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The week ahead: 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' 'Walk of Shame' and more

Ben Stiller directed and stars in a remake of the dramedy "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." Elizabeth Banks stars as a TV reporter who races against time to get to work after a drunken night out leaves her stranded without a car, money, ID and a phone in "Walk of Shame." Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin are two strangers who fall in love over a holiday weekend in the romantic drama "Labor Day." These are among the films that premiere on demand from April 28 to May 4, 2014. (Check with your cable or satellite provider for a lineup of on-demand channels on your system.)

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"
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Here is a list of those movies and their on-demand premiere dates:

April 29, 2014: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG.

Ben Stiller directs and stars in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," James Thurber's classic story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (played by Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

For more info: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" website

April 29, 2014: "Labor Day" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.

“Labor Day” centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler (played by Gattlin Griffith), who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive, divorced mother Adele (played by Kate Winslet), while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers (played by Josh Brolin), a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.

For more info: "Labor Day" website

April 29, 2014: "The Legend of Hercules" (Same day as DVD; available in 3-D), Rated PG-13.

In the epic origin story "The Legend of Hercules," Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero: the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land.

For more info: "The Legend of Hercules" website

April 29, 2014: "Black Nativity" (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG.

The musical "Black Nativity" follows Langston (played by Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (played by Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (played by Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.

For more info: "Black Nativity" website

April 29, 2014: "Great Expectations" (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.

Young orphan Pip is given a chance to rise from his humble beginnings thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Moving through London’s class ridden world as a gentleman, Pip uses his new found position to pursue the beautiful Estella; a spoilt heiress he’s loved since childhood. Yet the shocking truth behind his great fortune will have devastating consequences for everything he holds dear. Starring Jeremy Irvine, Holliday Grainger, Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.

For more info: "Great Expectations" website

April 29, 2014: "Gimme Shelter" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.

A teenager named Apple (played by Vanessa Hudgens) runs away from her troubled mother (played by Rosario Dawson) in search of her father (played by Brendan Fraser) whom Apple has never met. Forced into the streets in a desperate journey of survival, Apple discovers a new meaning of family and life at a local teen shelter, where she bonds with a group of girls just like herself. Based on a true story.

For more info: "Gimme Shelter" website

April 29, 2014: “Gloria” (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

In the Spanish-language film "Gloria," Paulina García plays Gloria, who is 58 years old and still feels young. Making a party out of her loneliness, she fills her nights seeking love in ballrooms for single adults. This fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion, to which Gloria gives everything as she feels it may well be her last, leaves her dancing between hope and despair. Gloria will have to pull herself together and find a new strength to realize that, in the last act of her life, she could burn brighter than ever. Also starring Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla, Fabiola Zamora, Coca Guazzini, Hugo Moraga and Alejandro Goic.

For more info: "Gloria" website

April 29, 2014: "Discopath"

The mid-70′s: a timid young New Yorker leads an uneventful life until he is fatefully exposed to the pulsating rhythms of a brand-new genre of music: disco. Unable to control his murderous impulses that stem from a traumatic childhood experience, Duane Lewis transforms into a dangerous serial killer exiled to Montreal. In French with English subtitles.

For more info: "Discopath" website

May 1, 2014: “The Sacrament” (Before theatrical release)

From acclaimed writer/director Ti West and master of horror Eli Roth, “The Sacrament” follows two Vice Media correspondents as they set out to document their friend's journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of Eden Parish, a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as Father. As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives. Starring Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz and Gene Jones.

For more info: "The Sacrament" website

May 2, 2014: “Walk of Shame” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.

The outrageous comedy “Walk of Shame” stars Elizabeth Banks as a resourceful reporter whose one-night stand with a handsome stranger (played by James Marsden) leaves her stranded the next morning in downtown Los Angeles without a phone, car, ID or money — and only eight hours before the most important job interview of her career. Also starring Gillian Jacobs, Sarah Wright Olsen, Kevin Nealon, Ethan Suplee, Bill Burr and Willie Garson.

For more info: "Walk of Shame" website

May 2, 2014: “Blood Glacier” (Same day as theatrical release)

Janek is a technician on a climate observation station high up in the German Alps, one of a team of scientists preparing their outpost for visit from the Environment Minister. Their routine is interrupted by a strange discovery; a red liquid pouring from a nearby glacier, melted free from the ice crust that is shrinking with climate change. When the “glacier blood” comes in contact with the local wildlife, it causes changes that are at first curious, then horrifying. Soon, Janek and his team have their hands full defending themselves and the station against a growing horde of biological monstrosities. Starring Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren, Hiller Beseler and Peter Knaack.

For more info: "Bood Glacier" website

May 2, 2014: “NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage” (Same day as theatrical release)

“NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage” takes us along with 20 British and American actors on a whirlwind ten month international tour of “Richard III,” led by Kevin Spacey in the title role, and directed by Sam Mendes. The film follows Mendes’ Bridge Project —the first transatlantic theatre company — as the play takes shape and unfolds for us in spellbinding excerpts from the stage production as it travels through nine cities. As we discover Spacey’s revelatory performance as the power-mad Richard destroying his family and everyone in his path, we see him demonstrate how leadership can unify and bring the best out of the group.

For more info: "NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage" website

May 2, 2014: “Decoding Annie Parker” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.

The dramatic film "Decoding Annie Parker," based on a true story, is about two women on remarkable journeys over 15 years. The brave, very funny and always irreverent Anne Parker watches her family stalked and devastated by a cruel illness, and as singular her spirit she is still deeply affected as she is left virtually alone in the world. Mary Claire King, a brilliant geneticist, believes there is a genetic link to the type of cancer that afflicts people like Annie but few believe her and even fewer support her. As the years pass, the illness reaches Annie and changes not only her body, but her relationship with her husband and her son, both little equipped to deal with the mayhem that descends upon them. Remarkably, Annie rises up and fights against the odds. Starring Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt, Aaron Paul, Corey Stoll, Maggie Grace, Alice Eve, Rashida Jones, Marley Shelton, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, Ben McKenzie and Bob Gunton.

For more info: "Decoding Annie Parker" website

May 2, 2014: “Sex After Kids”

This edgy ensemble comedy follows the sexual exploits of several couples as they navigate the world of parenthood and romance. Newlyweds with a newborn try to align their baby’s schedule and their libidos. An aloof single mom has a brother who insists that she should get back out in the world. A lesbian couple finds they don't share the same child-rearing principles. A single dad grows tired of one-night stands. Recent empty nesters wonder if they can find the spark that brought them together. Sex After Kids” shows how relationships and ideals are put to the test with the question: Is it possible to have children and a sex life, and is it even worth it? Starring Paul Amos, Shannon Beckner and Katie Boland.

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