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The week ahead: 'The Smurfs 2,' 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' and more

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Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Hank Azaria return for "The Smurfs 2"; Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower star in movie version of the young-adult book "The Mortal Instrument: The City of Bones" and Jared Leto directs and stars in the Thirty Seconds to Mars documentary "Artifact." These are some of the movies that premiere on demand from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8, 2013. (Check with your cable or satellite provider for a lineup of on-demand channels on your system.)

Here is a list of those movies and their on-demand premiere dates:

Dec. 3, 2013: "The Smurfs 2" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG.

In this sequel to the hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants — and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs — Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world’s greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus – or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue? Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Katy Perry and Hank Azaria.

For more info: "The Smurfs 2" website

Dec. 3, 2013: "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.

Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (played by Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (played by Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series. Also starring Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

For more info: "The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones" website

Dec. 3, 2013: "Artifact"

"Artifact" is an award-winning documentary directed by Jared Leto about his band Thirty Seconds to Mars and the band's battle with its record company over Thirty Seconds to Mars' album "This Is War." The band sued to get out of its contract, and the movie shows what happened behind the scenes.

For more info: "Artifact" website

Dec. 3, 2013: "All the Light in the Sky" (Before theatrical release)

In “All the Light in the Sky,” Jane Adams stars as an actress living in Malibu who faces harsh realities of the industry as her age exempts her from more and more acting opportunities. Amidst this career and life crisis enters the actress’ niece, played by Sophia Takal, who arrives for a weekend stay and ushers in a complex prism of emotional insecurities. Can the actress confront her fears, complicated relationships, and figure out how to navigate mid-life in Hollywood?

For more info: "All the Light in the Sky" website

Dec. 3, 2013: "S#x Acts" (Before theatrical release)

Naïve teen Gili (played by Sivan Levy) changes schools and is determined to improve her social status by hooking up with the most popular guys. But as she pushes her own limits with every new encounter — offering a succession of sexual favors and allowing herself to be photographed and filmed — the line of consent begins to blur. Israeli filmmaker Jonathan Gurfinkel's provocative debut is raw, racy, and immediately recognizable. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

For more info: "S#x Acts" website

Dec. 3, 2013: "After the Factory"

Detroit has been running on fumes since the fall of the auto industry and Poland’s textile industry in Lodz has been hanging by a thread since the fall of communism. In both cities, their populations have fled, their unemployment has spiked, and now, they’re both knee-deep in the pressures of re-building their economies. "After the Factory" presents an opportunity to learn from these two diametrically different cultures as their entire way of life transitions to something new. Stories from the citizens are inspiring. Ideas from community leaders are thought-provoking. Free-thinking entrepreneurs are putting a new spin on traditional concepts of growth.

For more info: "After the Factory" website

Dec. 3, 2013: "For Real"

Six-year-old Shruti knows something no one else does: an alien has come in place of her mother and her real mother has been sent to the Orion Galaxy. While the alien looks just like her mother on the outside, Shruti knows she is completely different from her beloved mother on the inside. This charming and original drama reveals a child's passage to finding her real mother, a man's struggle to save his family, and a woman's journey to finding herself.

For more info: "For Real" website

Dec. 3, 2013: "Stitched"

"Stitched" is a documentary that follows three art quilters for one year leading up to the largest quilting competition in the U.S. held annually in Houston. Caryl Bryer Fallert, Hollis Chatelain and Randall Cook. Directed by Jenalia Moreno, who is one of the "Stitched" producers.

For more info: "Stitched"

Dec. 5, 2013: "The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box" (Before theatrical release), Rated PG.

Ancient mysteries. Powerful evil. And a fearless hero’s quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic… In “The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box,” 17-year-old Mariah Mundi’s life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. Following a trail of clues to the darkly majestic Prince Regent Hotel, Mariah discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long-lost artifact that grants limitless wealth — but also devastating supernatural power. Starring Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd and Aneurin Barnard.

Dec. 6, 2013: "Crave" (Same day as theatrical release)

A downtrodden photographer, haunted by the urban violence and decay around him, retreats into an inner world of dark fantasies. Those dangerous visions explode in reality with deadly consequences when his intoxicating new relationship with a beautiful young woman goes sour. Starring Josh Lawson, Emma Lung, Ron Perlman and Edward Furlong.

For more info: "Crave" website

Dec. 6, 2013: "Live at the Foxes Den" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-PG.

A corporate attorney quits his job at a high-profile law firm to become the singer at an old cocktail lounge called the Foxes Den, becoming deeply involved in the lives of its staff and regulars. Starring Jackson Rathbone, Jocelin Donahue, Jack Holmes, Brian Doyle-Murray, Bob Gunton, Pooch Hall and Elliott Gould.

For more info: "Live at the Foxes Den" website

Dec. 6, 2013: "The Penguin King" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-G.

Also known as "Adventures of the Penguin King," this documentary (originally from the U.K.) is narrated by Tim Allen in the U.S version. Rex, a young King Penguin, has been away from his home for three years, learning to hunt in the wild oceans, but now he's back in Penguin City. His mission: to find a mate, settle down and raise a chick. But can he survive the numerous predators and the harsh conditions on an isolated island at the bottom of the world? This is the journey of a typical bachelor King Penguin, from awkward adolescent to accomplished adult. It's a family tale of love and adventure, tragedy and triumph, all told through the charismatic and charming natural actors, the penguins of South Georgia.

Dec. 6, 2013: "Twice Born" (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.

A mother (played by Penélope Cruz) brings her teenage son to Sarajevo, where his father died in the Bosnian conflict years ago. Also starring Emile Hirsch, Saadet Aksoy, Pietro Castellitto and Adnan Haskovic.

For more info: "Twice Born" website


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