Scarlett Johansson is a seductive alien from outer space in "Under the Skin." Robin Wright stars as a fictionalized version of herself in the futuristic drama "The Congress." Adolescence in pop culture is the subject of the documentary "Teenage." Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from July 14 to July 20, 2014. (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:
July 15, 2014: “Under the Skin” (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
In the sci-fi drama "Under the Skin," Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious alien in human form who drives around Scotland picking up men and then killing them. The movie is directed by Jonathan Glazer.
For more info: "Under the Skin" website
July 15, 2014: “The Congress” (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
An aging actress (played by Robin Wright) decides to take her final job: preserving her digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Through a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (played by Harvey Keitel) and the head of Miramount Studios (played by Danny Huston), her alias will be controlled by the studio, and will star in any film they want with no restrictions. In return, she receives healthy compensation so she can care for her ailing son and her digitized character will stay forever young. Twenty years later, under the creative vision of the studio’s head animator (played by Jon Hamm), her digital double rises to immortal stardom. With her contract expiring, she is invited to take part in “The Congress” convention as she makes her comeback straight into the world of future fantasy cinema.
For more info: "The Congress" website
July 15, 2014: “Video Games: The Movie” (Three days before theatrical release), Rated TV-G.
“Video Games: The Movie” is an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Narrated by Sean Astin and featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, “Video Games: The Movie” is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead.
For more info: "Video Games: The Movie" website
July 15, 2014: “Teenage” (Same day as DVD), TV-MA.
Teenage pop culture didn’t always exist. In this documentary of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and voices lifted from early 20th century diary entries, a struggle erupts between adults and adolescents to define a new idea of youth. Featuring narration by Jena Malone and Ben Whishaw.
For more info: "Teenage" website
July 15, 2014: “A Brony Tale” (One week after theatrical release)
Lots of little girls love the cute, cuddly and colorful equine creatures featured in the cartoon series “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.” Apparently, so do a shocking number of adult males. Director Brent Hodge and executive producer Morgan Spurlock explore this bizarre yet compelling phenomenon in the acclaimed documentary “A Brony Tale.”
For more info: "A Brony Tale" website
July 15, 2014: "Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story"
“Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story” weaves a charming narrative from Hustler's nightclub inception all the way through the ever-changing landscape of adult entertainment in the 21st century. Director Michael Lee Nirenberg, the son of one of the magazine's original art directors, takes a look at the personalities and features that made Hustler an offensive and infamous magazine. Featuring rare candid interviews with publisher Larry Flynt, as well as the magazine's editors, cartoonists, models, attorneys, art directors, and detractors.
For more info: "Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story" website
July 18, 2014: “Aftermath”
When the devastating horror of a nuclear apocalypse becomes a reality, nine strangers find themselves holed up together in a farmhouse cellar. These would-be survivors are faced with dwindling supplies, radioactive air and the greatest threat of all: the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in. Starring Edward Furlong, Monica Keena, Andre Royo and C.J. Thomason.
July 18, 2014: “Among Ravens” (Same day as theatrical release)
An annual 4th of July weekend hosted by troubled couple Wendy (played by Amy Smart) and Ellis (played by Josh Leonard) is seen through the eyes of Joey (Johnny Sequoia), Wendy's ten year old daughter. Ellis is a trust-fund baby, who is devoted to Wendy and Joey, but oblivious to the fact that his wife feels disconnected from him; Wendy, a former college radical, feigns a happiness she has secretly lost. Among the couple's invited guests are: Saul, Wendy’s former husband, a successful writer whom we come to discover has never written a thing in his life; Will, Saul's alcoholic ghost writer who is suffering from writer’s block; Emma, Saul’s wife, who is having an affair with Will; and Hal, the rootless hippie life coach and Wendy’s best friend. Into this combustible mix walks Chad, a nature photographer who forces the old friends into uncomfortable situations that reveal long buried secrets and cause the group to re-examine their relationships over the course of the weekend.
For more info: "Among Ravens" website