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The week ahead: 'Veronica Mars,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Homefront' and more

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Kristen Bell stars in the movie version of the TV mystery series "Veronica Mars." Oscar Isaac portrays a struggling folk musician in 1960s New York City in the dark comedy "Inside Llweyn Davis." Christian Bale is an ex-con trying to solve the mystery of his missing younger brother in "Out of the Furnace." Jason Statham and James Franco face off in a battle of wills in "Homefront." These are among the films that premiere on demand from March 10 to March 16, 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:

March 10, 2014: "Perfect Sisters" (Before theatrical release), Rated TV-14.

In this drama, Abigail Breslin and Georgie Henley star as two sisters who drown their alcoholic mother (played by Mira Sorvino) in the bathtub. Her death is thought an accident, until the truth is uncovered.

For more info: "Perfect Sisters" website

March 11, 2014: "Inside Llewyn Davis" (Same day as DVD), Rated R.

"Inside Llewyn Davis" follows a week in the life of a young folk singer named Llewyn Davis (played by Oscar Isaac) as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles — some of them of his own making.

For more info: "Inside Llewyn Davis" website

March 11, 2014: "Out of the Furnace" (Same day as DVD; months before Netflix release), Rated R.

Russell Baze (played by Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell's brother Rodney (played by Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so with nothing left to lose, Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother.

For more info: "Out of the Furnace" website

March 11, 2014: "Homefront" (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.

"Homefront" stars Jason Statham as a former drug enforcement agent, Phil Broker, a family man who moves off the grid with his daughter, to a seemingly quiet bayou backwater to escape his troubled past. However, Broker’s world soon becomes anything but quiet once he discovers that an underbelly of drugs and violence riddles the small town. Soon, a sociopathic methamphetamine kingpin, Gator Bodine (played by James Franco) puts Broker and his daughter in harm’s way, forcing Broker back into action in order to save his family and the town.

For more info: "Homefront" website

March 11, 2014: “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” (Before theatrical release), Rated PG-13.

David Portnoy (played by Kodi Smit-McPhee), a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. Also starring James Le Gros, Alex Wolff, Katie Chang and Ben Kingsley.

For more info: "A Birder's Guide to Everything" website

March 11, 2014: "Dark House" (Before theatrical release), Rated R.

“Dark House” tells the story of a thrilling and horrifying road trip of a young man named Nick in search of his dark past. Full of twists and brutal surprises, “Dark House” is a suspenseful thriller about a young man and a chilling old house that has survived decades, awaiting the return of its prodigal son — a house that can escalate Nick’s gift to see death before it happens, but holds within its walls the origins of a dark family legacy so horrible it may have already reached out to Nick’s unborn child. Starring Tobin Bell, Luke Kleintank, Alex McKenna, Zack Ward and Lesley-Anne Down.

March 11, 2014: "Hated"

When a young punk rock band starts out in the underground music scene, the only thing they have is each other. But when a childhood friend with complicated connections to the group leverages her P.R. skills to get them noticed, they suddenly find themselves on the verge of making it big. The only question is how far they're willing to go in the pursuit of fame and fortune, and who they're willing to leave behind to get there. Starring Genevieve Padalecki, Chris Riggi, Ryan Donowho, Augustus Prew and Matthew Hutchinson.

For more info: "Hated" website

March 11, 2014: "Soap Life"

"Soap Life"' is a documentary about the changes taking place in the world of daytime drama. As more and more classic soap operas are cancelled or forced to move to exclusively new media distribution, the landscape of American television is going through unprecedented changes. Among those interviewed are executives, fans, and a number of current and former daytime stars to get their perspective on what it all means and what lies ahead. Starring: Agnes Nixon, Lisa LoCicero, Rick Hearst, Kristen Renton, Jill Larson and Bradford Anderson.

For more info: "Soap Life" website

March 13, 2014: “Face of Love” (Six days after theatrical release)

“Face of Love” is the story of a widow named Nikki (played by Annette Bening) who, several years after the loss of her husband Garrett, meets a man named Tom (played by Ed Harris), who looks exactly like her deceased husband. Suddenly, a flood of old feelings rush back to her: She's met the love of her life. Again. The film is a romantic story filled with humor, surprise, and reflections on the mystery of love surrounding us. Also starring Robin Williams and Jess Weixler.

For more info: "Face of Love" website

March 14, 2014: “13 Sins” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.

A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last. Starring Mark Webber, Ron Perlman and Rutina Wesley.

March 14, 2014: “Patrick: Evil Awakens” (Same day as theatrical release)

When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move, and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control. Starring Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson and Peta Sergeant.

For more info: "Patrick: Evil Awakens" website

March 14, 2014: “Better Living Through Chemistry” (Same day as theatrical release)

“Better Living Through Chemistry” follows the uneventful life of a small town pharmacist (played by Sam Rockwell) as it turns into a walk on the wild side when he embarks on a drug-and-alcohol fueled affair with a seductive customer. This hilariously funny dark comedy features a big-time cast who certainly delivers in laughs and amusement. Also starring Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Michelle Monaghan, Norbert Leo Butz, Harrison Holzer with Ray Liotta and Jane Fonda.

For more info: "Better Living Through Chemistry" website

March 14, 2014: “The Den” (Same day as theatrical release)

After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (played by Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as “The Den,” on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth. Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet. And eventually, Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.

For more info: "The Den" website

March 14, 2014: “Veronica Mars” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated PG-13.

Based on the mystery TV series of the same name, "Veronica Mars" stars Kristen Bell as the title character, an amateur-detective-turned-lawyer. A new case draws Veronica Mars back to her hometown of Neptune, California, just in time for her 10-year high school reunion. Veronica's ex-boyfriend Logan Echolls (played by Jason Dohring) is a suspect in a murder, and he asks for Veronica's help in proving his innocence. Also starring Enrico Colantoni, Percy Daggs III, Chris Lowell, Francis Capra, Krysten Ritter, Gaby Hoffmann and Daran Norris. "Veronica Mars" is the first major-studio movie released on VOD and in theaters on the same day.

For more info: "Veronica Mars" website

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