Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron are among the stars of the comedy “Neighbors.” Brenton Thwaites and Laurence Fishburne are part of the sci-fi drama “The Signal.” Kate Hudson and James Franco headline the thriller “Good People.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Sept. 22 to Sept. 28, 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:
Sept. 23, 2014: “Neighbors” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
In the comedy “Neighbors,” married couple Mac and Kelly Radner (played by Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) have settled into a routine, domesticated lifestyle, including raising their infant daughter. But things change drastically when a rowdy college fraternity moves next door to the Radners, who start to resent that their quiet existence has been disrupted by the hard-partying frat. The tension builds until the Radners declare war on the frat and its leader Teddy Sanders (played by Zac Efron) in an effort to get rid of the frat from the neighborhood.
For more info: “Neighbors” website
Sept. 23, 2014: “The Signal” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
Three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area. Suddenly everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic (played by Brenton Thwaites), regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare. Also starring Laurence Fishburne, Sarah Clarke, Olivia Cooke and Beau Knapp.
For more info: “The Signal” website
Sept. 23, 2014: “Deep Powder”
In a snowy, picturesque New England town, an invisible dividing line exists between local blue-collar residents and the privileged, Ivy League-reared students of a prestigious boarding school. But beautiful and reckless boarding school senior Natasha Tabor (played by Haley Bennett) doesn’t care about much of anything, let alone unspoken social rules. When she eyes Danny (played by Shiloh Fernandez), a ski lift operator from the other side of town, she is immediately intrigued, ensnaring him in a doomed relationship. Natasha is soon tapped by her secret society, the Deep Powder Alpine Country Club, to make its annual drug run to Ecuador, a tradition funded by the social club’s alumni who use the yearly trek to score an allotment of high-grade cocaine. Flush with cash and coasting on waves of adrenaline, Natasha and Danny set off on a journey that she foolishly convinces him is without danger but that ultimately leads to devastating outcomes for everyone involved. Inspired by true events from the early ’80s.
For more info: “Deep Powder” website
Sept. 23, 2014: “It Was You Charlie” (Before theatrical release)
“It Was You Charlie” is a dark comedy-drama that tells the story of a lonely graveyard shift doorman named Abner. Once an accomplished sculptor and college art teacher, he is now sadly a mere shadow of his former self — heartbroken because of an unresolved conflict with his brother over a woman he once loved. At the same time, he is consumed with guilt and suicidal thoughts – profoundly haunted a year after a terrible car accident that took the life of the young woman in the other vehicle. After meeting Zoe, a young, free-spirited taxi driver, something magical happens to Abner as he begins a quest to seek redemption, and reconcile his conflicted past. Starring Michael D. Cohen, Emma Fleury, Aaron Abrams, Anna Hopkins and Mike Wilmot.
For more info: “It Was You Charlie” website
Sept. 25, 2014: “White Bird in a Blizzard” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears, just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it.
For more info: “White Bird in a Blizzard” website
Sept. 26, 2014: “Good People” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
Young American couple Tom and Anna Reed (James Franco and Kate Hudson) fall into severe debt while renovating Anna’s family home in London. As the couple faces the loss of their dream to have a house and start a family, they discover that the tenant in the apartment below them has been murdered and he left behind a stash of cash — $400,000 worth. Though initially hesitant, Tom and Anna decide that the plan is simple: all they have to do is quietly take the money and use only what’s necessary to get them out of debt. But when they start spending the money and can’t seem to stop, they find themselves the target of a deadly adversary — the thief who stole it — and that’s when very bad things start happening to good people.
For more info: “Good People” website
Sept. 26, 2014: “Days and Nights” (Same day as theatrical release)
“Days and Nights” is writer/director Christian Camargo’s directorial debut, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and set in rural New England in the 1980s. The film centers around Elizabeth (played by Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter (played by Camargo) to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The household includes her ailing brother (William Hurt), her artist son (played by Ben Whishaw), his ethereal muse (played by Juliet Rylance), the family doctor (played by Jean Reno) and the estate’s custodian (Russell Means), the careless caretaker (played by Michael Nyqvist) and his wife (played by Cherry Jones), their temperamental daughter (played by Katie Holmes) and her long suffering ornithologist husband (played by Mark Rylance), the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young. During the weekend a disastrous turn of events leads the family from dysfunction to heartbreak and ultimately salvation.
For more info: “Days and Nights” website
Sept. 26, 2014: “Field of Lost Shoes,” Rated PG-13.
Based on a true story of the American Civil War, culminating at the Battle of New Market in May 1864, a group of teenage cadets, sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute, must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley. Starring David Arquette, Luke Benward, Max Lloyd-Jones, Zach Roerig, Lauren Holly, Mary Mouser, Nolan Gould, Jason Isaacs and Tom Skerritt.
For more info: “Field of Lost Shoes” website
Sept. 26, 2014: “Plastic”
“Plastic” tells the story of intelligent and brazen Sam (played by Ed Speleers), who leads a ring of recruited university students to become credit card thieves to supplement their income. They inadvertently rob a notorious gangster named Marcel (played by Thomas Kretschmann) and are then forced to up their game 10 times the amount stolen with interest. They take their scam on the road to Miami, the city of “high stakes” to pay off their debt. After a series of unfortunate mistakes, Sam’s team falls short of their debt and they set their sights on a daring jewelry heist. Sam now needs to finish the scam, while turning the tables on Marcel before everyone in the team goes down. Also starring Will Poulter, Alfie Allen, Sebastian De Souza and Emma Rigby.
For more info: “Plastic” website
Sept. 26, 2014: “Hellaware” (Same day as theatrical release)
“Hellaware” gently satirizes the world of high-brow art through the eyes of a wannabe photographer who becomes consumed by the bright lights of mainstream success. Jaded by the “incestuous, New York, socialite shit” that sells at prominent art galleries, Nate (played by Keith Poulson) embarks on a quest for a more authentic brand of contemporary art. When a coked-up YouTube search leads to a music video from Delawarean Goth rappers Young Torture Killers, an Insane Clown Posse knock-off, Nate knows he’s found his subjects. He soon drags his friend-with-benefits Bernadette (played by Sophia Takal) to rural Delaware to shoot the group playing in their parents’ basement. To “immerse himself” in the group’s culture and add an extra layer of realism to his work, Nate befriends the rappers and makes return trips to get to know them. But as his relationship with group develops, he becomes increasingly aware that, while you can take the boy out of the art world, you can’t take the art world out of the boy.
For more info: “Hellaware” website