Russell Crowe plays a biblical character in “Noah.” Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway lead an all-star voice cast in the animated sequel “Rio 2.” Jude Law is an ex-con who goes on a wild journey to collect an unpaid debt in “Dom Hemingway.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from July 28 to Aug. 3, 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 29, 2014: “Noah” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
Russell Crowe stars as Noah in this film inspired by the epic biblical story of courage, sacrifice and hope. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Also starring Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Douglas Booth and Logan Lerman.
For more info: “Noah” website
July 29, 2014: “Rio 2” (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated G.
It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in “Rio 2,” after they’re hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all: his father-in-law. This animated film has an all-star voice cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will.i.am, Jemaine Clement, Tracy Morgan, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Rodrigo Santoro, Andy Garcia, Rita Moreno, Natalie Morales, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jamie Foxx.
For more info: “Rio 2” website
July 29, 2014: “Dom Hemingway” (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
In the dark comedy “Dom Hemingway,” Jude Law plays the title character, a hedonistic ex-con who pays a visit to a crime lord named Mr. Fontaine (played by Demian Bichir) who owes him a huge debt. Along the way, Dom is accompanied by his faithful friend/sidekick Dickie Black (played by Richard E. Grant), and Dom tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter Evelyn (played by Emilia Clarke).
For more info: “Dom Hemingway” website
July 29, 2014: “Red Lines”
In 2011, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad answered his nation’s demands for freedom by launching a brutal war on his own people. While the U.S. drew red lines for intervention, Assad ramped up the attacks, killing civilians and children, leveling cities, targeting journalists, and blocking humanitarian aid to millions of victims. Abandoned by the outside world, individual citizens stepped up to fill the roles of banned journalists, international aid agencies, and impotent foreign governments. The documentary “Red Lines” tells the story of two such activists on a mission to save Syria — one that means smuggling aid into war zones, brokering their own weapons’ deals, and striving to create enclaves of civil, democratic society in their homeland.
July 29, 2014: “Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United” (Same day as DVD)
In Marvel’s animated film “Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United,” Iron Man and Captain America battle to keep the Red Skull and his triggerman, Taskmaster, from unleashing an army of Hydra Brutes on the world! With Iron Man’s intellect and Cap’s combat training, the two born leaders must learn to work together and appreciate each other’s skills in order to save the world from the evil throes of Hydra. All the fun of the Iron Man/Hulk dynamic from the first “Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United,” is matched here with the rapport between Captain America and Iron Man. The movie’s voice cast includes Adrian Pasdar, Roger Craig Smith, Fred Tatasciore and David Kaye.
July 30, 2014: “War Story” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
Lee (played by Catherine Keener) is a war photographer who has spent her adult life in the world’s most treacherous conflict zones, documenting the catastrophes of others. When we meet her, she has recently experienced her own horror after being taken hostage and brutalized in Libya. Instead of returning to New York where her concerned colleagues and loved ones anxiously await her, Lee detours to Sicily instead, where she holes up in a small hotel to weather her post-traumatic stress disorder on her own terms, not far from the home of her former lover and mentor Albert (played by Ben Kingsley). As Lee struggles to recover from her psychic and physical wounds, she crosses paths with Hafsia (played by Hafsia Herzi), a young Tunisian migrant in need of an abortion and safe passage to France, who bears a striking resemblance to a Libyan girl Lee photographed just before her capture. Desperate to connect, Lee tries to help Hafsia, and conquer her own formidable demons in the process.
For more info: “War Story” website
July 31, 2014: “Frontera” (Before theatrical release), Rated PG-13.
“Frontera,” directed by Michael Berry, follows the events that take place after a former Arizona sheriff’s wife (played by Amy Madigan) is killed while riding on their ranch. It appears a Mexican man (played by Michael Peña) crossing in to the U.S. illegally is at fault. While the former sheriff (played by Ed Harris) and current sheriff (played by Aden Young) search for answers stateside, the accused man’s wife (played by Eva Longoria) sets out on her own journey to find her husband and lives are changed forever.
For more info: “Frontera” website
Aug. 1, 2014: “The Calling” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
Detective Hazel Micallef (played by Susan Sarandon) hasn’t had much to worry about in the sleepy town of Port Dundas until a string of gruesome murders in the surrounding countryside brings her face to face with a serial killer driven by a higher calling. Also starring Ellen Burstyn and Topher Grace.
Aug. 1, 2014: “The One I Love” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
Two spouses (played by Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss) who are struggling to save their marriage go to a romantic retreat at the suggestion of their marriage counselor (played by Ted Danson). Unusual events at the retreat give the spouses more than they expected.