Ralph Fiennes headlines the comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” David Duchovny and Hope Davis are among the cast of the drama “Louder Than Words.” Selena Gomez stars in the comedy “Behaving Badly.” The late film critic Roger Ebert is profiled in the documentary “Life Itself.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from June 30 to July 6, 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 1, 2014: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” recounts the adventures of Gustave H (played by Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa (played by Tony Revolori), the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent. Also starring F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson.
For more info: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” website
July 1, 2014: “Louder Than Words” (Before theatrical release), Rated PG-13.
Based on an extraordinary true story, “Louder Than Words” finds a married couple, John (played by David Duchovny) and Brenda (played by Hope Davis), trying to put their life together after the tragic death of their young daughter, Maria (played by Olivia Steele-Falconer). As they deal with their numbing grief, they discover a way to honor their daughter’s wish for health and well-being for all children. With the help of their community, led by good friend Bruce (played by Timothy Hutton), they establish a children’s hospital called the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital: a state-of-the-art health facility that brings the whole family into the healing process.
For more info: “Louder Than Words” website
July 1, 2014: “Behaving Badly” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
In this comedy teenager Rick Stevens (played by Nat Wolff) tries to woo his dream girl Nina Pennington (played by Selena Gomez) and gets into all kinds of shenanigans along the way. Also starring Elisabeth Shue, Heather Graham, Mary-Louise Parker, Dylan McDermott, Jason Lee,Cary Elwes, Gary Busey and Patrick Warburton.
July 1, 2014: “Half of a Yellow Sun” (Weeks before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
Based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the drama “Half of a Yellow Sun” is the story of a refugee couple during the Nigerian-Biafran War from 1967 to 1970. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle, Onyeka Onwenu, and Genevieve Nnaji.
For more info: “Half of a Yellow Sun” website
July 1, 2014: “The Lunchbox” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG.
Middle-class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Starring Irrfan Khan and Nimrat Kaur.
For more info: “The Lunchbox” website
July 1, 2014: “Mutual Friends”
“Mutual Friends” is an ensemble comedy following several intertwining stories of relationship fools traveling through a day in New York City on their way to a surprise party destined to fail. Starring Devin Burnam, Derek Cecil, Michael Chernus, Christina Cole, Shannon Esper, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Cheyenne Jackson, Jennifer LaFleur, Britt Lower, Ross Partridge, Annika Peterson, Vanessa Ray, Peter Scanavino and Michael Stahl-David.
For more info: “Mutual Friends” website
July 1, 2014: “My America”
Filmmaker Peter Hegedus grew up in socialist Hungary and reveled in American movies and the values he thought they promoted: truth, justice, and hope for a safer world. But 20 years later, he wonders whether the America of his dreams ever existed. From the streets of Tehran to Tiananmen Square and from the refugee camps of Africa to the White House, “My America” follows Peter on a six-year quest across five continents to find out what happened to the America of his childhood.
For more info: “My America” website
July 1, 2014: “Haunting of Cellblock 11”
“Haunting of Cellblock 11” (formerly titled “Apparitional”) follows a group of ghost hunters who must up their game to compete in the competitive world of paranormal TV shows. Their thirst for ratings leads them to a truly haunted prison with a grisly past that proves to be more than they bargained for. The paranormal chiller comes from the husband-and-wife production team Andrew P. Jones and Linara Washington, under their Picture Palace Films banner. Along with co-producing the film, Jones directed, wrote and scored the feature, which stars Washington. The ghost hunting cast also includes Jeffrey S.S. Johnson, Charley Koontz, John Zderko and Dee Wallace as the demanding TV executive who pushes the team for better ratings, or face cancellation.
For more info: “Haunting of Cellblock 11” website
July 2, 2014: “School Dance” (Same day as theatrical release)
High schooler Jason has found his dream girl: the gorgeous Anastacia. There’s just one problem: she doesn’t know he exists. If he can win a spot on the school’s hottest dance crew, Jason might have a shot. But before he does, he’ll have to overcome his battle-ax of a mother, survive Anastacia’s gangsta brother, and pass the crew’s initiation-in this fresh, sexy, and outrageously funny comedy. “School Dance” is the first feature film directed by Nick Cannon.
For more info: “School Dance” website
July 2, 2014: “Premature” (Same day as theatrical release)
Rob is facing the biggest day of his life. He needs to nail a college interview ensuring his admittance to his parents’ beloved alma mater, keep his cool when life-long crush Angela (nicknamed After School Special for a reason) finally seems to show interest, and deal with his best friends as they realize their high school days are ending. As pressure mounts, something weird happens. He finds himself reliving the day’s events over and over again. Whether it’s finding a way to get into Georgetown, into Angela’s pants, or having an even bigger epiphany, Rob must figure out how to break the cycle before losing his mind. Starring John Karna, Craig Roberts, Katie Findlay, Alan Tudyk, Adam Riegler, Carlson Young and Elon Gold.
For more info: “Premature” website
July 4, 2014: “Life Itself” (Same day as theatrical release)
Acclaimed director Steve James and executive producers Martin Scorsese and Steven Zaillian present “Life Itself,” a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert — a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful, and transcendent. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same name, “Life Itself” explores the legacy of Roger Ebert’s life, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism at the Chicago Sun-Times to becoming one of the most influential cultural voices in America.
For more info: “Life Itself” website
July 4, 2014: “Beyond the Edge” (Same day as theatrical release)
This dramatized adventure story of the first ascent of Mt. Everest was written and directed by Leanne Pooley. In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of earth’s great challenges. Standing at over 29,000 feet, the world’s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. Faced with treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Edmund Hillary, a modest bee-keeper and keen mountaineer from Auckland, New Zealand, and the very experienced Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, of Nepal, finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest. It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era. For the first time, and with the support of the Hillary family, Sir Edmund’s story is brought to life on the big screen, “relived” using both original footage, photographs and newsreels as well as dramatized reconstructions of the ascent in 3-D.
For more info: “Beyond the Edge” website