Johnny Depp stars as real-life gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in “Black Mass.” Michael Fassbender portrays Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs in the drama “Steve Jobs.” Bryan Cranston is blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in “Trumbo.” Antonio Banderas headlines the cast of “The 33,” based on the true story of 33 miners in Chile who were trapped for 69 days in 2010. Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Feb. 15 to Feb. 21, 2016. (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:
Feb. 16, 2016: “Black Mass” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix & Redbox releases), Rated R.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (played by Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (played by Johnny Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
For more info: “Black Mass” website
Feb. 16, 2016: “Steve Jobs” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix & Redbox), Rated R.
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. “Steve Jobs” received two Oscar nominations: Best Actor (for Fassbender) and Best Supporting Actress (for Kate Winslet).
For more info: “Steve Jobs” website
Feb. 16, 2016: “Trumbo” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix & Redbox), Rated R.
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (played by Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. “Trumbo” (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice of the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (played by Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. Cranston received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his role in “Trumbo.”
For more info: “Trumbo” website
Feb. 16, 2016: “The 33” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix & Redbox), Rated PG-13.
The true story of the 2010 collapse of a Chilean mine and the rescue of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for 69 days. Starring Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin and Cote de Pablo
For more info: “The 33” website
Feb. 16, 2016: “Term Life” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
Everyone wants Nick (played by Vince Vaughn) dead. A desperate man, Nick takes out a life insurance policy on himself, payable to his estranged daughter (played by Hailee Steinfeld). But the policy doesn’t take effect for 21 days and he might not live that long. Also starring Bill Paxton, Jonathan Banks, Mike Epps, Jon Favreau, Jordi Molla, Shea Whigham, William Levy, Taraji P. Henson, Annabeth Gish, Terrence Howard and Cain Velasquez.
For more info: “Term Life” website
Feb. 16, 2016: “Sand Castles”
In rural Indiana, Noah (played by Jordon Hodges) and his family are wrestling with the mysterious return of his sister, Lauren (played by Ann Winters), who was kidnapped and held captive for ten years and is now mute. Each family member has dealt with Lauren’s disappearance in their own way, some more self-destructively than others. With Lauren’s return, the Daly family struggles to become a whole family again. Her reappearance also inflames a renewed interest to identify and catch her kidnapper.
For more info: “Sand Castles” website
Feb. 19, 2016: “Forsaken” (Same day as theatrical release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated TV-MA.
In 1872, John Henry Clayton (played by Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (played by Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, but his father does not want his son to return to a life of violence.
For more info: “Forsaken” website
Feb. 19, 2016: “Theeb” (Weeks before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated TV-PG.
In the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming of age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. “Theeb” (from the country of Jordan) received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film. Starring Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat and Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen.
For more info: “Theeb” website
Feb. 19, 2016: “Admiral”
When the young republic of The Netherlands is attacked by England, France and Germany and the country itself is on the brink of civil war, only one man can lead the county’s strongest weapon, the Dutch fleet: Michiel de Ruyter. Starring Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer, Frank Lammers, Aurélie Meriel and Sanne Langelaar.
For more info: “Admiral” website
Feb. 19, 2016: “Crazy About Tiffany’s” (Same day as theatrical release)
Tiffany & Co. has captured the aspirational dreams of the world with its legendary jewels, signature blue box, and timeless elegance and sophistication. From past to present, from the behind the scenes characters to those clients beholden to the charm of Tiffany & Co., this fully authorized documentary seeks to capture how a simple jewelry store dating from 1837 has woven itself into the American culture and consciousness to become an unparalleled global phenomenon.
For more info: “Crazy About Tiffany’s” website
Feb. 19, 2016: “Rolling Papers” (Same day as theatrical release)
At ground zero of the green rush, The Denver Post became the first major media outlet to appoint a marijuana editor. Policy news, strain reviews, parenting advice and edible recipes are the new norm in the unprecedented world of pot journalism. This documentary stars Ricardo Baca, Greg Moore, Ry Prichard, Brittany Driver and Jake Browne.
For more info: “Rolling Papers” website
Feb. 19, 2016: “Snowtime!” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated PG.
“Snowtime!”— based on the acclaimed live-action film classic “La Guerre des Tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War)” — is a captivating cinematic adventure about hope and friendship. To amuse themselves during the winter school break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. Luke and Sophie, both 11 years old, become the leaders of the opposing sides. Sophie and her cohort defend an elaborate snow fort against the assault of Luke’s horde. Whichever side occupies the fort at the end of the winter break, wins. But what starts out as pure youthful fun and enthusiasm deteriorates into a more serious conflict, where children learn valuable life lessons on friendship, the importance of unity, and the emotional consequences of vicious rivalry. This animated film features the voices of Angela Galuppo, Lucinda Davis, Sonja Ball, Don Shepherd and Jenna Wheeler. This animated film features the voices of Angela Galuppo, Lucinda Davis, Sonja Ball, Don Shepherd and Jenna Wheeler.
For more info: “Snowtime!” website
Feb. 19, 2016: “Victor Frankenstein” (Same day as HD release), Rated PG-13.
Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (played by James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (played by Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.
For more info: “Victor Frankenstein” website