Tom Hanks stars in the Oscar-nominated political drama “Bridge of Spies.” Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford play Mary Mapes and Dan Rather in the CBS News scandal docudrama “Truth.” Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton are rival political campaign strategists in “Our Brand Is Crisis.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Feb. 8 to Feb. 14, 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. 1, 2016: “Yosemite” (Weeks before DVD, Netflix and Redbox release), Rated R.
It’s the autumn of 1985. In intertwining tales by James Franco, three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, California. Chris drives up to Yosemite for the weekend with his dad (played by James Franco) and discovers a corpse in the woods. Joe, left to his own devices by his babysitter, befriends a lonely drifter who shares his love of comic books. Meanwhile, a mountain lion is spotted in Palo Alto in broad daylight and Ted searches for his cat, who has gone missing Based on the short stories “Yosemite” and “Peter Parker” from James Franco’s collection “A California Childhood.” Also starring Henry Hopper and Steven Wiig.
For more info: “Yosemite” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “Bridge of Spies” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG-13.
A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (played by Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life. “Bridge of Spies” was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (for Mark Rylance) and Best Original Screenplay.
For more info: “Bridge of Spies” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “Truth” – with bonus featurette (Same day as DVD release), Rated TV-MA.
On the morning of September 9, 2004, veteran CBS News producer Mary Mapes (played by Cate Blanchett) believed she had every reason to feel proud of a broadcast journalism job well done. By the end of the day, Mapes, CBS News and the venerable CBS News anchor Dan Rather (played by Robert Redford) would be under harsh scrutiny. The evening before, “60 Minutes II” had aired an investigative report, produced by Mapes and reported on-air by Rather, that purported to reveal new evidence proving that President George W. Bush had possibly shirked his duty during his service as a Texas Air National Guard pilot from 1968 to 1974. The piece asserted that George W. Bush had not only exploited family connections and political privilege to avoid the Vietnam War by joining the Texas Air National Guard, but he had failed for many months to fulfill his most basic Guard obligation — showing up on base. But within days after the story broke, George W. Bush’s military service record was no longer the focus of media and public scrutiny. Instead, it was “60 Minutes,” Mapes and Rather who were under question: The documents supporting their investigation were denounced as forgeries, and the “60 Minutes” staff was accused of shoddy journalism or, perhaps worse, accused of being duped.
For more info: “Truth” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “Our Brand Is Crisis” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
Academy Award winners Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton star in the satirical comedy “Our Brand is Crisis,” from director David Gordon Green and producers Grant Heslov and George Clooney, the Oscar-winning producers of “Argo.” A Bolivian presidential candidate failing badly in the polls enlists the firepower of an elite American management team, led by the deeply damaged but still brilliant strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine (played by Bullock). In self-imposed retirement following a scandal that earned her nickname and rocked her to her core, Jane is coaxed back into the game for the chance to beat her professional nemesis, the loathsome Pat Candy (played by Thornton), now coaching the opposition. But as Candy zeroes in on every vulnerability – both on and off the campaign trail – Jane is plunged into a personal crisis as intense as the one her team exploits nationally to boost their numbers. “Our Brand is Crisis” reveals the cynical machinations and private battles of world-class political consultants for whom nothing is sacred and winning is all that matters. The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Joaquim de Almeida, Ann Dowd, Scoot McNairy, Zoe Kazan and Reynaldo Pacheco.
For more info: “Our Brand Is Crisis” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “The Last Witch Hunter” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG-13.
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder (played by Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch (played by Julie Engelbrecht), decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race. Also starring Elijah Wood and Michael Caine.
For more info: “The Last Witch Hunter” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “Suffragette” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality: their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational. Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Wishaw and Meryl Streep.
For more info: “Suffragette” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “Martyrs” (Same day as DVD release)
Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them. Starring Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble and Kate Burton.
Feb. 2, 2016: “Rock the Kasbah” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
A has-been rock manager from Van Nuys, California stumbles upon a once-in-a-lifetime voice in a remote Afghan cave in Rock the Kasbah, a dramatic comedy inspired by stranger-than-fiction, real-life events and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson. Richie Lanz (played by Bill Murray), dumped and stranded in war-torn Kabul by his last remaining client (played by Zooey Deschanel), discovers Salima Khan (played by Leem Lubany), a Pashtun teenager with a beautiful voice and the courageous dream of becoming the first woman to compete on national television in Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol.” Richie partners with a savvy hooker (played by Kate Hudson), a pair of hard-partying war profiteers (played by Danny McBride and Scott Caan) and a hair-trigger mercenary (played by Bruce Willis) and, braving dangerous cultural prejudices, manages his new protégée into becoming the “Afghan Star.”
For more info: “Rock the Kasbah” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “Dr. Cabbie”
An unemployed doctor-turned-cab driver becomes a local hero when he converts his taxi into a mobile clinic. “Dr. Cabbie” is a heartwarming comedy about a young Indian doctor who immigrates to Canada and faces roadblocks in his effort to heal others but discovers his true purpose, and true love, along the way. Starring Vinay Virmani, Adrianne Palicki, Kunal Nayyar, Lillette Dubey, Isabelle Kaif, Mircea Monroe, Rizwan Manji and Chris Diamantopoulos.
For more info: “Dr. Cabbie” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “The Challenger” (Same day as DVD release)
“The Challenger” follows the life and struggles of a young, Bronx auto mechanic named Jaden Miller (played by Kent Moran, who wrote and directed the movie). When Jaden and his mother (played by S. Epatha Merkerson) are evicted from their home, he will do everything in his power to stop them from living on the streets. With the help of legendary trainer, Duane Taylor (played by Michael Clarke Duncan), Miller soon finds that Boxing may be their ticket to a better life. Earning the title ‘Bronx Boy,’ Jaden becomes a local hero and wins a big fight. His victory captures the attention of a cable network, and soon the producers decide to create a reality show around him and his goal to fight his way to the Light-Heavyweight Title.
For more info: “The Challenger” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “Barney Thomson” (Before theatrical release)
Barney Thomson — awkward, diffident, Glasgow barber — lives a life of desperate mediocrity and his uninteresting life is about to go from zero to 60 in five seconds, as he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer. Directed by and starring Robert Carlyle in his directorial debut the film features Emma Thompson, Ray Winstone and Tom Courtenay.
For more info: “Barney Thomson” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)” (Same day as DVD release)
Told with a nuanced detail from the younger brother’s point of view, this drama takes a refreshingly unadorned and impartial look at an essentially loving environment where social conditions are governed by corruption and false ideals. Based on the stories from the bestselling book “Sightseeing” by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, the film unfolds as a riveting dramatic portrayal of poverty and privilege, corruption and the compromises of growing up in contemporary Thailand. Starring Ingkarat “Ryu” Damrongsakkulas and Natarat Lakha “Nut.”
For more info: “The Challenger” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “Effie Gray” (Same day as DVD release); weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases, Rated PG-13.
In “Effie Gray,” Emma Thompson peers boldly inside the forbidden realms of Victorian society through the true story of the marriage of Effie Gray and renowned art critic John Ruskin, courageously exposing a secret world of unrequited passion hidden behind the veil of an opulent public life. Set in an era when neither divorce, nor gay marriage were an option, “Effie Gray” is the story of a beautiful young woman coming of age, and finding her own voice in a world where women were expected to be seen but not heard. Within the lush environs of a world brimming with art, painting and high society and feverishly bucolic scenes of the Scottish countryside, “Effie Gray” explores the intricate relationship between sexual intolerance, repression and desire which continue to permeate society today. In this impeccably crafted period drama, Thompson delicately and incisively probes the marital politics of the Victorian Era and beyond.
For more info: “Effie Gray” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “Big Stone Gap” (Same day as DVD release); weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases, Rated PG-13.
Writer and director Adriana Trigiani brings her best-selling novel “Big Stone Gap” to the screen in a heartwarming tale of family secrets and self-discovery in a tiny mountain town during the late 1970s. Shot entirely on location in the real Big Stone Gap, Trigiani’s hometown, the film is captures the joys, the tribulations and the rewards of life deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Ave Maria Mulligan (played by Ashley Judd) has lived her whole life in tiny Big Stone Gap, a picturesque coal-mining town nestled in the hollers of southwestern Virginia. When she’s not making deliveries from her family’s pharmacy to far-flung neighbors, Ave Maria directs the annual outdoor drama festival, keeps chaste company with her longtime beau, Theodore (played by John Benjamin Hickey), and exchanges good-natured barbs with local hunk Jack MacChesney (played by Patrick Wilson). Just as Ave Maria has resigned herself to life as a self-proclaimed “old maid,”she is caught off guard by a family secret, an unexpected marriage proposal and a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Big Stone Gap by movie legend Elizabeth Taylor. With everything she knows changing before her eyes, Ave Maria plans the adventure of a lifetime in Big Stone Gap, a homespun romantic comedy about small-town life, working people and the triumph of love.
For more info: “Big Stone Gap” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” (Same day as DVD release); weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases, Rated PG.
“The Prophet,: by celebrated Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran, is among the most popular volumes of poetry ever written, selling over 100 million copies in 40 languages since its publication in 1923. Gibran’s timeless verses have been given enchanting new form in this painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression. This breathtaking animated feature, produced and spearheaded by Salma Hayek, was an official selection at Cannes and made its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), the film intersperses Gibran’s elegant poetry within stunning animated sequences. Set in a Mediterranean seaside village, Kamila (voiced by Salma Hayek) cleans house for exiled artist and poet Mustafa (voiced by Liam Neeson), but the more difficult job is keeping her free-spirited young daughter, Almitra (voiced by Quvenzhané Wallis), out of trouble. The three embark on a journey meant to end with Mustafa’s return home. But first, they must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in his words will incite rebellion. Featuring music from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Gabriel Yared and Yo-Yo Ma.
For more info: “Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet” website
Feb. 2, 2016: “Ladrones” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG-13.
Crime has never been this much fun! After a ruthless businesswoman steals land deeds from a community of Mexican families, two former thieves (played by Fernando Colunga and Eduardo Yáñez) come out of retirement to steal them back. With a ragtag team that includes a spiritualist, a clumsy ranch hand, a struggling actor, and an amateur meteorologist, the modern-day Robin Hoods attempt a caper for the ages in this wildly entertaining sequel to the smash hit “Ladrón que roba a ladrón”
For more info: “Ladrones” website
Feb. 3, 2016: “Difret” (Weeks before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated TV-14.
From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama “Difret,” based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights. When 14-year-old Hirut is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage, she fights back, accidentally killing her captor and intended husband. Local law demands a death sentence for Hirut, but Meaza, a tough and passionate lawyer from a women’s legal aide practice, steps in to fight for her. With both Hirut’s life and the future of the practice at stake, the two women must make their case for self-defense against one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-rooted traditions. “Difret” paints a portrait of a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.
For more info: “Difret” website
Feb. 5, 2016: “4th Man Out” (Same day as theatrical release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated TV-MA.
Just like his pals, twentysomething auto mechanic Adam enjoys beer, hockey and inappropriate bodily functions. But Adam also likes guys. Starring Evan Todd, Parker Young, Chord Overstreet, Jon Gabrus, Jennifer Damiano, Jordan Lane Price, Alex Rennie, Jake Epstein, Brooke Dillman, Kate Flannery, Alex Rennie, Doug Moe, Laura Harrier and Nick Clark.
For more info: “4th Man Out” website