Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone star in the “Rocky” spinoff movie “Creed.” Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie are three friends who spend a wild night out on Christmas Eve in the comedy “The Night Before.” Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander star as a married couple whose relationship changes when the husband realizes he is a transgender woman. Tom Hardy stars as real-life gangster twin Ronald and Reggie Kray in “Legend.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Feb. 29 to March 6, 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:
March 1, 2016: “Creed” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG-13.
“Creed” reunites writer/director Ryan Coogler with his “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, and explores a new chapter in the “Rocky” story, starring Academy Award nominee Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. Adonis Johnson (played by Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa. Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks down Rocky (played by Stallone) and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo — the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring. With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring? Also starring Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad and Anthony Bellew. Stallone received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Creed.”
For more info: “Creed” website
March 1, 2016: “The Night Before” (Same day as DVD release; with gag reel), Rated TV-MA.
Ethan (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Isaac (played by Seth Rogen) and Chris (played by Anthony Mackie) have been friends since childhood, and for a decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball: the Holy Grail of Christmas parties.
For more info: “The Night Before” website
March 1, 2016: “The Danish Girl” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
“The Danish Girl” is remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (played by Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. “The Danish Girl” was nominated for four Oscars. Vikander won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film.
For more info: “The Danish Girl” website
March 1, 2016: “Legend” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix & Redbox), Rated R.
From Oscar-winning filmmaker Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) comes the true story of London’s most notorious gangsters: twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray (played by Tom Hardy). As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea (played by Emily Browning). In and out of prison, Ronnie’s unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie’s marriage threaten to bring the brothers’ empire tumbling to the ground.
For more info: “Legend” website
March 1, 2016: “Miss You Already” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
“Miss You Already” is an honest and powerful story following two best friends — Milly (played by Toni Collette) and Jess (played byDrew Barrymore) — as they navigate life’s highs and lows. Inseperable since they were young girls, they can’t remember a time they didn’t share everything — secrets, clothes, and even boyfriends — but nothing prepares them for the day Milly is hit with life-altering news. A story for every modern woman, “Miss You Already” celebrates the bond of true friendship that ultimately can never be broken, even in life’s toughest moments.
For more info: “Miss You Already” website
March 1, 2016: “We Come As Friends” (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated TV-14.
The documentary “We Come As Friends” is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old “civilizing” pathology re-emerges: that of colonialism, the clash of empires, and new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources. Oscar-nominated director Hubert Sauper takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made, tin and canvas flying machine. He leads us into most improbable locations and into people’s thoughts and dreams, in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Chinese oil workers, U.N. peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords and American evangelists ironically weave common ground in this documentary.
For more info: “We Come As Friends” website
March 1, 2016: “Ratter” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
We’re constantly connected through our phones, laptops and the Web every moment of every day. But while we look at our screens, who’s looking at us? Meet Emma, a beautiful young grad student who has just moved from the Midwest to New York, excited to be on her own in the big city. But when a stalker hacks into her devices, he destroys Emma’s illusions of privacy and she discovers just how fragile our sense of security can be. Ashley Benson stars in this thriller psychological thriller that explores a world where the cameras are always on and someone’s always watching.
For more info: “Ratter” website
March 1, 2016: “Dudes and Dragons” (Same day as DVD release)
When a powerful wizard (played by James Marsters) vows to rid the land of love through the use of his fire-breathing dragon, a brave team of eccentric warriors embark on a grand quest to break the curse, defeat the wizard, and slay his terrible beast. Also starring Kaitlin Doubleday, Luke Perry, Adam Johnson, Maclain Nelson, Clare Niederpruem, Jake Van Wagoner and Erik Denton.
For more info: “Dudes and Dragons” website
March 1, 2016: “Gored”
Antonio Barrera is the most gored bullfighter in modern history, and known to perform with total abandonment. He’s been gored twenty three times, an unusually high number that includes seventeen surgeries, countless broken bones and many mental scars. Now with a family to consider, a body that won’t hold up and a lack of interest from promoters, Barrera has decided to retire. Before his last bullfight, he is conflicted. After taking such a beating all his life, he dreams of staying alive for his family. Yet he still fantasizes of becoming a well-known bullfighter, a dream that he and his father shared, and to do that he feels he must sacrifice himself to the bulls. Will he survive his final performance?
For more info: “Gored” website
March 1, 2016: “Kill or Be Killed” (Same day as DVD release)
Claude “Sweet Tooth” Barbee and his gang of cutthroat outlaws — the most wanted men in Texas — are on a desperate ride across five hundred miles of badlands to recover a fortune in hidden loot from their most daring robbery. But Barbee and his crew aren’t the only coldblooded killers riding the range. With a large “dead or alive” cash bounty on their heads, the outlaws are being picked off one by one. What began as a hard journey driven by greed becomes a feverish race to survive in what the Austin Chronicle calls “a spaghetti Western chock-full of grit and blood.” Starring Justin Meeks, Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Greg Kelly, Luce Rains, Arianne Margot, Bridger Zadina, Deon Lucas, Larry Grant Harbin, Karrie Cox , Edwin Neal, Pepe Serna and Michael Berryman.
For more info: “Kill or Be Killed” website
March 4, 2016: “The Wave” (Same day as theatrical release)
Nestled in Norway’s Sunnmøre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Åkerneset overlooking the village — and constantly threatening to collapse into the fjord — it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. After putting in several years at Geiranger’s warning center, geologist Kristian (played by Kristoffer Joner) is moving on to a prestigious gig with an oil company. But the very day he’s about to drive his family to their new life in the city, Kristian senses something isn’t right. The substrata are shifting. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that mountain begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has 10 minutes to get to high ground before a tsunami hits, consuming everything in its path.
For more info: “The Wave” website
March 4, 2016: “Road Games” (Same day as theatrical release)
After a disastrous summer trip, Jack finds himself hitchhiking through the sun-drenched rural French countryside with nothing but his British passport. Unaware of dangers that are plaguing the roads, he tries without much success to get home. Along the way, he partners up with another hitchhiker, a beautiful French girl, Véronique. But when they accept a ride from a local oddball (played Frédéric Pierrot), the pair finds themselves thrown in a deadly game of cat and mouse in which nothing is what it seems. Bursting with nonstop twists and turns and an undercurrent of Hitchcockian malice, this riveting psychological thriller is a hell of a ride. Also starring Andrew Simpson, Josephine De La Baume, Barbara Crampton and Feodor Atkine.
For more info: “Road Games” website