Ice Cube and Kevin Hart return for the comedy sequel “Ride Along 2.” Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton star in the Western flick “Jane Got a Gun.” Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld headline the drama “Term Life.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from April 25 to May 1, 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:
April 26, 2016: “Ride Along 2” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases; with gag reel), Rated TV-14.
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the returning lineup of the cop comedy “Ride Along 2.” This time, the unlikely duo goes to Miami to take down a drug overlord. The movie also stars Olivia Munn, Tika Sumpter, Ken Jeong and Benjamin Bratt.
For more info: “Ride Along 2” website
April 26, 2016: “Krampus” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does he know, this lack of festive spirit has unleashed the wrath of Krampus: a demonic force of ancient evil intent on punishing non-believers. All hell breaks loose as beloved holiday icons take on a monstrous life of their own, laying siege to the fractured family’s home and forcing them to fight for each other if they hope to survive. Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette and David Koechner.
For more info: “Krampus” website
April 26, 2016: “Jane Got a Gun” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
Jane Hammond (played by Natalie Portman) has built a life on the rugged western plains with her husband Bill “Ham” Hammond (played by Noah Emmerich) and young daughter. When Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after a run-in with the relentless John Bishop (played by Ewan McGregor) and his gang, she knows they will not stop until her family is dead. In desperation, Jane turns to Dan Frost (played by Joel Edgerton), a man from her past, for help. Haunted by old memories, Jane’s past meets the present in a heart-stopping battle for survival.
For more info: “Jane Got a Gun” website
April 26, 2016: “Son of Saul” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
in the Hungarian film “Son of Saul,” Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child’s body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial. Starring Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár and Urs Rechn. “Son of Saul” won an Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film.
For more info: “Son of Saul” website
April 26, 2016: “The Driftless Area” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
Pierre Hunter (played by Anton Yelchin), a bartender with unyielding optimism, returns to his tiny hometown after his parents’ death. When he falls for the enigmatic Stella (played by Zooey Deschanel), Pierre is unknowingly pulled into a cat-and-mouse game that involves a duffel bag full of cash, a haphazard yet determined criminal (played by John Hawkes), and a mystery that will determine all of their fates. Also starring Alia Shawkat, Frank Langella, Aubrey Plaza, and Ciarán Hinds.
For more info: “The Driftless Area” website
April 28, 2016: “High-Rise” (One month before theatrical release), Rated R.
Based on JG Ballard’s 1975 novel, “High-Rise” is a futuristic parable for the Thatcher era, set in a towering apartment building where the social strata ascend as the floors go up. Dr. Robert Laing (played by Tom Hiddleston) has just moved into the upper level of the building with all the amenities he’ll ever need. He soon gets to know some of his neighbors at wild cocktail parties and drug-fueled orgies. They include a faded actress (played by Sienna Miller), an unfaithful documentary filmmaker (played by Luke Evans) and his pregnant wife (played by Elisabeth Moss), and the upper class architect of the building (played by Jeremy Irons). As power outages become more frequent and building flaws emerge, the regimented social structure begins to crumble. Nihilism, drugs and alcohol feed into wanton sex and destruction, all underscored by Clint Mansell’s wicked music and Mark Tildesley’s designs, reveling in decadent 1970s chic.
For more info: “High-Rise” website
April 26, 2016: “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson” (Same day as DVD release)
“Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson” celebrates the long-buried talent of lesbian artist Edith Lake Wilkinson who was part of the early Provincetown art scene and produced an astounding body of work. In 1924 she was committed to an asylum, encouraged by the family lawyer who subsequently siphoned off her funds. Objections had also been raised to Edith’s “close and constant contact” with her longtime companion Fannie. Once she was put away, Edith’s work and all her worldly possessions were packed into trunks and shipped off to a relative in West Virginia, where they sat in an attic for the next 40 years. Edith was never heard from again. Edith’s great-niece Jane Anderson grew up surrounded by Edith’s paintings, thanks to her mother who had gone poking through that dusty attic and rescued Edith’s work. Anderson learned to paint and draw under the influence of her great-aunt’s brilliant, light-drenched canvasses. When she started pursuing her own life as an artist, Anderson began a decades-long journey to get Edith’s work back out into the world. The film follows Anderson and her spouse Tess in their efforts to find answers to the mystery of Edith’s buried life, return the work to Provincetown, and have Edith’s contributions recognized by the art world. “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson” is about rescuing the work of lost and gifted souls out of attics and closets and forgotten rooms.
For more info: “Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson” website
April 29, 2016: “Sacrifice” (Same day as theatrical release)
Disturbing secrets lie buried in the bogs of a remote island in this spellbinding thriller. Shortly after surgeon Tora Hamilton (played by Radha Mitchell) moves with her husband (played by Rupert Graves) to the Shetland Islands — 100 miles off the coast of Scotland — she makes an unnerving discovery: the body of a young woman with strange symbols carved into her flesh and her heart ripped out. When what at first appears to be the remains of a victim of an ancient ritual turns out to be a fresh corpse, Tora is plunged into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to the dark myths of the island’s folklore.
For more info: “Sacrifice” website
April 29, 2016: “Term Life” (Same day as 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, Jordi Molla, Shea Whigham, Jon Favreau, William Levy, Taraji P. Henson, Annabeth Gish and Terrence Howard.
For more info: “Term Life” website
May 1, 2016: “Raising the Bar”
After a disappointing performance at her last competition, 16-year-old Kelly moves from the U.S. to Australia to accompany her mother, allowing her a break from her high-pressure life as a gymnast. But, she’s pulled back into the world of competitive gymnastics when she gets a chance to help out a new friend and compete against an old rival. Kelly will have to rebuild her self-confidence and make amends with her past if she wants to move forward with her new life. Starring Kelli Berglund, Peta Shannon and Jordyn Wieber.
For more info: “Raising the Bar” website
May 1, 2016: “Memoria” (Weeks before DVD), Rated R.
“Memoria” tells the story of Ivan, a 17-year-old living in Palo Alto, California. Unable to get along with his mother and his stepfather at home, Ivan looks for acceptance among his friends — a group of rebellious teenagers who experiment with sex and drugs and engage in self-destructive behavior. A complex and introverted boy, Ivan is shattered by the chaos and the apathy of the world around him. He retreats to a world inside his mind — a world that is ultimately as cruel as the one he left behind. Starring James Franco, Sam Dillon, Thomas Mann, Keith Stanfield, Bo Mitchell, Ruby Modine and Cole Alexander.
For more info: “Memoria” website