The story of pioneering rap group N.W.A. is told in the biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway star in the comedy “The Intern.” Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and Jake Gyllenhaal are among the ensemble cast of the disaster flick “Everest.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Jan. 18 to Jan. 24, 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:
Jan. 19, 2016: “Straight Outta Compton: The Director’s Cut” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated TV-MA.
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton” tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. “Straight Outta Compton” received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr. and Paul Giamatti.
For more info: “Straight Outta Compton” website
Jan. 19, 2016: “The Intern” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (played by Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (played by Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker’s charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules.
For more info: “The Intern” website
Jan. 19, 2016: “Everest” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, “Everest” documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival. Starring Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke, Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington and Emily Watson.
For more info: “Everest” website
Jan. 19, 2016: “The Condemned 2” (Same day as DVD release); Rated R.
“The Condemned 2” follows a former bounty hunter (played by Randy Orton), who soon finds himself on the run as part of a newly revamped, high-stakes and deadly Condemned tournament. After a failed mission to capture the leader of a deadly gambling ring (played by Wes Studi), bounty hunter Will Tanner (played by Orton) becomes the hunted: a human target in a game which forces contestants to kill or be killed. As high rollers bet on who will survive, Will, his father (played by Eric Roberts), and their fellow teammates wage an all-out war against the deadly game’s wicked mastermind (played by Michael Quezada).
For more info: “The Condemned 2” website
Jan. 19, 2016: “Freeheld” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell and Michael Shannon give acclaimed performances in this stirring film based on a true story. After detective Laurel Hester (played by Moore) is diagnosed with cancer, she learns that government officials won’t award her pension benefits to her domestic partner, Stacie Andree (played by Page). Refusing to accept the officials’ decision, Laurel and Stacie lead a battle for equal rights in this unforgettable movie that speaks to the power of love and the pursuit of justice.
For more info: “Freeheld” website
Jan. 19, 2016: “Stonewall” (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
“Stonewall” is a drama about a fictional young man caught up during the 1969 Stonewall riots. Danny Winters (played by Jeremy Irvine) is forced to leave behind friends and loved ones when he is kicked out of his parent’s home and flees to New York. Alone in Greenwich Village, homeless and destitute, he befriends Ray (played by Jonny Beauchamp) and a group of street kids who soon introduce him to the local watering hole The Stonewall Inn; however, this shady, mafia-run club is far from a safe-haven. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, we see a rage begin to build. This emotion runs through the entire community of young gays, lesbians, drag queens and trans people who populate the Stonewall Inn and erupts in a storm of anger. With the toss of a single brick, a riot ensues and a crusade for equality is born.
For more info: “Stonewall” website
Jan. 19, 2016: “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
Like most teenage girls, Minnie Goetze (played by Bel Powley) is longing for love, acceptance and a sense of purpose in the world. Minnie begins a complex love affair with her mother’s boyfriend, “the handsomest man in the world,” Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). What follows is a sharp, funny and provocative account of one girl’s sexual and artistic awakening, without judgment. Also starring Kristen Wiig. Set in 1976 San Francisco, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” is based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel of the same name.
For more info: “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” website
Jan. 19, 2016: “Woodlawn” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG.
A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field. Starring Caleb Castille, Sean Astin, Sherri Shepherd and Jon Voight.
For more info: “Woodlawn” website
Jan. 22, 2016: “Mohave” (Same day as theatrical release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
In this intense classical thriller, from an original screenplay by Oscar-winning writer William Monahan, a violent artist named Thomas (played by Garrett Hedlund) has an ominous encounter in the desert with a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter named Jack (played by Oscar Isaac). Jack follows Thomas back to his privileged L.A. home life, holding a dark secret over his head as he attempts to infiltrate and destroy his seemingly-perfect life. Thomas must come to terms with his own insecurities and self-doubt to protect himself and his family, and go head-to-head with his nemesis in a riveting two-man clash that plays out in exciting and unexpected ways.
For more info: “Mohave” website
Jan. 22, 2016: “Synchronicity” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
“Synchronicity” is a mind-bending sci-fi noir in the tradition of Blade Runner, Gattaca and Memento. Daring physicist Jim Beale has invented a machine that can fold space-time and ruthless corporate tycoon Klaus Meisner will stop at nothing to get it. When Jim uses the machine to tear open the fabric of the universe, a rare Dahlia appears from the future. But in order to keep the rights to his invention he must prove that it works by finding the flower’s identical match in the present. Jim soon discovers that the Dahlia lies in the hands of the mysterious Abby, who seduces him into revealing his secrets. Convinced that she is in league with Klaus to take ownership of his life’s work, Jim travels back in time to stop the conspiracy before it can happen. But once in the past, Jim uncovers a surprising truth about Abby, the machine, and his own uncertain future. Starrring Chad McKnight, AJ Bowen, Brianne Davis, Scott Poythress and Michael Ironside.
For more info: “Synchronicity” website
Jan. 22, 2016: “Exposed” (Same day as theatrical release)
When a detective starts to investigate his partner’s shocking death, he uncovers disturbing evidence of police corruption and a dangerous secret involving an unlikely young woman. Starring Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas, Christopher McDonald, Big Daddy Kane and Mira Sorvino.
For more info: “Exposed” website
Jan. 22, 2016: “Prescription Thugs” (Same day as theatrical release)
“Prescription Thugs” is filmmaker Chris Bell’s hard-hitting and thought-provoking exposé of Big Pharma, its marketing practices and its impact on the staggering level of addiction to prescription drugs in North America. Executive produced by Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley, this documentary is compelling viewing.
For more info: “Prescription Thugs” website
Jan. 22, 2016: “JeruZalem” (Same day as theatrical release)
“JeruZalem” follows Rachel (played by Yael Grobglas) and her friend Sarah (played by Danielle Jadelyn), two American girls on vacation in Jerusalem. The two follow Kevin (played by Yon Tumarkin), a mysterious and handsome anthropology student, into the heart of the Old City. The party is cut short when a biblical prophecy comes to pass on the night of Yom Kippur and Jerusalem’s gate to hell is opened, releasing an epic apocalypse. Trapped between the ancient walls of the holy city, the trio must survive long enough to find a way out as the fury of hell is unleashed upon them.
For more info: “JeruZalem” website