Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright are the voices of the main characters in the animated film “The Good Dinosaur.” Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber and John Slattery portray the real-life Boston Globe team that uncovered a child-molestation scandal in the Catholic Church in “Spotlight.” Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay play a mother and son held in captivity in “Room.” Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda are among the all-star cast of “Youth.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Feb. 22 to Feb. 28, 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. 23, 2016: “The Good Dinosaur” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG.
“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of doing. The voice cast includes Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Raymond Ocho and Jack Bright.
For more info: “The Good Dinosaur” website
Feb. 23, 2016: “Spotlight” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix & Redbox), Rated R.
“Spotlight” tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaper’s tenacious “Spotlight” team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed and co-written by Academy Award nominee Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight” is a tense investigative dramatic thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest cover-ups in modern times. Starring Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James and Billy Crudup. “Spotlight” is nominated for six Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (for Ruffalo), Best Supporting Actress (for McAdams), Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
For more info: “Spotlight” website
Feb. 23, 2016: “Room” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix & Redbox), Rated R.
Both highly suspenseful and deeply emotional, “Room” is a unique and touching exploration of the boundless love between a mother and her child. After 5-year-old Jack (played by Jacob Tremblay) and his Ma (played by Brie Larson) escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery: the outside world. As he experiences all the joy, excitement, and fear that this new adventure brings, he holds tight to the one thing that matters most of all: his special bond with his loving and devoted Ma. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, “Room” received four Oscar nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.
For more info: “Room” website
Feb. 23, 2016: “Youth” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix & Redbox), Rated R.
“Youth” is about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Oscar-winning actor Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, who brings along his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and best friend Mick (played by Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life. “Youth” received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song (for “Simple Song #3).
For more info: “Youth” website
Feb. 23, 2016: “Secret in Their Eyes” (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox release), Rated PG-13.
A tight-knit team of rising investigators — Ray (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Jess (played by Julia Roberts), along with their supervisor Claire (played by Nicole Kidman) — is suddenly torn apart when they discover that Jess’s teenage daughter has been brutally and inexplicably murdered. Now, thirteen years later, after obsessively searching every day for the elusive killer, Ray finally uncovers a new lead that he’s certain can permanently resolve the case, nail the vicious murderer, and bring long-desired closure to his team. No one is prepared, however, for the shocking, unspeakable secret that will reveal the enduring, destructive effects of personal vengeance on the human soul. This American movie is a remake of the 2009 Argentine film “The Secret in Their Eyes.”
For more info: “Secret in Their Eyes” website
Feb. 23, 2016: “My All-American” (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG.
From Angelo Pizzo, the writer of “Rudy” and “Hoosiers,” comes “My All-American,” the true story of Freddie Steinmark (played by Finn Wittrock), one of most beloved players of legendary Univerity of Texas at Austin football Coach Darrell Royal, an underdog who led his team to a championship season and was an inspiration both on and off the field.
For more info: “My All-American” website
Feb. 26, 2016: “The Last Man on the Moon” (Same day as theatrical release)
“The Last Man on the Moon” is powered by the same adrenaline, drama and raw emotions experienced by former NASA astronaut and Navy Captain Eugene “Gene” Cernan. When Cernan became the last man to step off of the surface of the moon in December 1972, he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic and deeply personal story of fulfillment, love and loss. Five years in the making, the documentary unveils a wealth of rare archival footage and takes Cernan back to the launch pad at Cape Kennedy (now NASA Kennedy Space Center), to the Arlington National Cemetery, and to his Texas ranch where he tries to find respite from a past that refuses to let him go. The film features exclusive interviews with former astronauts, such as Apollo 12 crew-members Alan Bean and Dick Gordon and Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell, as well as NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz and Director of Flight Operations Chris Kraft.
For more info: “The Last Man on the Moon” website
Feb. 26, 2016: “Backtrack” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter (played by Adrien Brody) delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right. “Backtrack” is a spine-chilling ghost story from the acclaimed writer/director Michael Petroni.
For more info: “Backtrack” website