Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh are among the all-star cast of the Western drama “The Hateful Eight.” Will Smith portrays the real-life Dr. Bennet Omalu in the football medical drama “Concussion.” Luke Bracey and Édgar Ramírez star in the remake of the action flick “Point Break.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from March 28 to April 3, 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 29, 2016: “The Hateful Eight” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
Set six or eight or 12 years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth and his fugitive Daisy Domergue, race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren, a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix, a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, a stagecoach stopover on a mountain pass. When they arrive at Minnie’s, they are greeted not by the proprietor but by four unfamiliar faces. Bob, who’s taking care of Minnie’s while she’s visiting her mother, is holed up with Oswaldo Mobray, the hangman of Red Rock, cow-puncher Joe Gage and Confederate General Sanford Smithers. As the storm overtakes the mountainside stopover, our eight travelers come to learn they may not make it to Red Rock after all. Starring Kurt Rusell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Demian Bichir. “The Hateful Eight” won an Oscar for Best Original Score.
For more info: “The Hateful Eight” website
March 29, 2016: “Concussion” (With bonus featurette; Same day as DVD), Rated TV-14.
“Concussion” is based on the true story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in football players, and the uphill battle he faced in bringing the information to the public. Starring Will Smith, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Albert Brooks.
For more info: “Concussion” website
March 29, 2016: “Point Break” (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
In the fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller “Point Break”(a remake of the 1991 film of the same name), a young FBI agent named Johnny Utah (played by Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes, led by the charismatic Bodhi (played by Édgar Ramírez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways. Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes. The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. These action adventure feats are performed by elite athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling.
For more info: “Point Break” website
March 29, 2016: “Thank You for Playing” (11 days after theatrical release)
The documentary “Thank You for Playing” follows Ryan Green and his family over two years through the creation of a game meant to honor the life of his terminally ill son. Beginning as a cathartic exercise, it soon evolves into a critically acclaimed fusion of art and technology that sets the gaming industry abuzz — a testament to the human spirit, reaching into the depths of despair and extracting something truly beautiful. David Osit and Malika Zouhali-Walker’s film is a thought-provoking testimony to the empathetic power of art, examining how we process grief through technology and the implications of documenting profound human experiences in a new artistic medium: the video game.
For more info: “Thank You for Playing” website
March 29, 2016: “Exposed” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
A police detective investigates the truth behind his partner’s death. The mysterious case reveals disturbing police corruption and a dangerous secret involving an unlikely young woman. Starring Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas, Mira Sorvino, Big Daddy Kane and Christopher McDonald.
For more info: “Exposed” website
March 29, 2016: “Anamolisa” (Weeks before DVD and Netflix releases), Rated R.
Anomalisa is a stop-motion animated film written by Charlie Kaufman, directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. In the movie, A man struggles with his inability to connect with other people. The voice cast includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis. “Anamolisa” received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.
For more info: “Anamolisa” website
March 31, 2016: “Born to Be Blue” (Six days after theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
Ethan Hawke lights up the screen as jazz legend Chet Baker, whose tumultuous life is thrillingly re-imagined with wit, verve, and style to burn. In the 1950s, Baker was one of the most famous trumpeters in the world, renowned as both a pioneer of the West Coast jazz scene and an icon of cool. By the 1960s, he was all but washed up, his career and personal life in shambles due to years of heroin addiction. In his innovative anti-biopic, director Robert Budreau zeroes in on Baker’s life at a key moment in the 1960s, just as the musician attempts to stage a hard-fought comeback, spurred in part by a passionate romance with a new flame (played by Camen Ejogo). Creatively blending fact with fiction and driven by Hawke’s virtuoso performance, “Born to Be Blue” unfolds with all the stylistic brio and improvisatory genius of great jazz.
For more info: “Born to Be Blue” website
April 1, 2016: “Natural Born Pranksters” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
The world’s three most notorious, ballsy, and outrageous YouTube pranksters come together for the first time to unleash the most epic pranks in an outrageous feature-film event. Jam-packed with cameos from some of YouTube’s biggest stars, watch as Roman Atwood, Dennis Roady, and Vitaly Zdorovetskiy take fearlessness and unbelievable social experiments to the next level.
For more info: “Natural Born Pranksters” website
April 1, 2016: “Caught”
Inspired by a true story, “Caught” follows Sabrina, a desperate housewife who kidnaps her husband’s teenage mistress Allie as a prank, but the situation spirals out of her control, leading her down a destructive path as she scrambles to salvage her picture perfect marriage, all while Allie fights to stay alive. Her husband Justin is pulled into the unraveling scheme, as he tries to atone for his sin by not giving in to Sabrina’s increasingly dark plans. Sabrina’s sister Paige also finds herself caught in the situation and struggles to get out from under Sabrina’s domineering thumb before she too is dragged past the point of no return. Starring Anna Camp, Stefanie Scott and Sam Page.
For more info: “Caught” website
April 1, 2016: “The Girl in the Photographs” (Same day as theatrical release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
In Nick Simon’s “The Girl in the Photographs,” Colleen’s life isn’t going anywhere. The small-town check-out girl with natural beauty is bored with her dead end job and annoyed by her apathetic boyfriend. This isn’t the life she wanted. In the midst of her turmoil, a pair of deranged serial killers begin leaving her photos of their mutilated victims. Her chance to escape comes in the form of Peter Hemmings, a hipster celebrity photographer who has traveled back to his hometown of Spearfish, South Dakota, with a pack of models, intent on copying the killers’ intense and unapologetic artistry. When he learns Colleen is the killers’ muse, Peter resolves to make her his own and use her as the centerpiece of a photo campaign in Los Angeles. But before Colleen can leave her old life behind, she must contend with the desires of her murderous stalkers who have chosen her last night in town to execute their most provocative work to date. Starring Claudia Lee, Kal Penn and Miranda Rae Mayo.
For more info: “The Girl in the Photographs” website
April 1, 2016: “Burning Bodhi” (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
When a young man reads on Facebook that his best friend from high school is dead, he reluctantly comes home to New Mexico to confront his troublesome parents, his heartbroken first girlfriend, and a ton of regrets.Starring Kaley Cuoco, Landon Liboiron, Cody Horn, Sasha Pieterse, Meghann Fahy, Eli Vargas, Virginia Madsen, Andy Buckley, Augusta Allen-Jones, Wyatt Denny and Juanita Trad.
For more info: “Burning Bodhi” website