Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy star in the dramatic film “The Revenant.” Marlon Wayans headlines the comedy spoof “Fifty Shades of Black.” Rob Schneider leads the voice cast of the animated film “Norm of the North.” Zoe Saldana portrays singer Nina Simone in the biopic “Nina.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from April 18 to April 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:
April 19, 2016: “The Revenant” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
Inspired by true events, “The Revenant” is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (played by Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. “The Revenant” is directed and co-written by Academy Award winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The film, which was a major hit with critics and movie audiences, won three Oscars: Best Actor (for DiCaprio), Best Director and Best Cinematography.
For more info: “The Revenant” website
April 19, 2016: “Fifty Shades of Black” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
“Fifty Shades Of Black” is an outrageous comedy starring Marlon Wayans in the role of Mr. Black. The movie, which spoofs “Fifty Shades of Grey,” also stars Kali Hawk, Affion Crockett, Jane Seymour, Andrew Bachelor, Florence Henderson, Jenny Zigrino, Fred Willard and Mike Epps.
For more info: “Fifty Shades of Black” website
April 19, 2016: “Norm of the North” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG.
A polar bear of many words, Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do…he heads to New York City to stop it. With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day. The voice cast of this animated film includes Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Bill Nighy, Gabriel Iglesias, Loretta Devine and Colm Meaney.
For more info: “Norm of the North” website
April 19, 2016: “The Lady in the Van” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG-13.
Alan Bennett’s story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with writer Alan Bennett to bring this rare and touching portrait to the screen.
For more info: “The Lady in the Van” website
April 19, 2016: “Ip Man 3” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG-13.
Donnie Yen ignites the screen in a return to the role that made him an icon: as Ip Man, the real-life Wing Chun grandmaster who mentored Bruce Lee. In this explosive third installment of the blockbuster martial arts series, when a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (played by Mike Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. Fists will fly as some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed play out on the big screen in this soon-to-be genre classic.
For more info: “Ip Man 3” website
April 19, 2016: “Paradox” (Four days after theatrical release)
A group of young scientists are working on a secret project that may allow them to travel ahead in time. They test it by sending one of their own ahead one hour. He returns pleading with them to shut it down, explaining that within that hour, they will all die. Starring Zoë Bell, Malik Yoba and Adam Huss.
April 22, 2016: “Nina” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
She was one of the century’s most extraordinary talents, a 15-time Grammy nominee and Grammy Hall of Fame Recipient; her mesmerizing songs and passionate politics combined to make her the unforgettable Nina Simone (played by Zoe Saldana). But fame and fortune came with a price, and her later years were riddled with depression, alcohol abuse and isolation. Rediscovering the meaning of her life and work took courage, strength and one true friend: Clifton Henderson (played by David Oyelowo), the man who started out as her assistant and eventually became her loyal manager. With Clifton’s encouragement, the “high priestess of soul” began a courageous journey back to her music … and, eventually, herself.
April 22, 2016: “Queen Mimi” (Same day as theatrical release)
Forced onto the streets in her 50s, Mimi found “home” at a Santa Monica laundromat. Taking shelter there for 20 years, Mimi’s passion for pink, and living without looking back, has taken her from homelessness to Hollywood’s red carpets. This is the fascinating and moving story of one incredibly strong woman’s survival against all odds. This documentary stars Marie “Mimi” Haist, with special appearances by Zack Galifianakis and Renée Zellweger.
For more info: “Queen Mimi” website
April 22, 2016: “Precious Cargo” (Same day as theatrical release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
After a botched heist, Eddie (played by Bruce Willis), a murderous crime boss, hunts down the seductive thief Karen (played by Claire Forlani) who failed him. In order to win back Eddie’s trust, Karen recruits her ex-lover and premier thief Jack (played by Mark-Paul Gosselaar) to steal a cargo of rare precious gems. But when the job goes down, allegiances are betrayed and lines are crossed as Jack, Karen and Eddie face off in a fateful showdown.
April 22, 2016: “Tale of Tales” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
Once upon a time there were three neighboring kingdoms each with a magnificent castle, from which ruled kings and queens, princes and princesses. One king was a fornicating libertine, another captivated by a strange animal, while one of the queens was obsessed by her wish for a child. Sorcerers and fairies, fearsome monsters, ogres and old washerwomen, acrobats and courtesans are the protagonists of this loose interpretation of the celebrated tales of Giambattista Basile. Starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones and Vincent Cassel.
For more info: “Tale of Tales” website
April 22, 2016: “We The People: The Market Basket Effect” (Eight days after theatrical release)
In an epic account of the warring Demoulas family, corporate greed breaks up a massive family empire. A groundswell of employee and community support cuts to the heart of the volatile, emotional, and dramatic conflict between Arthur T. Demoulas and arch-rival, cousin Arthur S. Demoulas over control of the $4 billion supermarket chain, Market Basket. A conflict that brought down the August 2014 U.S. jobs report by 17,000 jobs, sending shockwaves through the nation. With plot turns worthy of a Greek tragedy, the family feud raged on with the livelihoods of 25,000 employees hanging in the balance. This documentary is narrated by Michael Chiklis.
For more info: “We The People: The Market Basket Effect” website