Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in a “G.I. Joe” sequel; Kristin Bell as a woman who returns to her hometown and becomes a lifeguard; Lindsay Lohan and James Deen as two Hollywood scenesters caught in a twisted love triangle; and Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace in a sexually charged workplace thriller are some of the movies that premiere on demand from July 29 to Aug. 4, 2013. (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:
July 30, 2013: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (Same day as DVD; available in 3-D), Rated PG-13.
In this sequel to 2009’s “G.I. Joe” movie, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra, but they are also forced to content with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. This movie’s cast includes starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum.
For more info: “G.I. Joe Retaliation” website
July 30, 2013: “The Lifeguard” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
Leigh (played by Kristen Bell) is almost 30, and living a seemingly perfect life in New York. But when her career and love life both come crashing down, she flees to her suburban hometown and regresses right back into teenage life and behavior. She moves into her old room with her parents, hangs around with friends who never left town, and reclaims her high school job as a condo-complex lifeguard. But as Leigh enjoys shirking adult life and responsibilities and enters into an illicit affair, she begins a chain reaction that affects those closest to her. With an all-star cast that also includes Martin Starr, Mamie Gummer and Oscar nominee Amy Madigan, it’s a journey that’s both hilarious and heartfelt.
For more info: “The Lifeguard” website
July 30, 2013: “Emperor” (Same day as DVD; before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
“The Emperor” is set in the perilous and unpredictable days of the American occupation of Japan, just after Emperor Hirohito’s World War II surrender. As General Douglas MacArthur (played by Tommy Lee Jones) suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation, he assigns an expert in Japanese culture and psychological warfare, General Bonner Fellers (played by Matthew Fox), to covertly investigate the looming question hanging over the country: Should the Japanese Emperor, worshiped by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved? Caught between the high-wire political intrigue of his urgent mission and his own impassioned search for the mysterious school teacher (played by Eriko Hatsune) who first drew him to Japan, Fellers can be certain only that the tricky subterfuge about to play out will forever change the history of two nations and his heart.
For more info: “Emperor” website
July 30, 2013: “Filly Brown” (Same day as DVD) Rated R.
“Filly Brown” is a hip-hop-driven drama about a Mexican girl who rises to fame and consciousness as she copes with the incarceration of her mother through music. The cast includes Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera, Lou Diamond Phillips and Edward James Olmos.
For more info: “Filly Brown” website
July 30, 2013: “Congratulations”
True love leads to the joy of marriage where two become one sharing all that comes with life and more…But what happens when you realize that the woman you are madly in love with has very different ideas about your future than you do and the prospect of becoming one is a lot harder than you think? Jim (played by Brian Dietzen) proposes to the love of his life, Bridget (played by Abby Miller) on a weekend trip to see his mother (played by Debra Jo Rupp) and, miraculously, she says no. When they return home, however, everyone thinks that they are, of course, engaged and they are forced to deal with who they are as individuals and as a couple as they attempt to navigate what it really means to be in a relationship.
For more info: “Congratulations” website
July 30, 2013: “Radio Unnameable”
Legendary radio personality Bob Fass revolutionized late night FM radio by serving as a cultural hub for music, politics and audience participation for nearly 50 years. Long before today’s innovations in social media, Fass utilized the airwaves for mobilization encouraging luminaries and ordinary listeners to talk openly and take the program in surprising directions. The documentary “Radio Unnameable” is a visual and aural collage that pulls from Fass’ immense archive of audio from his program, film, photographs, and video that has been sitting dormant until now.
For more info: “Radio Unnameable” website
Aug. 1, 2013: “Passion” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
Brian De Palma returns to the sleek, sly, seductive territory of “Dressed to Kill” with an erotic corporate thriller fueled by sex, ambition, image, envy and the dark, murderous side of passion. The film stars Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace as two rising female executives in a multinational corporation whose fierce competition to rise up the ranks is about to turn literally cut-throat.
For more info: “Passion” website
Aug. 1, 2013: “Touchy Feely” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. “Touchy Feely” was written and directed by Lynn Shelton, who wrote and directed 2012’s “My Sister’s Sister” and 2009’s “Humpday.” The cast includes Rosemarie Dewitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Tomo Nakayama, Ellen Page and Josh Pais.
For more info: “Touchy Feely” website
Aug. 2, 2013: “The Canyons” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA
“The Canyons” is a contemporary L.A. noir from director Paul Schrader, writer Bret Easton Ellis and producer Braxton Pope about the dangers of sexual obsession and ambition, both personally and professionally, among a group of young people in their 20s and how one chance meeting connected to the past unravels all of their lives, resulting in deceit, paranoia, cruel mind games and ultimately violence. The movie stars Lindsay Lohan, James Deen and Nolan Gerard Funk as three people caught in a love triangle.
For more info: “The Canyons” website
Aug. 2, 2013: “Dead Before Dawn” (Before theatrical release; available in 3-D), Rated R.
Casper Galloway (played by Devon Bostick) and his college friends visit an occult shop run by Casper’s grandfather (played by Christopher Lloyd) and accidentally unleash an evil curse, causing people to kill themselves and turn in to Zombie Demons, aka Zemons. Armed with a slew of homemade weapons and a Winnebago, the college kids race through the night, killing Zemons and fighting time while frantically searching for a way to reverse the curse within 24 hours. As the Zemon army starts to overpower the team, Casper finds himself with no choice but to face his fears and become the unlikeliest of heroes.
For more info: “Dead Before Dawn” website
Aug. 2, 2013: “Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm”
“Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm” is an intimate portrait of founding member of The Band and music legend Levon Helm. The man known worldwide for his soulful voice and multi-instrumental skills allowed a camera crew inside his Woodstock, N.Y. home in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, the film follows the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album brought him back to the spotlight. The result is a compelling and captivating portrait of a treasured American artist.
For more info: “Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm” website