Ryan Gosling as a drug kingpin who is out to avenge the murder of his brother; Sylvester Stallone as a hit man who teams up with a cop to capture a mutual enemy; a remake of the horror film “The Evil Dead”; and the story of Jackie Robinson’s historic breaking of the color barrier in Major League Baseball are among the movies that premiere on demand from July 15 to July 21, 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 16, 2013: “Bullet to the Head” (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
After watching their respective partners die, a hit man (played by Sylvester Stallone) and a cop (played by Sung Kang) form an reluctant alliance in order to bring down their common enemy (played by Jason Momoa). “Bullet to the Head” is directed by Walter Hill, who is best known for directing “48 Hrs.”
For more info: “Bullet to the Head” website
July 16, 2013: “Evil Dead” (Same day as DVD), Rated R.
In this remake of Sam Raimi’s 1981 film “The Evil Dead,” a group of college-age friends are once again in a remote cabin, where a Book of the Dead is found that unleashes an evil spirit that causes murder and mayhem. Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci and Jessica Lucas are among the stars of this “Evil Dead” movie.
For more info: “Evil Dead” website
July 16, 2013: “42” (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
“42” is the powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. “42” stars Harrison Ford as the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show, and Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the heroic African-American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues.
For more info: “42” website
July 16, 2013: “Happily Never After”
Cole Killian is a professional photographer approaching middle age. After meeting an old high school flame and then seeing an advertisement for an orphanage with abandoned teenagers, Cole comes to the odd conclusion that he has a son there. Under the guise of being a mentor, Cole ingratiates himself into the life of 18 year-old Bo. He makes a skateboarding film with Bo and his best friend, and he uses Bo’s girlfriend as a model in a calendar. In this comic drama directed by former pro snowboarder Jamie Heinrich, Cole’s large heart and ill judgment leads him into twisted relationship issues causing life destructive consequences.
For more info: “Happily Never After” website
July 16, 2013: “Paradox”
Based on a three-part graphic novel mini-series by Christos Gage, homicide detective Sean Nault (played by Kevin Sorbo) is a cop on a parallel Earth whose technology is powered exclusively by magic. When Sean is charged to investigate a baffling series of murders committed by a means he’s never seen before (science), he uncovers an ominous plot that will lead him to another dimension and the realization that, unless he prevents it, both earths could very well be destroyed.
For more info: “Paradox” website
July 17, 2013: “Saturday Morning Mystery”
Four professional ghost hunters, who travel in a vintage van accompanied by their canine companion (sound familiar?), get far more than they bargained for when they investigate an abandoned schoolhouse with a mysterious past. The movie’s cast includes Josephine Decker, Paul Gordon, Jonny Mars, Ashley Spillers, Adam Tate.
For more info: “Saturday Morning Mystery” website
July 19, 2013: “Only God Forgives” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
Ryan Gosling and “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn reunite for this ultra-violent, Bangkok-set thriller. Julian (played by Gosling), a respected figure in the criminal underworld of Bangkok, runs a Thai boxing club and smuggling ring with his brother Billy. Billy is suddenly murdered and their crime lord matriarch, Crystal (played by Kristin Scott Thomas), arrives from London to bring back the body. When Jenna forces Julian to settle the score with his brother’s killers, Julian finds himself in the ultimate showdown.
For more info: “Only God Forgives” website