The late singer Amy Winehouse is the subject of the documentary “Amy.” James Franco, Rachel McAdams and Charlotte Gainsbourg star as three people emotionally scarred by a tragedy in the drama “Every Thing Will Be Fine.” Patrick Stewart, Cheryl Hines and Jon Heder are among the stars of the romantic comedy “Christmas Eve.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Nov. 30 to Dec. 6, 2015. (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:
Dec. 1, 2015: “Amy” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
From BAFTA award-winning director Asif Kapadia, “Amy” tells the incredible story of Grammy winner Amy Winehouse in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archive footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving and vital film shines a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few can. A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense: She wrote and sung from the heart using her musical gifts to analyse her own problems. The combination of her raw honesty and supreme talent resulted in some of the most unique and adored songs of the modern era. Her huge success, however, resulted in relentless and invasive media attention which coupled with Amy’s troubled relationships and precarious lifestyle saw her life tragically begin to unravel. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.
For more info: “Amy” website
Dec. 1, 2015: “Brand: A Second Coming” (Weeks before DVD release, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated TV-14.
“Brand: A Second Coming” is a documentary that chronicles actor/comedian/activist Russell Brand on his journey from addict, self-proclaimed narcissist and Hollywood star living in the fast-lane to his current, and unexpected, role as political disruptor and newfound hero to the underserved. Criticized for egomaniacal self-interest, Brand injects his madness in to the world and calls for revolution. He stays the course with an irreverent courage that inspires a new generation of activists to rise up against the ever-increasing world engorged in consumerism. Can Brand rise against the roar of criticism from the very system that built him? Does he have the fortitude, resilience and commitment to keep up the fight? Will he find true happiness which has eluded him since childhood? “Brand: A Second Coming” takes audiences behind the scenes of this wildly complex man for an intimate look at what drives Russell Brand as he continues to be the consummate disruptor.
For more info: “Brand: A Second Coming” website
Dec. 1, 2015: “Goodnight Mommy” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
In the heat of the summer, there is lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields. Nine-year-old twin brothers are waiting for their mother. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before. The children start to doubt that this woman is actually their mother. It emerges an existential struggle for identity and fundamental trust. This horror film from Austria stars Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz and Lukas Schwarz.
For more info: “Goodnight Mommy” website
Dec. 1, 2015: “Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-cellent Adventure (Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG.
Experience this animated fun-filled adventure that will crack up the entire family! Rolo is a teenage rooster who’s more than a little chicken. When an evil rancher threatens his home and family, Rolo is determined to rise to the occasion. Together with a dozen of his egg friends, Rolo hatches a plan to save the day — and the farm — in this smile-making, full-length animated feature. The voice cast includes Bruno Bichir, Carlos Espejel and Angélica Vale.
For more info: “Huevos: Little Rooster’s Egg-cellent Adventure” website
Dec. 1, 2015: “Roger Waters The Wall” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
The concert experience of the classic Pink Floyd album “The Wall.” Musicians Roger Waters and Nick Mason reunite to answer questions submitted by fans around the world.
For more info: “Roger Waters The Wall” website
Dec. 1, 2015: “Mourning Son”
Unbeknownst to most people, Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro is a trauma survivor of the highest order. When he was only 15 years old his mother Constance was brutally murdered by her estranged ex-boyfriend. For eight long years, the killer eluded capture while Navarro dealt with his deepest, darkest fears through drugs, art and escapism. In a heartbreaking, inspirational journey, Navarro confronts the events that changed his life forever. Through revelations from friends and family, to the cold hard facts from police and FBI agents, Navarro attempts to come to terms with his mother’s senseless murder and the horrific realities of domestic violence.
For more info: “Mourning Son” website
Dec. 1, 2015: “Merry Kissmas”
Kayla Hansen’s long-term relationship with Tony-winning choreographer Carlton Peters is on the rocks, mainly because Carlton treats her more like his personal assistant than his girlfriend. However, the two have agreed to not address their rocky relationship until after Christmas and Carlton’s new production of “The Nutcracker.” But when Kayla shares an impromptu mistletoe kiss in an elevator with handsome Dustin Casey, she feels that she has finally and serendipitously encountered the love of her life. However, due to Dustin’s previously failed relationships, he shies away from expressing his feelings, and when Carlton starts wooing Kayla to give their relationship a second chance, Kayla’s love life becomes even more complicated. This holiday season, Kayla must follow her heart, and make a few wishes along the way to find true love. Starring Karissa Staples and Brant Daugherty.
For more info: “Merry Kissmas” website
Dec. 4, 2015: “Close Range” (One week before theatrical release)
After rescuing his kidnapped niece from a powerful drug cartel, Colton MacReady (played by Scott Adkins) begins a relentless fight to save his family. The cartel has descended upon his secluded ranch with a thirst for revenge. In tow are a corrupt local sheriff and his crew of deputies, ensuring that help won’t be coming any time soon. What ensues is a non-stop assault on the ranch, a blow-by-blow survival marathon for Colton to protect his loved ones and save his life.
For more info: “Close Range” website
Dec. 4, 2015: “The World of Kanako” (Same day as theatrical release)
An uncompromising revenge thriller of operatic scope, “The World of Kanako” is a non-stop visual and emotional assault to the senses as it follows troubled ex-detective Akikazu (played by Kôji Yakusho) on the hunt for his missing teenage daughter, Kanako. What he discovers in his search is an unsettling and harrowing web of depravity — surrounding both Kanako and himself. As Akizaku stumbles along a shocking trail of drugs, sex and violence, he finds himself woefully unprepared for the revelations that affect all he holds dear. Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, “The World of Kanako” is an astonishing tour de force of mystery, beauty and boundary-pushing violence.
For more info: “The World of Kanako” website
Dec. 4, 2015: “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King” (Same day as theatrical release)
Following the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, a masked mystery man with the voice of The King emerged. Who was Orion? Where did he come from? And was he really the second coming of Elvis? At once a stranger-than-fiction music industry mystery and a poignant investigation of fame, identity, and destiny, “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King” gets the wild, behind-the-scenes story of a talented but overlooked artist who sold his soul for pop stardom — and wound up paying the price.
For more info: “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King” website
Dec. 4, 2015: “Christmas Eve” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated PG.
When a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve, they find that laughter, romance, and a little holiday magic will get them through and change their lives in unexpected ways. A heartless real estate tycoon (played by Patrick Stewart) clings to life in a precarious construction elevator hundreds of feet off the ground. Unexpected relationships bloom for a musician (played by Cheryl Hines) stuck with her dysfunctional orchestra mates, as well as an aspiring fashion photographer (played by James Roday) confined with the introverted paralegal in his apartment building (played by Julianna Guill). A crass HR manager (played by Max Casella) trapped with an employee he just fired (played by Jon Heder) and a cynical doctor (played by Gary Cole) transporting his terminal patient are forced to reconsider the way they think about others in this all-star ensemble comedy that proves that in a city of eight million, you never know who you might get stuck with.
For more info: “Christmas Eve” website
Dec. 4, 2015: “Every Thing Will Be Fine” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
Based on an original script by Norwegian Bjørn Olaf Johannessen, director Wim Wenders tells the story of the author Tomas (played by James Franco) in “Every Yhing Will Be Fine.” One day a car accident transforms his life. Even though he is not directly to blame for this tragedy, it still causes his relationship with his girlfriend (played by Rachel McAdams) to break apart. Tomas falls into a deep hole. He seeks retreat in his writing and tries to start his own family with a new love. The film looks at Tomas’ attempt to give his life meaning again and recounts his search for forgiveness. It is not time alone that heals wounds but the courage to face up to things and to forgive — especially oneself. Also starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marie-Josée Croze.
For more info: “Everything Will Be Fine” website
Dec. 4, 2015: “JeruZalem” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
This horror film from Israel stars Yael Grobglas, Yon Tumarkin, Tom Graziani and Danielle Jadelyn. Doron and Yoav Paz directed the movie.
For more info: “JeruZalem” website
Dec. 4, 2015: “Life” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
A Life magazine photographer receives the assignment to photograph rising Hollywood star James Dean. Starring Robert Pattinson, Ben Kingsley, Dane DeHaan and Joel Edgerton
Dec. 4, 2015: “MI-5” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
When charismatic terrorist Adam Qasim escapes from MI5 custody during a routine handover, the legendary Harry Pearce, Head of Counter-terrorism, is blamed. Disgraced and forced to resign, no-one is surprised when Harry disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames…With MI5 on its knees in the wake of the Qasim debacle and facing controversial reform, former agent Will Crombie is brought back to uncover the truth they feared – Harry’s still alive. He’s gone rogue, and needs Will’s help. As Qasim prepares his devastating attack on the heart of MI5 in London, Will must decide whether to turn Harry in – or risk everything by trusting the damaged, dangerous master spy who has already betrayed him once before.
Dec. 4, 2015: “Walt Before Mickey” (Same day as DVD release), Rated TV-PG.
“Walt Before Mickey” is a feature film based on the book “Walt Before Mickey” by Timothy Susanin, about Walt Disney’s life before he became famous. This movie is not associated with the Walt Disney Company. Starring Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jodie Sweetin and Jon Heder.
For more info: “Walt Before Mickey” website