Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson are among the cast members in the blockbuster superhero sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Melissa McCarthy headlines the action comedy “Spy.” Adrian Grenier and Kevin Connolly are among the original cast members reunited for the movie version of the TV series “Entourage.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, 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:
Sept. 29, 2015: “Spy” (Same day as DVD release), Rated TV-MA.
Susan Cooper (played by Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, desk-bound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner (played by Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent (played by Jason Statham) is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.
For more info: “Spy” website
Sept. 29, 2015: “Entourage” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
“Entourage,” the much-anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning hit HBO series, reunites the show’s original cast. Movie star Vincent Chase (played by Adrian Grenier), together with his boys, Eric (played by Kevin Connolly), Turtle (played by Jerry Ferrara) and Johnny (played by Kevin Dillon), are back … and back in business with super agent-turned-studio head Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven). Some of their ambitions have changed, but the bond between them remains strong as they navigate the capricious and often cutthroat world of Hollywood.
For more info: “Entourage” website
Sept. 29, 2015 “Poltergeist” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG-13.
Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever. Starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt
For more info: “Poltergeist” website
Sept. 29, 2015 “Aloft” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
As we follow a mother (played by Jennifer Connelly) and her son (played by Cillian Murphy), we delve into a past marred by an accident that tears them apart. She will become a renowned artist and healer, and he will grow into his own as a peculiar falconer who bears the marks of a double absence. In the present, a young journalist (played by Mélanie Laurent) will bring about an encounter between the two that puts the very meaning of life and art into question, so that we may contemplate the possibility of living life to its fullest, despite the uncertainties littering our paths.
For more info: “Aloft” website
Sept. 29, 2015 “The Connection” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, “The Connection” was entirely shot on 35 mm and is the European flipside to William Friedkin’s The French Connection. A stylish, 70’s-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (played by Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean “Tany” Zampa (played Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing–including boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting interrogations–to ensure the crime ring’s demise, Zampa’s “La French” always seems one step ahead. As La French mounts its retaliation, Michel will be forced to make the most difficult decision of his life: to continue waging his war, or ensure his family’s safety, before it’s too late.
For more info: “The Connection” website
Sept. 29, 2015 “SWAT: Unit 887” (Same day as DVD release)
“SWAT: Unit 887” is a non-stop, race against the time action packed thriller that follows an elite SWAT Team as they try to stop a domestic terrorist from killing innocent hostages and destroying the city of Los Angeles. With 24 hours left on the clock, the team must rely on their instincts and unique skill set to stop the attack and bring justice. Starring Tom Sizemore, Mischa Barton, Michael Paré and Jeremy London.
Oct. 2, 2015: “Blood, Sweat and Beer”
“Blood, Sweat and Beer” is a feature documentary about the explosive growth of the craft beer industry and the dramatic journeys of two start-up breweries. The film follows a trio of 23-year-olds as they struggle to start The Brew Gentlemen Beer Co. in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Matt, Asa and Brandon hope their brewery will help this once-prosperous steel town bounce back from decades of neglect, violence, and population loss. The film also tells the emotional story of Danny Robinson, a boardwalk brewery owner and restaurateur whose empire is threatened by an aggressive trademark lawsuit that could leave him bankrupt. Four entrepreneurs, two brand new breweries and one ultimate goal: to quench the thirst of the craft-craving masses.
For more info: “Blood, Sweat and Beer” website
Oct. 2, 2015: “Finders Keepers”
When his amputated leg is discovered in a grill sold at a North Carolina auction, John Wood finds himself at the center of a worldwide media frenzy. Believing the new-found attention to be his chance at doing some great things in an otherwise disappointing, wayward life, he’s quickly swept up in the hysteria as the leg’s enterprising buyer, Shannon Whisnant, then sues to regain its custody. But the stranger-than-fiction chain of events, fueling John’s drug addiction and compounded by generations of his familial dysfunction, soon sets John on the streets and heading to his certain demise. Just in time, however, another twist in these fantastical occurrences gives John a final shot at becoming whole for the first time in his life. This documentary was directed by Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel.
For more info: “Finders Keepers” website
Oct. 2, 2015: “A Christmas Horror Story”
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus, the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children, is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins. Starring William Shatner and George Buza.
For more info: “A Christmas Horror Story” website
Oct. 2, 2015: “Manhattan Romance” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-14.
“Manhattan Romnance” centers on Danny (played by Tom O’Brien), a commercial editor and documentary filmmaker, as he attempts to finish his film (a study on modern relationships) while navigating the relationships in his own life. Will Danny continue to chase the unattainable Theresa, a free-spirited dancer (played by Caitlin FitzGerald), or will he finally admit he’s in love with his best friend Carla (played by Katherine Waterston) who is in an unfulfilling relationship with Emmy (played by Gaby Hoffmann), a political strategist?
For more info: “Manhattan Romance” website
Oct. 2, 2015: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG-13.
When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as they battle to save the planet from destruction at the hands of the villainous Ultron. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson.
For more info: “Avengers: Age of Ultron” website