Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star in the sci-fi action flick “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Blake Lively is a time traveler in the romantic drama “The Age of Adaline.” Robin Williams plays a man coming to terms with his homosexuality in “Boulevard.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Aug. 31 to Sept. 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:
Sept. 1, 2015: “Mad Max: Fury Road” 3-D (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky. Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (played by Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (played by Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee and Courtney Eaton.
For more info: “Mad Max: Fury Road” website
Sept. 1, 2015: “Two Step”
“Two Step” is a throwback Texas thriller in which the lives of James, a directionless college dropout, and Webb (played by James Landry Hébert), a career criminal with his back against the wall, violently collide. Kicked out of college, James (played by Skyy Moore) visits Grams, his only remaining family, who dies shortly after his arrival. He finds consolation in the company of Grams’ neighbor, Dot (played by Beth Broderick), a dance teacher, as he figures out his next move. While settling Grams’ affairs, James learns she’s been the victim of the ‘Grandparent Scam’, in which someone posing as James has been slowly bilking her out of thousands. But before James can go looking for the culprit, he shows up at the front door, desperate for money. The culprit, Webb, has his own problems in the form of Duane (played by Jason Douglas), who has ordered Webb to pay an old debt or else. And if Webb can’t get it from Grams, James will have to do, no matter who stands in his way.
For more info: “Two Step” website
Sept. 1, 2015: “Brave Men’s Blood”
“Brave Men’s Blood” is a blistering Icelandic crime thriller set against the background of corruption, drugs, torture, and gangsters. When a former criminal kingpin tips off the head of Internal Affairs about the double-dealings of a high-profile police lieutenant, the ensuing investigations leads them deep into the seedy underworld of Reykjavík, where corruption and collusion run rampant, and no one is who they seem to be. In Icelandic with English subtitles.
Sept. 1, 2015: “Nasty Baby” (One week after theatrical release)
“Nasty Baby” centers on Freddy (played by Sebastian Silva), a Brooklyn-based artist who, with his boyfriend, Mo (played by Tunde Adebimpe), and their best friend, Polly (played by Kristen Wiig), is trying to have a baby. As this trio deals with the complications of conception and creating the “new normal” family, their bliss is clouded by a series of confrontations with an annoying neighbor who just might be a madman.
For more info: “Nasty Baby” website
Sept. 1, 2015: “Boulevard” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
“Boulevard” follows married but closeted 60-year-old bank employee Nolan (played by Robin Williams) whose spontaneous turn down an unknown street upends his monotonous life and crumbling marriage. After forming an uncommon friendship with a young, charismatic hustler, Nolan finds himself on a journey of self-discovery and must comfort the secrets he has kept hidden from his wife and himself. Nolan’s dramatic decision to rethink his own identity holds with it the promise of happiness and salvation for both he and his wife in this touching and inspiring film.
Sept. 1, 2015: “The D Train” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
All his life, Dan Landsman (played by Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change – if he can convince Oliver Lawless (played by James Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marsden’s most intoxicating performances to date, “The D Train” serves up the question: How far would you go to be popular? Also starring Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor.
For more info: “The D Train” website
Sept. 1, 2015: “Gemma Bovery” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
Life begins to imitate art in uncanny ways when earthy British beauty Gemma (played by Gemma Arterton) and her furniture restorer husband Charles Bovery (played by Jason Flemyng) move to the very same Norman village where the graphic novel was written. Local baker and Flaubert fan Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) falls for the lovely and charming newcomer and sets out to be her mentor. It doesn’t take long before his wild imagination leads him to draw parallels between the literary and real life woman, as he insinuates himself into her life. She soon finds herself at a crossroads that seems to be fulfilling Joubert’s worst fears that her destiny is mirroring that of Flaubert’s doomed heroine. Director Anne Fontaine’s clever adaptation of the graphic novel is at once a cheeky literary mash-up, a sensuous romance, a witty feminist commentary and a heady celebration of French provincial life.
For more info: “Gemma Bovery” website
Sept. 1, 2015: “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends (played by June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol (played by Blythe Danner) decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (Martin Starr), pursuing a new love interest (played by Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter (played by Malin Akerman).
For more info: “I’ll See You in My Dreams” website
Sept. 1, 2015: “The Curse of the Downers Grove” (Same day as DVD release)
The town of Downers Grove looks like your average suburban neighborhood, but Downers Grove has a disturbing secret: For the past eight years, one senior from every high school graduating class has met a bizarre death right before graduation day. And this year, Chrissie Swanson (played by Bella Heathcote) has a terrible feeling that she is going to be the one to die. Can Chrissie survive the curse of Downers Grove or will she, like those seniors before her, fall prey to the town’s deadly secret? Also starring Lucas Till, Penelope Mitchell, Tom Arnold and Kevin Zegers.
For more info: “The Curse of the Downers Grove” website
Sept. 1, 2015: “The Surface” (Same day as DVD release)
When a plane crashes in the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan, the pilot is pulled from the wreckage by Mitch who has been stranded on his boat. Immediately suspicious of each other, these two strangers must overcome their differences to find a way back to shore. Together, they must fight against the harsh elements if they have any hope of making it back alive. Starring Sean Astin, Chris Mulkey and Mimi Rogers.
For more info: “The Surface” website
Sept. 1, 2015: “Catch Me Daddy”
“Catch Me Daddy” follows Laila, a teenager from a ruthless criminal family as she flees home with her boyfriend, Aaron. Laila’s family, who disapprove of the relationship on the grounds of religious principles, decide to hire a couple of mercenary thugs to chase them down – a pursuit that takes them deep into the muck of the Yorkshire Moors.
For more info: “Catch Me Daddy” website
Sept. 1, 2015: “Addicted to Fresno” (Before theatrical release), Rated R.
“Addicted to Fresno” is a comedy about co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno, California. Shannon is fresh out of sex rehab when her younger, overly optimistic lesbian sister Martha lands her a job as a maid at Fresno Suites, the local hotel. When Shannon jeopardizes her fresh start by accidentally killing a hotel guest after a post-rehab relapse, Martha goes to great lengths to help her sister cover up the crime. Shannon finally learns to take responsibility for her actions, and the sisters begin to resolve their tortured relationship. Starring Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne, Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Clea Duvall, Fred Armisen, Ron Livingston, Jessica St. Clair and Allison Tolman.
For more info: “Addicted to Fresno” website
Sept. 1, 2015: “Run, Hide, Die.” (Same day as DVD release)
A year after Addison Davenport’s husband was found murdered in their home, the emotional wounds are still raw and gaping. On this devastating anniversary, Addison’s in-laws generously offer her their summer cabin as a healing retreat. With her four best friends in tow, Addie sets off for this idyllic spot, deep in the woods, to find some peace and possibly even some fun. But it soon becomes clear that the girls are not alone, as each is savagely captured and terrorized. One of them is hiding a dark secret, for which their tormentor plans to exact a brutal revenge. Before the night is over, what began as a carefree road trip will descend into a shocking bloodbath of malice and butchery. Starring Alison Monda, Tabitha Bastien, Keiko Green and Gail Harvey.
Sept. 4, 2015: “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
With his signature black turtleneck and blue jeans, Steve Jobs’ image was ubiquitous. But who was the man on the stage under the giant iPhones? What accounted for the grief of so many across the world when he died? In “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine,” Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney presents a critical examination of Jobs, revered both as an iconoclastic genius and denounced as a barbed-tongued tyrant. The film is a candid telling of the Apple legend through interviews with a handful of those close to Jobs at different stages in his life. “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” is an evocative portrait of his legacy, and our relationship with the computer. It unravels the larger than life myth he so deliberately crafted, and examines the endurance of his values which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day.
For more info: “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” website
Sept. 4, 2015: “Dragon Blade” (Same day as theatrical release)
When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius (played by Adrien Brody) arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An (played by Jackie Chan) and his group of trained warriors teams up with an elite legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius (played by John Cusack) to maintain the delicate balance of power in the region. To protect his country and his new friends, Huo An gathers the warriors of thirty-six ethnic nations together to fight Tiberius in an incredible epic battle.
For more info: “Dragon Blade” website
Sept. 4, 2015: “Bloodsucking Bastards” (Same day as theatrical release)
“Bloodsucking Bastards” takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller-coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace. The film stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda (played by Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (played by Joey Kern), so he soldiers on in the hope of one day getting his coveted sales director position. Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss Ted (played by Joel Murray) hands his promotion to his college nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). After his fellow officemates start going through disturbing changes (which, paradoxically, make them better employees) and bodies begin to pile up, Evan learns the horrible truth: Max is a vampire. And even worse: a vamp with a plan. Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles, expose Max as the bloodsucking bastard that he is, and save his pals before his life and career go from dead-end to just dead.
For more info: “Bloodsucking Bastards” website
Sept. 4, 2015: “Dirty Weekend” (Same day as theatrical release)
During a layover in Albuquerque, work colleagues Les (played by Matthew Broderick) and Natalie (played by Alice Eve) discover more about each other than they ever thought possible. Anxious and irritable, Les is drawn back into the city by past experiences he can’t forget (even if he doesn’t really remember the particulars of his previous drunken adventure). Natalie, refusing to leave his side, follows along as her own secrets are slowly revealed, leaving her feeling both vulnerable and unbound. Writer/director Neil LaBute fashions a modern comedy of desire and regret, where the allure of past and future dalliances help to underscore the true meaning of a dirty weekend.
Sept. 4, 2015: “Chloe and Theo” (Same day as theatrical release)
A young woman named Chloe, living by her wits on the streets of New York City, has a chance meeting with a wise Inuit Eskimo, Theo, who was sent to New York by his elders to provide a message to the people of the world: We either change our destructive ways or be destroyed by them. Chloe, who has been searching for something to believe in, becomes inspired by Theo and, with the help of a kind lawyer, Monica, the three of them present Theo’s story to the United Nations in hopes of creating a better future for all of us. Starring Dakota Johnson, Theo Ikummaq, Ashley Springer, Andre De Shields and Mira Sorvino.
Sept. 4, 2015: “The Age of Adaline” (Before DVD, Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
After miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman (played by Blake Lively) has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones (played by Michiel Huisman) reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents (played by Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker) threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.
For more info: “The Age of Adaline” website