Meryl Streep plays an absentee musician mother looking for redemption in the comedy “Ricki and the Flash.” Owen Wilson, Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan are among the cast members in the action thriller “No Escape.” Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star in the stoner action flick “American Ultra.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Nov. 23 to Nov. 29, 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:
Nov. 24, 2015: “Ricki and the Flash” (Same day as DVD release; with bonus featurette), Rated PG-13.
In a film loaded with music and live performance, Meryl Streep stars as Ricki, a guitar heroine who gave up everything for her dream of rock-and-roll stardom, but is now returning home to make things right with her family. Streep stars opposite her real-life daughter Mamie Gummer, who plays her fictional daughter; Rick Springfield, who takes on the role of a Flash member in love with Ricki; and Kevin Kline, who portrays Ricki’s long-suffering ex-husband.
For more info: “Ricki and the Flash” website
Nov. 24, 2015: “No Escape” (Same day as DVD releas), Rated R.
“No Escape” centers on an American businessman (played by Owen Wilson) as he and his family settle into their new home in Southeast Asia. Suddenly finding themselves in the middle of a violent political uprising, they must frantically look for a safe escape as rebels mercilessly attack the city. Also starring Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan.
For more info: “No Escape” website
Nov. 24, 2015: “American Ultra” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
Small-town stoner Mike Howell (played by Jesse Eisenberg) spends most of his time getting high and writing a graphic novel. What Mike doesn’t know is that he was trained by the CIA to be a lethal killing machine. When the agency targets him for termination, his former handler activates his latent skills, turning the mild-mannered slacker into a deadly weapon. Now, the utterly surprised Mike must use his newfound abilities to save himself and his girlfriend (played by Kristen Stewart) from getting smoked.
For more info: “American Ultra” website
Nov. 24, 2015: “Shaun the Sheep Movie” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG.
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. This animated film is unique because it has no dialogue.
For more info: “Shaun the Sheep Movie” website
Nov. 24, 2015: “Mistress America” (Weeks before DVD release), Rated R.
In “Mistress America,” Tracy (played by Lola Kirke) is a lonely college freshman in New York, having neither the exciting university experience nor the glamorous metropolitan lifestyle she envisioned. But when she is taken in by her soon-to-be stepsister, Brooke (played by Greta Gerwig), a resident of Times Square and adventurous gal about town, she is rescued from her disappointment and seduced by Brooke’s alluringly mad schemes.
For more info: “Mistress America” website
Nov. 24, 2015: “Sand Dollars”
In this enchanting and thoughtful romance, an older European woman becomes captivated with a young Dominican woman struggling to make ends meet. Every afternoon Noelí (played by Yanet Mojica), goes to the beaches at Las Terrenas with her boyfriend to look for ways to make a living at the expense of one of the many tourists that wander the beach. As people parade through her life, Noelí has a steady client; Anne, a mature French woman who, as time goes by, has found an ideal refuge on the island to spend her last years. When Noelis boyfriend feigns to be her brother, he outlines a plan in which Noelí travels to Paris with the old lady and sends him money every month. For Noelí, the relationship with Anne is one of convenience, but the feelings become more intense as the departure date closes looms. In Spanish and French with English subtitles.
Nov. 24, 2015: “Applesauce” (Same day as DVD release)
Every Tuesday night, radio talk show host Stevie Bricks invites his listeners to call in and share “the worst thing they’ve ever done.” Tonight, Ron Welz (played by writer/director Onur Tukel) is ready to share his story. But soon after he confesses on the air, someone starts sending him severed body parts. Ron becomes paranoid, terrified. His life begins to unravel. His marriage begins to fall apart. He has no idea who’s tormenting him. Is it his insolent high school student? Is it his best friend? His own wife? In a city like New York, there are 8 million suspects, and each one could have a bone to pick with someone like Ron.
For more info: “Applesauce” website
Nov. 27, 2015: “Killing Them Safely” (Same day as theatrical release)
In the early 2000s, brothers Tom and Rick Smith revolutionized policing by marketing the Taser to law enforcement agencies. This supposedly safe alternative to handguns was supposed to curb the use of deadly force. So why have over 500 people died from Taser-related injuries since? At a time when questions about police methods are at the forefront of the national dialogue, the documentary “Killing Them Safely” brings together startling archival footage and eye-opening interviews with experts on both sides of the debate to shed much-needed light on an urgent issue.
For more info: “Killing Them Safely” website
Nov. 27, 2015: “Jaco” (Same day as DVD release)
“Jaco” is a full-length documentary film chronicling the life, music and ongoing influence of the mythic electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius. Produced by Robert Trujillo (bassist for Metallica), “Jaco” incorporates interviews with musical visionaries including Sting, Joni Mitchell, Flea, Jerry Jemmott, Bootsy Collins, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana and many others with never-before-seen photos and films from the Pastorius family archive. This extraordinary film reveals the story behind Jaco’s life and music, both as a solo artist and member of Weather Report, the tragic arc of his demise and early death and the enduring influence and inspiration of his artistry and genius.
For more info: “Jaco” website