Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the boxing drama “Southpaw.” Adam Sandler headlines the cast of the video-game adventure “Pixels.” Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton are caught in a psychological thriller in “The Gift.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, 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:
Oct. 27, 2015: “Southpaw” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
“Southpaw” tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World (played by Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (played by Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (played by Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (played by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (played by Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.
For more info: “Southpaw” website
Oct. 27, 2015: “Max” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG.
A coming-of-age story about a young teen from a family dealing with loss, who finds friendship, comfort and adventure with the heroic military dog of his fallen brother, a United States Marine who served his country on the frontlines of the war in Afghanistan. Starring Josh Wiggins, Lauren Graham, Thomas Haden Church, Robbie Amell, Luke Kleintank and Jay Hernandez.
For more info: “Max” website
Oct. 27, 2015: “Pixels” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG-13.
As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (played by Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (played by Josh Gad), and Eddie “The Fire Blaster” Plant (played by Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times, at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they’re going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults. And now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (played by Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens.
For more info: “Pixels” website
Oct. 27, 2015: “The Gift” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Simon (played by Jason Bateman) and Robyn (played by Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (played by Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?
For more info: “The Gift'” website
Oct. 30, 2015: “Extraordinary Tales” (Same day as theatrical release)
“Extraordinary Tales” is an animated film anthology of five of Edgar Allen Poe’s best-known stories. The film offers heart-pounding takes on “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar” and “The Masque of the Red Death,” with animation inspired by sources as diverse as classic Hollywood black-and-white monster films, or the pulpy feel of EC Comics. The stories are narrated by a stable of legendary genre directors and actors, including Sir Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Julian Sands, Roger Corman and Guillermo del Toro.
For more info: “Extraordinary Tales” website
Oct. 30, 2015: “Nasty Baby” (One week after theatrical release), Rated R.
A gay couple is trying to have a baby with their best friend (played by Kristen Wiig). Their plans are disrupted by growing harassment from a menacing neighborhood local known as The Bishop. As their clashes become increasingly aggressive, it is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.
For more info: “Nasty Baby” website