Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander are among the cast members of the movie version of the 1960s TV series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Zac Efron portrays an aspiring EDM DJ in “We Are Your Friends.” Simon Pegg and Lake Bell are two people who meet on an unusual blind date in “Man Up.” John Travolta headlines the action thriller “Criminal Activities.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22, 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. 17, 2015: “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG-13.
At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (played by Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (played by Armie Hammer) are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, whom they must find soon to prevent a global catastrophe.
For more info: “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” website
Nov. 17, 2015: “We Are Your Friends” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
Cole Carter (played by Zac Efron) dreams of hitting the big time as a Hollywood disc jockey, spending his days and nights hanging with buddies and working on the one track that will set the world on fire. Opportunity comes knocking when he meets James Reed (played by Wes Bentley), a charismatic DJ who takes the 23-year-old under his wing. Soon, his seemingly clear path to success gets complicated when he starts falling for his mentor’s girlfriend (played by Emily Ratajkowski), jeopardizing his new friendship and the future he seems destined to fulfill.
For more info: “We Are Your Friends” website
Nov. 17, 2015: “Meru” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000 feet above the sacred Ganges River in Northern India, the mountain’s perversely stacked obstacles make it both a nightmare and an irresistible calling for some of the world’s toughest climbers. In October 2008, renowned alpinists Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin and Renan Ozturk arrived in India to tackle Meru. Their planned seven-day trip quickly declined into a 20-day odyssey in sub-zero temperatures with depleting food rations. Despite making it to within 100 meters of the elusive summit, their journey, like everyone before them, was not a successful one. Heartbroken and defeated, the trio returned to their everyday lives, where the siren song of Meru continued to beckon. By September 2011, Anker had convinced his two lifelong friends to undertake the Shark’s Fin once more, under even more extraordinary circumstances than their first attempt. MERU is the story of that journey, an expedition through nature’s harshest elements and one’s complicated inner demons, and ultimately on to impossible new heights.
For more info: “Meru” website
Nov. 17, 2015: “Flutter”
John (played by Joe Anderson) is an out-of-control gambler who will do anything for money. When a mysterious new bookie starts to offer him more unusual, twisted “special” bets with bigger payoffs and greater risks, John’s life spirals into a dangerous world of deceit and dare, with the stakes higher than he can ever imagine. Also starring Anna Anissimova, Luke Evans and Billy Zane.
Nov. 17, 2015: “Jedi Junior High”
“Do or do not, there is no try” when a group of aspiring adolescent art students set out to create an unforgettable musical. Follow the cast from start to finish as they reinvent the magic of Star Wars with song and dance in “Jedi Junior High” After an arduous film trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, director Heidi Burkey craved an artistic outlet with the simple joys in life, and jumped at the opportunity to tell the heartfelt coming-of-age story through the eyes of the relatable students. Not so long ago, in a city not too far away, the students from the Arts & Learning Children’s Conservatory in Anaheim, California, banded together to produce a live musical reinterpretation of “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.” The genuine documentary about growing up follows the young actors, artists and musicians, and of course a few supervising adults, as they audition, rehearse and perform their take on the classic film. There is no such thing as luck when the determined students pull off the most memorable performance of their lifetime.
Nov. 20, 2015: “Criminal Activities” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA
Four old friends act on an inside stock tip and invest in a “sure thing,” only to discover the deal going south while putting them in trouble with the mob. Starring John Travolta, Dan Stevens, Michael Pitt, Christopher Abbott, Rob Brown and Edi Gathegi.
Nov. 20, 2015: “Transfatty Lives” (Same day as theatrical release)
The first non-fiction film about ALS ever to be made by the subject of the film itself, this inspiring documentary follows director Patrick Sean O’Brien’s (a.k.a. DJ TransFatty’s) ten-year journey from the day he was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 30, until now. Defying sentimentality, “Transfatty Lives” takes you on an emotional rollercoaster from Patrick’s wild, fun-loving days as a DJ and filmmaker into the dark heart of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). With the support of his bewildered friends and family, Patrick braves the unthinkable and turns his camera onto himself. He is able to capture all of the emotion, humor, and absurdity of real life — falling in love and fathering a child along the way.
For more info: “Transfatty Lives”
Nov. 20, 2015: “I Am Thor” (Same day as theatrical release)
Jon Mikl Thor was a bodybuilding, steel bending, brick smashing rock star in the 70’s and 80’s whose theatrical band, Thor, never quite made it big. Ten years into retirement, and incapable of living like a normal mortal human being, Thor attempts a comeback to achieve the level of success that had eluded him his entire career – a comeback that nearly kills him.
For more info: “I Am Thor” website
Nov. 20, 2015: “Kingdom of Shadows” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated PG-13.
In this documentary, Sister Consuelo Morales, based in the devastated city of Monterrey, prods government officials to take action against the drug cartels on behalf of grieving families whose loved ones have gone missing. Texan rancher Don Henry Ford Jr. offers historical context for the evolution to the hyper-violent state of drug trafficking today. He recounts his career as a smuggler during the 1980s before he served time for importing marijuana. Undercover agent-turned-senior Homeland Security officer Oscar Hagelsieb recounts his own remarkable journey and offers a unique perspective on the U.S.’s role in the drug war. As the child of undocumented parents, Oscar grew up in an impoverished neighborhood where of his many peers gave in to the temptations of the drug economy. In English and Spanish with English subtitles.
For more info: “Kingdom of Shadows” website
Nov. 20, 2015: “#Horror” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
Cyberbullying goes offline during one deadly night. Based on a shocking true story, “#Horror” follows a group of girls living in a suburban world of money and privilege. But when their obsession with a disturbing online game goes too far, virtual terror becomes all too real. Chloë Sevigny leads an ensemble cast that includes Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, and Timothy Hutton in Tara Subkoff’s directorial debut.
For more info: “#Horror'” website
Nov. 20, 2015: “Mediterranea” (Same day as theatrical release)
“Mediterranea” explores the stories of Ayiva (played by Koudous Seihon) and Abas (played by Alassane Sy), close friends from Burkina Faso determined to make it to Italy in order to find work and provide for their families. But even after they survive a harrowing journey (in which they encounter desert bandits, a treacherous sea voyage, and arrest), nothing can prepare the two men for the hostility and violence that awaits them. A gripping tale of survival told with vivid realism, “Mediterranea” immerses viewers in the heart of a humanitarian crisis that for far too many is a lived reality. In multiple languages with English subtitles.
Nov. 20, 2015: “Man Up” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated R.
When a man (played by Simon Pegg) mistakes a woman (played by Lake Bell) for his blind date, she decides to play along to see what happens. Also starring Olivia Williams, Rory Kinnear and Ophelia Lovibond.
For more info: “Man Up'” website