Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw and Hugh Bonneville are among the cast of the family film “Paddington.” Mark Wahlberg stars as a professor with a gambling problem in the remake of “The Gambler.” Kevin Hart stars as a best man for hire in “The Wedding Ringer.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from April 27 to May 3, 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:
April 28, 2015: “Paddington” (Same day as DVD release), Rated PG.
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman, “Paddington” tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined, until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rare talking bear catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (played by Nicole Kidman).
For more info: “Paddington” website
April 28, 2015: “The Gambler” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
Jim Bennett (played by Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (played by Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (played by Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (played by Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (played by John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (played by Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance.
For more info: “The Gambler” website
April 28, 2015: “The Wedding Ringer” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
Doug Harris (played by Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (played by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (played by Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.
For more info: “The Wedding Ringer” website
April 28, 2015: “The Boy Next Door” (Same day as DVD release; weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated R.
Jennifer Lopez leads the cast in “The Boy Next Door,” a psychological thriller that explores a forbidden attraction that goes much too far. Directed by Rob Cohen and written by Barbara Curry, the film also stars Ryan Guzman, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth.
For more info: “The Boy Next Door” website
April 28, 2015: “Divas” (Same day as DVD release)
When a conniving diva mysteriously turns up dead, no one who knew her is surprised. Now everyone is a suspect and an ambitious police detective, must get to the bottom of this comedy whodunit. Starring Vanessa Bell Calloway, Bianca Lawson, Rachel True, Michael Boatman, Melissa De Sousa, Angell Conwell and Drew Sidora.
April 28, 2015: “Above and Beyond”
In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal — “volunteers from abroad” — this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride. The documentary “Above and Beyond” is their story.
For more info: “Above and Beyond” website
April 28, 2015: “Strange Blood”
When a brilliant scientist goes to extremes to develop a universal cure for all disease, he finds himself infected with a bizarre parasite that begins to transform him into a bloodthirsty madman. Starring Robert Brettenaugh and Alexandra Bard.
For more info: “Strange Blood” website
April 28, 2015: “Mommy” (Same day as DVD release), Rated R.
A widow inherits custody of her son, a deeply turbulent adolescent. Together, they try to make ends meet, thanks to unexpected help from the nearby mysterious Kyla. Starring Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément. Written and directed by Xavier Dolan.
For more info: “Mommy” website
May 1, 2015: “Private Number” (Same day as theatrical release)
A series of sinister phone calls haunt an ex-alcoholic writer as he struggles to finish a novel. Efforts to trace the calls result in dead ends, leaving the author with no choice but to solve the mystery himself. As he pieces together scant information he discovers the local police are hiding details about a horrific serial killer. In his obsessive search for answers, he loses his grip on reality, and spirals downward into a maelstrom of violence and terror. Starring Hal Ozsan, Nicholle Tom, Judd Nelson and Tom Sizemore.
For more info: “Private Number” website
May 1, 2015: “Ride” (Same day as theatrical release)
In “Ride,” when an editor from the New Yorker (played by Helen Hunt) follows her son (played by Brenton Thwaites) to L.A. after he drops out of college to surf and find himself, she ends up being the one thrust into a sea change of self-discovery. In this comedy written and directed by Hunt, she befriends a limo driver (played by David Zayas), rediscovers her sexuality with a younger surf instructor (played by Luke Wilson), and begins to heal her fractured relationship with her son and herself.
For more info: “Ride” website