Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites are among the stars of the sci-fi drama “The Giver.” Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzengger return for the action-adventures sequel “The Expendables 3.” Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett and Gerard Butler are among the voice actors in the animated sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 3.” Those are among the movies that premiere on demand from Nov. 24 to Nov. 30, 2014. (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, 2014: “Some Kind of Monster” (Same day as Blu-ray release)
Originally released on July 9, 2004, “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” follows the band through three of the most turbulent years in their over three-decade long career, and gives viewers an incredibly raw and intimate look into the lives and psyches of the members of one of the most successful rock bands in music history as they battle their way through addiction, domestic life, backlash from their fans, and near-total disintegration during the making of their “St. Anger” album. The documentary, directed by the award-winning team of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Nov. 25, 2014: “The Giver” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
The haunting story of “The Giver” centers on Jonas (played by Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (played by Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. “The Giver” is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
For more info: “The Giver” website
Nov. 25, 2014: “The Expendables 3” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
In “The Expendables 3,” Barney (played by Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (played by Jason Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (played by Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill … or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables, but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
For more info: “The Expendables 3” website
Nov. 25, 2014: “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases), Rated PG.
Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, “How to Train Your Dragon” is an animated movie series that tells the story of Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view. “How to Train Your Dragon” has an all-star voice cast that also includes Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson, Kit Harington, Kristen Wiig and T.J. Miller.
For more info: “How to Train Your Dragon 2” website
Nov. 25, 2014: “Let’s Be Cops” (Weeks before Netflix and Redbox releases; with deleted scenes), Rated TV-MA.
It’s the ultimate buddy cop movie except for one thing: they’re not cops. When two struggling pals dress as police officers for a costume party, they become neighborhood sensations. But when these newly-minted “heroes” get tangled in a real life web of mobsters and dirty detectives, they must put their fake badges on the line. Starring Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Nina Dobrev, Rob Riggle, James D’Arcy and Andy Garcia.
For more info: “Let’s Be Cops” website
Nov. 25, 2014: “The November Man” (Same day as DVD; weeks before Netflix release), Rated R.
Code named the November Man, Peter Devereaux (played by Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. He must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (played by Olga Kurylenko) who could expose the truth behind a decades old conspiracy. He soon discovers this assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (played by Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.
For more info: “The November Man” website
Nov. 25, 2014: “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
Madea (played by Tyler Perry, who wrote, produced and directed this movie) gets coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit in the country for Christmas, but the biggest surprise is what they’ll find when they arrive. As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Jubilee, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas spirit to all. Also starring Kathy Najimy, Chad Michael Murray, Anna Maria Horsford, Tika Sumpter, Eric Lively, JR Lemon, Alicia Witt, Lisa Whelchel and Larry the Cable Guy.
For more info: “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” website
Nov. 25, 2014: “Fugly!” (18 days after theatrical release)
Jesse Sanchez (played by John Leguizamo) is the “fugly” ghetto nerd from the Bronx in the 1970’s, growing up in the shadow of his older, better-looking brother. Jesse heads off to college where he takes advantage of the incredible ratio of 6 girls to every guy. It is there that this boy undergoes a transformation. It’s where he meets Lara (played by Radha Mitchell) and learns to take command of the stage. As a college grad back in New York, during a spur of the moment local comedy night performance infused with his own style of in your face bits on sex, Jesse is discovered by agent Stoddard (played by Ally Sheedy) who says she has found the next Latino sensation. Moments later he meets Zowie (played by Rosie Perez), a sexy Nuyorican poetess and passionate lover in search of a man who will take her to the top of the industry. Later, with a rising film and television career, Jesse has newfound fame, money, and a strong social media following. He experiences a life-changing moment that allows him to reflect upon his career and the true love of his life. Back on stage, Jesse finds himself in competition with his ex’s new beau Jeffery (played by Griffin Dunne). Then, director Alfredo de Villa’s hilarious anti-romantic comedy takes a shocking turn.
For more info: “Fugly!” website
Nov. 25, 2014: “What If” (Same day as DVD), Rated PG-13.
“What If” is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (played by Daniel Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (played by Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (played by Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (played by Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (played by Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? The ensemble romantic comedy co-stars Megan Park and Oona Chaplin.
For more info: “What If” website
Nov. 28, 2014: “Before I Disappear” (Same day as theatrical release), Rated TV-MA.
Based on the Academy Award-winning short film “Curfew,” Shawn Christensen’s hilarious and heartbreaking “Before I Disappear” takes place over the course of one sweltering night in New York City. The journey begins with Richie (played by Shawn Christensen), a seemingly hopeless introvert, who has decided he has had enough with life. But as he is attempting to end it all, he gets a phone call from his estranged sister, Maggie (played by Emmy Rossum). Though they haven’t spoken in years, Maggie has found herself in a sticky situation and needs Richie to pick up her daughter from school. Richie reluctantly cancels his dark plans and goes to pick up his precocious niece, Sophia (played by Fatima Ptacek), and escorts her home. But when Maggie doesn’t return as scheduled, Richie is forced to take care of Sophia for the night. As the night progresses, Richie finds himself caught in a battle between his two bosses Bill (played by Ron Perlman) and Gideon (played by Paul Wesley) and soon figures out that baby-sitting his niece may be the least of his problems.
For more info: “Before I Disappear” website