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Movies On Demand on Cable Update – January 2015

Movies On Demand on Cable Update – January 2015

Some fascinating and significant films kick off the New Year and make their television premieres in January 2015 via Movies on Demand (MOD) on cable. 

Ben Affleck stars in Gone Girl, one of the top films of the season. The dark psychological thriller from director David Fincher (The Social Network) is based on the worldwide bestseller by Gillian Flynn and just received four Golden Globe nominations.  Another huge action-packed thriller premiering on MOD this month is Lucy, from writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Taken 2), with Morgan Freeman and Scarlett Johansson who plays a brain-altered woman outsmarting her captors. You can also see Brad Pitt in Fury, a story of heroism and camaraderie during World War II.

Notable this month is the premiere of Richard Linklater’s highly-touted Boyhood, now making most critics’ top 10 lists for 2014 films and achieving a whopping 99% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Unusually filmed over 12 years in real time, it follows the turmoil of adolescence as a boy grows from childhood to a teen.

Also premiering this month is The Boxtrolls, an animated adventure from the makers of Coraline and ParaNorman, about a quirky underground family’s fight for survival (also available in 3D).  Finally, powerful performances of Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. preside over the Golden Globe-nominee, The Judge.

January 2015 Movies On Demand on Cable Major Studio Television Premieres**

Boyhood – Premieres 1/6, (same day as DVD), R, Drama, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane

Get On Up – Premieres 1/6, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Biopic, Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis

No Good Deed – Premieres 1/6, (same day as DVD), PG-13, Thriller, Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson

A Walk Among the Tombstones – Premieres 1/13, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Thriller, Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens

Annabelle – Premieres 1/20, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Horror, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard

The Boxtrolls – Premieres 1/20, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox, available in 3D*), PG, Animated, voices: Elle Fanning, Tracy Morgan

Lucy – Premieres 1/20, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Action, Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman

Fury – Premieres 1/27, (same day as DVD), R, Action/Drama, Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf

Gone Girl – Premieres 1/27, (weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Thriller, Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

The Judge – Premieres 1/27, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Drama, Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall

* 3D not available in all systems

January 2015 Independent Studio & Other Titles of Note** (just a selection)

A wide selection of indies premiere this month, including many that give audiences a first look at new titles before or the same day they premiere in theaters.

Highlights include The Guest, featuring Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey.  A docu about the groundbreaking director of Boyhood (see above) is 21 Years: Richard Linklater.  A biopic about the iconic rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix is Jimi: All is By My Side, directed by 12 Years A Slave’s award-winning screenplay scribe, John Ridley.

In the time-travel thriller Predestination, Ethan Hawke is a Temporal Agent on a mission to prevent a devastating crime in the future.

John Lithgow and Alfred Molina play an older gay couple in the well-reviewed Love is Strange, (96% positive by critics on Rotten Tomatoes).  A satirical send-up of current race-relations that won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent is Dear White People.

Also notable is Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) in Amira & Sam, playing a former Green Beret who tries his hand at stand-up comedy while falling for an Iraqi woman who is in the U.S. illegally.  Finally in My Old Lady, Hollywood legends Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith are at odds over a piece of Parisian real estate.

Indie premieres for January, 2015:

The Guest – Premieres 1/6, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), R, Thriller, Dan Stevens, Ethan Embry

21 Years: Richard Linklater – Premieres 1/8, (same day as DVD), TV-14, Documentary, Ethan Hawke, Jack Black

Predestination – Premieres 1/9, (same day as theatrical release), R, Sci-Fi, Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor

The World Made Straight – Premieres 1/9, (same day as theatrical release), R, Thriller, Jeremy Irvine, Minka Kelly

The Identical – Premieres 1/13, (same day as DVD), PG, Drama, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd

Jimi: All is By My Side – Premieres 1/13, (same day as DVD), R, Biopic, André Benjamin, Imogen Poots

Love is Strange – Premieres 1/13, (same day as DVD), R, Drama, John Lithgow, Alfred Molina

Vice – Premieres 1/16, (same day as theatrical release), R, Action, Bruce Willis, Thomas Jane

Dear White People – Premieres 1/20, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), R, Comedy, Tyler James Williams, Teyonah Parris

Laggies – Premieres 1/20, (weeks before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), R, Comedy, Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz

The Mule – Premieres 1/20, (same day as DVD), TV-MA, Crime, Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson

The Humbling – Premieres 1/23, (same day as theatrical release), R, Drama, Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig

Song One – Premieres 1/23, (same day as theatrical release), PG-13, Drama, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn

Low Down – Premieres 1/27, (months before DVD, Netflix & Redbox), R, Drama, John Hawkes, Elle Fanning

My Old Lady – Premieres 1/27, (same day as DVD, weeks before Netflix & Redbox), PG-13, Drama, Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas

Amira & Sam – Premieres 1/30, (same day as theatrical release), TV-14, Romance, Martin Starr, Paul Wesley, Dina Shihabi

Wild Card – Premieres 1/30, (same day as theatrical release), R, Action, Jason Statham, Michael Angarano

* 3D not available in all systems.

Cable is the nation’s powerhouse in delivery of movies via the On Demand platform, representing 40% all paid movie rentals in the U.S., far outpacing satellite, iTunes, Amazon and all others.* When combined, cable, telco and satellite represent 72% of the market share, while only 28% of movie orders  come from digital storefronts. Movies On Demand on Cable (MOD) is the easiest, most convenient way to rent movies from home instantly, with just a click of the remote. It is part of digital cable service.c

NOTES:

*Source, The NPD Group, VideoWatch Digital, full-year 2013

**Schedule subject to change. Titles, dates and availability may vary by system. HD and 3D not available in all systems.

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