MOVIES ON DEMAND ON CABLE UPDATE – JULY 2017
Strong entries in the action and kids genres anchor the new releases making their television premieres via Movies on Demand (MOD) on cable’s VOD platform in July. From the majors, kids can celebrate their summer off with two recent animated hits On Demand, The Boss Baby and Smurfs: The Lost Village. And summer excitement starts with two huge action hits: The Fate of the Furious and Kong: Skull Island. Also, see below for a wealth of new releases from the indie studios.
Movies On Demand makes available two versions of The Fate of the Furious movie, the original theatrical version and an extended director’s cut. In The Fate of the Furious, a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) into a betrayal of those closest to him, forcing the team into an adrenaline-filled adventure. Kong: Skull Island is the latest King Kong reboot, this time set in the 1970s with a team of scientists and Vietnam War soldiers who embark on an expedition to an uncharted Pacific island, home to a giant gorilla and other supersized creatures. This star-studded (Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and more) explosive war between monster and man is powered by a driving score with classic Vietnam era and 1970s rock hits. Note Brie Larson is also featured in an indie release this month, Free Fire. See below for more info.
A big recent animated hit, The Boss Baby, is voiced by Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and narrated by Tobey Maguire. Seven-year-old Tim discovers his new brother is a suit-wearing executive and reluctantly agrees to team up with the Boss Baby on a secret mission. In Smurfs: The Lost Village, these fully animated Smurfs must race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village. MOD is also showing Smurfs: The Lost Village with Bonus Featurette.
July 2017 Movies on Demand on Cable Major Studio Premieres*:
The Zookeeper’s Wife – 7/4 – (same day as DVD); PG-13; Drama; Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh
Smurfs: The Lost Village/Smurfs: The Lost Village With Bonus Featurette – 7/11 – (same day as DVD); PG/TV-PG; Family/Comedy; Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson
The Fate of the Furious/The Fate Of The Furious – Extended Director’s Cut – 7/11 – (same day as DVD); PG-13/TV-14; Action/Thriller; Vin Diesel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Kong: Skull Island – 7/18 – (same day as DVD); PG-13; Action/Adventure; Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson
The Boss Baby – 7/25 – (same day as DVD); PG; Comedy; Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi
Gifted - 7/25 – (same day as DVD); PG-13; Drama; Chris Evans, McKenna Grace
Ghost in the Shell – 7/25 – (same day as DVD); PG-13; Action/Sci-Fi; Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano
Unforgettable – 7/25 – (same day as DVD); R; Thriller/Drama; Katherine Heigl, Rosario Dawson
Indie premieres on MOD for July 2017*
On the indie front, viewers will find a mix of film festival winners, stars in unusual outings, kids’ titles and a variety of intriguing stories.
Coming to MOD before DVD release is the kids’ title based on a classic novel, Swallows & Amazons, which got 93% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and several film festival wins. Starring Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting, Boardwalk Empire, voice of the Princess in Pixar’s Brave), four children (The Swallows) go on a sailing adventure to an island where they encounter a rival group of kids (The Amazons). They soon become allies when pirates threaten all they hold dear.
Garnering 92% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and several Spirit Awards, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern lead a remarkable ensemble cast in Certain Women, a portrait of three powerful and flawed women forging their own paths. Winner of multiple film festival awards, A Quiet Passion stars Cynthia Nixon as 19th Century American poet Emily Dickinson. Nixon personifies the wit, intellectual independence, and pathos of the great writer in this masterful biographical drama from acclaimed director Terence Davies.
In Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, Richard Gere gives a subtle, sensitive performance as Norman Oppenheimer, a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life. When the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman’s life dramatically changes both for better and worse. The Martin Scorcese-Executive Produced Free Fire was a Toronto Film Festival winner, starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer. Set in 1970s Boston, a black market arms deal goes outrageously wrong, the story becomes both a parody and critique of out-of-control gun violence.
Indie premieres on MOD for July 2017 (Just a selection)*:
Song To Song – 7/4 – (same day as DVD); R; Drama/Romance; Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender
Austin Found – 7/7 – (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Drama/Comedy; Linda Cardellini, Kristen Schaa
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer – 7/11 – (same day as DVD); R; Drama/Thriller; Richard Gere
Spark: A Space Tail – 7/11 – (same day as DVD); PG; Animated/Comedy; Jace Norman, Jessica Biel
Their Finest – 7/11 – (same day as DVD); R; Drama/Comedy; Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin
Certain Women - 7/11 – (weeks before DVD); R; Drama/Romance; Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart
Jasmine – 7/11 –TV-MA; Horror/Thriller; Jason Tobin, Byron Mann
All These Sleepless Nights – 7/11 – R; Drama; Krzysztof Baginski, Michal Huszcza
A Quiet Passion – 7/11 – (same day as DVD); PG-13; Drama; Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle
Battle Scars – 7/14 – (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Action/Drama; Zane Holtz, Heather McComb
Blind – 7/14 – (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Drama/Romance; Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore
Swallows & Amazons – 7/14 – (weeks before DVD); TV-PG; Family/Action; Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald
Glory – 7/18 – (weeks before DVD); TV-14; Drama; Stefan Denolyubov, Margita Gosheva
Free Fire – 7/18 – (same day as DVD); R; Action/Comedy; Brie Larson, Armie Hammer
The Promise – 7/18 – (same day as DVD); PG-13; Drama/Romance; Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon
First Kill – 7/21 – (same day as theatrical); R; Action/Thriller; Bruce Willis, Hayden Christensen
Amnesia – 7/21 – (weeks before DVD); TV-14; Drama; Marthe Keller, Max Riemelt
Killing Ground – 7/21 – (same day as theatrical); TV-MA; Horror; Harriet Dyer, Aaron Glenane
Awaken the Shadowman – 7/25 – (same day as DVD); TV-MA; Horror; James Zimbardi, Skyler Caleb
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent – 7/25; R; Docu; Jeremiah Tower, Anthony Bourdain
The Last Face – 7/28 – (same day as theatrical); R; Drama; Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem
From The Land Of The Moon – 7/28 – (same day as theatrical); R; Drama/Romance; Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel
Person To Person – 7/28 – (same day as theatrical); TV-14; Comedy; Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson
Strange Weather – 7/28 – (same day as theatrical); R; Action/Drama; Holly Hunter, Carrie Coon
*MOD schedule is subject to change. Titles, dates and availability may vary by system. HD and 3D not available in all systems.
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