Fairytales, legends and horror highlight this week on television

Halloween brings out some of the most enjoyable programming on television. In addition to innumerable horror film fests, check out some iconic heroes and villains in Videos on Demand.

New on Video on Demand

beginagainBegin Again
A sweet and smart comedy/drama about a down-and-out music executive (Mark Ruffalo) and young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightly). The film is about the joys and pains and triumphs that artists endure – and the simple love of creativity. Adam Levine co-stars. Available October 28.

Deliver Us From Evil
Just in time for Halloween is this well done, but not particularly original, film about a New York City police officer joining forces with a priest to combat a series of demonic possessions. Available October 28.

Wish I Was Here
Zach Braff’s film about a 35-year old man who finds himself treading water in life. The film meanders along at its own lazy pace, so it’s not for everyone. But if you saw Braff’s earlier film, “Garden State,” and enjoyed it, you’ll probably find something to like here. Available October 28.

maleficentMaleficent
Angelina Jolie stars in this stark fairytale about the transformation of a pure young woman into of one of Disney’s most iconic villains. Available November 4.

Planes: Fire & Rescue
This film is aimed squarely at the kids – who should enjoy it tremendously. The story is sweet and fun; the animation is above average and the performances are a plus. Available November 4.

the-rock-hercules-1.pngHercules
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stars as a the legendary hero. This is our guilty pleasure of the week. The story is overblown and some of the performances merely adequate, but Johnson brings a nice physical presence to the title role, and the effects are top notch. Turn your brain off and enjoy. Available November 4.

Step Up All In
The “Step Up” franchise lives on with an all-star battle in Vegas. If you’ve seen the other “Step Up” films and enjoyed them, you’ll love this one. Available November 4.

TV Highlights

jasonFear Fest 2014
There are a lot of horror movies this week, but AMC’s Fear Fest is chock full of goodies all day and all night for the entire week – right up to Halloween. Whether you are looking for Freddy, Chucky, Jason or Michael Myers, this Fest has them all. Check listings. AMC.

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
HBO takes a look at the great James Brown in this documentary produced by Mick Jagger. Monday, October 27, HBO.

miketysonmysteriesMike Tyson Mysteries
This bizarre Scooby-Doo parody/homage has to be seen to believed. Mike Tyson joins forces with his adopted daughter, a talking, alcoholic parrot and a ghost to solve bizarre mysteries. It’s immensely clever and wildly funny. Monday, October 27, Adult Swim.

Benched
This new comedy series stars Eliza Coupe as a corporate lawyer who is forced to become a public defender after a meltdown. Tuesday, October 28, USA

The McCarthys
The great Laurie Metcalf stars as the matriarch of a sports-obsessed Boston clan. Tyler Ritter plays her gay son. Thursday, October 30

Elementary
Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Dr. Watson (Lucy Liu) return for season three. The two leads make engaging sleuths as they solve the most notorious crimes in modern day New York City. Thursday, October 30, CBS

olive-kitteredgeOlive Kitteridge
Francis McDormand stars in this ambitious adaptation of Elizabeth’s Strout’s Pulitzer-winning novel. The mini-series follows 25 years in the life of a straight shooting Maine teacher. The supporting cast includes Richard Jenkins, Bill Gallagher Jr., Zoe Kazan, Bill Murray and Julianna Margulies. Sunday, November 2, HBO.

White Collar
Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay, as con-artist Neal Caffrey and FBI agent Peter Burke, return for a final six-episode season. Expect a lot of big moments as the show wraps its impressive run. Thursday, November 6, USA.

News

Jane the VirginTwo CW shows that are delivering stellar ratings and reviews, “The Flash” and “Jane the Virgin,” have been picked up for a full season.

The first casualties of the 2014-15 network television season are in: And the winners (or should we say losers) are Fox’s sophomore border drama “The Bridge” starring Diane Kruger, and ABC’s sitcom “Manhattan Love Story,” which lasted only a few episodes.

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