Big-budget films (Noah, Sabotage, Transcendence) and even bigger stars (Crowe, Depp, Schwarzenegger) mix with some smaller films (Cesar Chavez, Heaven is for Real) to give a nice mix of new films available this week via Movies on Demand.
New this week on Movies on Demand
My guilty pleasure for the week. A DEA task force makes the mistake of robbing a drug cartel. The result is a violent, grim and – at times – funny film. The story is rather routine, but the action and performances make it worthwhile for fans of the gritty action genre. The cast include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway and Terrence Howard. Available 7/22.
This biopic about the life of civil rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez benefits from an excellent performance by Michael Peña in the title role. The movie is a bit staid, but engaging. Available 7/22.
The future is here – and it’s name is Johnny Depp! In “Transcendence”, Depp is a brilliant scientist who combines with his newly create A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) program. The result is a thought-provoking sci-fi thriller that is an odd mix that will satisfy science fiction fans – or leave them scratching their heads. Available 7/22.
Heaven is for Real
“Heaven is for Real” is about a father who must come to terms with the near death experience of his son – who claims to have visited heaven in the process. The film wears it’s Christian leanings on its sleeve without being overly preachy. Greg Kinnear is wonderful as the confused father. Available 7/22.
An ambitious and bold take about the apocalyptic flood of legend. However, don’t expect a biblical retelling of the famed tale. In the hands of director Darren Aronofsky, “Noah” is more of a fantasy film than a bible story. Bible puruists should stay clear, but fans of the director will likely enjoy Aronofsky’s vision. An excellent cast includes Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson. Available 7/29.
HBO’s epic vampire series is in the home stretch. There are only five more episodes of Sookie, Bill, Eric and the rest of the gang. Don’t miss out the happenings (expect lots of death) in Bon Temps. Sundays, HBO.
“Food Fighters” takes the reality cooking show to a new level as amateur cooks engage in culinary combat against pro chefs. “Man vs. Food’s” Adam Richman hosts. Tuesday, July 22, NBC.
Homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) return via Netflix. The entire season – six episodes – drops on Friday, August 1. This will reportedly conclude the cult series.
The BBC has confirmed that everyone’s favorite sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, will be returning. Season 4 of “Sherlock” is set to begin filming in early 2015. There will be three feature-length episodes, and a one-off special.
NBC’s “Heroes” will be reborn in 2015 as “Heroes Reborn,” a 13 episode run featuring an all-new cast. “Heroes” creator Tim Kring is on board for the series reboot.