This week enjoy a plethora of new films available on Video on Demand. The newbies include a little something for everyone, including a couple box office hits (“How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “22 Jump Street”).
New on Video on Demand
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Thankfully, this sequel to the wonderful 2010 animated hit is as enjoyable as the original. All of our favorites are back, including Hiccup and Toothless. It’s the rare animated film that adults and kids will both love. Available November 11.
Let’s Be Cops
Silly comedy about two down-and-out friends who dress as cops for a costume party and end up taking their personas a little too seriously. Stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. make a nice comedy team. Check your brain at the door and just enjoy the goofiness. Available November 11.
Director Clint Eastwood adapts the smash Broadway hit for the big screen. The film, about the rise of the iconic Four Seasons, focuses on frontman Frankie Valli (well-played by John Lloyd Young). It’s an entertaining biopic that delves into the back stories of the group. Available November 11.
The Wind Rises
Animated biography about the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. The film examines the beauty and virtue of the great ‘dreamers’ of the world. Available November 18.
If I Stay
A beautiful, moving film about a teenage girl who, on the brink of death, must decide whether it’s her time to move on from this world. It’s a heartbreaking look at teen love, with Chloe Moretz shining in the lead role. Available November 18.
22 Jump Street
If you saw “21 Jump Street,” you know what you’re getting into with the sequel. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have a blast as undercover cops sent back to college. Available November 18.
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Almost a decade has passed since the original “Sin City” was a surprise hit. The sequel features many of the same characters and environs, but the freshenss of the original is lacking. Still, the film captures a wonderfully stark world that should satisfy fans. Available November 18.
And So It Goes
There’s nothing terribly original about the comedy “And So It Goes,” but the film does have Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton – and that ain’t a bad thing. The two old pros are like comfort food – enjoyable, familiar and satisfying. Available November 18.
The Colbert Report
The Emmy-awarding winning “Colbert Report” in winding down. Only about a month is left before Stephan Colbert retires his blowhard news anchor persona before moving on to NBC. Monday-Thursday, Comedy Central.
Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story
Celebrate Veteran’s Day with this documentary about the the elite Navy SEALs. The film tracks these clandestine warriors from WWII to the current war on terror. Tuesday, November 11, PBS.
The CW’s venerable fantasy show turns 200. It’s been a long ride for the Winchester brothers who fight the good fight against demons, spooks, monsters and other supernatural beings. Enjoy the 200th episode as “Supernatural” moves forward with its 10th season. Tuesday, November 11, CW.
Who could have thought that junk left in a storage locker was so fun? Fans won’t want to miss out on a new season. Tuesday, November 11, A&E.
How to Get Away With Murder
This legal/murder/mystery drama is twisted and delicious in all the right ways. Produced by Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal”), the show boasts a first-rate cast, including Viola Davis in the lead role. Thursday, November 13, ABC.
CBS has announced that the long-running hit “The Mentalist” will wrap up this year. A two-hour series finale is set for February 18.
Fox is reviving the game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?,” which last ran in 2009. Jeff Foxworthy will return as host.
Syfy is producing an adaptation of “3001: The Final Odyssey,” the final chapter in Arthur C. Clarke’s series that began with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Ridley Scott will produce.
“Downton Abbey” has been renewed for a 6th season, Fans, rejoice!
NBC has found a hit with “Marry Me.” The Peacock Network has added five more episodes, bringing this season’s total to 18.
USA Network has renewed “Royal Pains” for two more seasons. It will be the show’s 7th and 8th seasons.