This week offers some quality films that flew under the box office radar, as well as a duo of flicks (“The Prince” and “Are You Here”) that hit Video on Demand the same day they are released in the theater. On TV, HBO serves up the finale of the long running “True Blood,” a new Doctor is in town, and college football kicks off next weekend on ESPN.
New on Video on Demand
Bruce Willis, John Cusack and Jason Patric star in this American gangster film about a retired criminal who is forced return to the crime world when his daughter is kidnapped by an old rival. “The Prince” is available on demand the same day it hits the movie theaters. Available August 22.
The Quiet Ones
An effectively creepy film. “The Quiet One’s” won’t offer anything new to horror fans, but there are some nice scares. Available August 19.
Are You Here
Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler star in this dark comedy by “Mad Men” and “Sopranos” creator Matt Weiner. Available on demand the same day it makes its theatrical debut. Available August 26.
Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler hook up again for a lightweight but enjoyable romantic comedy. It’s not anything ground breaking, but the leads – especially the likable Barrymore – make this one work. Available August 26.
Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
Dorothy heads back to Oz to save her old friends from a new villain, the Jester, in this animated film. It’s nothing special, but it should entertain the kids for 90 minutes. Available August 26.
“Belle” is the story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the mixed raced daughter of a British sea captain. It’s a lush, elegant and beautiful film. If you like your romance in the “Sense and Sensibility” mode, then this is for you. Available August 26.
Switched at Birth
The recently renewed “Switched at Birth” wraps up season three with graduation day – complete with shocking news and lots of self-reflection. Monday, August 18, ABC Family.
Dallas returns for more drama, sans the great Larry Hagman. Expect plenty of Texas-style plotting. Monday, August 18, TNT.
Time to get back to the gridiron. The college football season takes flight on August 23 with Sam Houston State playing at Eastern Washington on ESPN.
The groundbreaking series comes to close after seven bloody and sexy seasons. Farewell, Sookie, we’ll miss you. Sunday, August 24, HBO.