Summer is known for its movies. That's nothing new. And with film houses waging a scheduling war, it's easy to get sucked into the blockbuster hype and rush out to the closest movie theater. But sometimes, it's nice to watch the newest release without leaving the comfort of your home. Thanks to the wonders of On Demand, iTunes, and Amazon Instant, this dream is now a reality — with some movies available before their theatrical release date and oftentimes a lot cheaper too. Times, they are a changin'.
We've compiled a roundup to help you narrow down when to skip the ticket line and stay at home.
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The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (R, May 23) stars Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Peter Dinklage, and Mila Kunis and features Williams as a man who is told that he has 90 minutes to live. He tries to make things right in his life — unsuccessfully in many cases.
The Big Ask (May 20) brings a group of friends together to help one of them cope with his mother's death. But things get weird when the grieving man asks to have sex with every member of the group. How far would you go for a friend? Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton, David Krumholtz, Melanie Lynskey, Ahna O'Reilly, and Jason Ritter star in the flick.
Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) shoots a home intruder to protect his family. The cops purposefully misidentify the victim as a wanted felon, and Dane must then discover the motive while still protecting his family from the deceased's father (Sam Shepard). Don Johnson also stars in Cold in July (May 23).
God's Pocket (R, May 14) is John Slattery's feature-length directorial debut and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles. The gritty drama takes place in the fictional and downtrodden town of God's Pocket. When Mickey's (Hoffman) stepson is found dead, his wife (Christina Hendricks) asks him to investigate. But Mickey owes some debts to the wrong kinds of people that make his wife's request harder than it should be.
In Nick Hornby's latest novel-turned-film A Long Way Down (R, June 5), four strangers (Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul) who all tried to commit suicide from the same roof on New Year's Eve form a surrogate family. The quartet promises to stay alive until Valentine's Day. We have a feeling they keep the pact longer than that. And this one comes out before it's released in theaters.
Toni Collette also stars in Lucky Them (R, May 30) as Ellie, a rock journalist who's down on her luck both in love and her career. Forced to go on a road trip to find her rocker ex-boyfriend Matthew Smith (Johnny Depp), Ellie must confront what she really wants in life — with a documentary filmmaker (Thomas Hayden Church) following her.
Old rancher Red Bovie (Robert Duvall) is forced to abandon his ranch and land, so he takes a trip to Mexico with the grandson he just met (Jeremy Irvine). But when the two pick up some questionable hitchhikers, they find they have to fight for their lives. Not your typical road-trip flick, A Night in Old Mexico (May 16) also examines the lengths people go to stay in control of their own lives.
Reporter Meghan's (Elizabeth Banks) dreams of becoming a news anchor start to crumble after a one night stand with Gordon (James Marsden) that leaves her car-less, penniless, and phone-less in Walk of Shame (R, available now).
Director Atom Egoyan's latest film takes on the story of the West Memphis Three: three young boys are murdered, and three teenagers are charged with their deaths. But when an out-of-town investigator (Colin Firth) questions why the boys are on trial, the town begins to wonder how much blind faith they've given to those in charge. Reese Witherspoon and Mireille Enos also star in Devil's Knot (R, available now).
Filth (R) is available until May 30, before it's released in theaters. A bigoted and bipolar cop (James McAvoy) binges his way through the holidays — seems like a logical way to get the promotion he's after and reunite with his wife and daughter, right? Jamie Bell and Imogen Poots also star.
Dan Fogler wrote, directed, and starred in Don Peyote (R, available now), which finds his character Warren Allman faced with the task of educating the world about alternative lifestyles that question the status quo — think less capitalism and consumerism. Oh, and he does this from inside a psych ward. Sound trippy? It should be. Anne Hathway, Josh Duhamel, and Topher Grace also star.