Here are some interesting new releases available now to rent or purchase from cable and digital providers.
Video on Demand
"The Intruder": Evil next-door neighbors and home invasions are well-worn plot devices in modern cinema. They resurface frequently in films like "Unlawful Entry," "Lakeview Terrace" and "Panic Room" because these are things that we all fear and can pretty easily occur: A person moves in next to you and makes your life a living hell, or complete strangers show up at your door with evil intentions. In this twisted tale, a young couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) move into a new house, but the previous owner (a widower played by Dennis Quaid) just can't seem to leave them alone. At first, they are sympathetic and try to befriend him, but his presence soon becomes a frequent intrusion. If the thought of Quaid being a bad guy is appealing to you, he really goes for it here. There is even a bursting-through-a-door moment that recalls Jack Nicholson's breakdown in "The Shining." Far from groundbreaking, but it gets the job done for suspense fans. (Cable and digital VOD, available in 4K Ultra HD)
"Missing Link": Over the last decade, Laika has lovingly crafted five feature films using stop-motion animation. Their latest film is from "Paranorman" co-director Chris Butler and introduces us to Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman), a passionate explorer from England who is always on a quest to prove the existence of mystical creatures. A hot tip leads him on a journey to the Pacific Northwest, and it doesn't take long to encounter what he's looking for: an isolated Sasquatch whom he calls Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis). All that Mr. Link wants is to find some friends and relatives so that he's not so lonely. Drawings in his cave lead him to believe that the yetis (or abominable snowmen, as we may know them) could be part of his family, but he needs Frost's help to get to the Himalayan mountains to find out. Along the way, they are chased by an evil man who has been hired to foil their plans and Frost's discovery. The sheer artistry on display here is outstanding (even if the design of the Mr. Link creature is a little off-putting), blending 3D printed models for traditional stop-motion techniques with the assistance of CGI visual effects, and the story is quite clever. Being true to yourself despite the odds is a theme that will resonate with kids and adults, but as with most non-Disney family films these days, it has some old-fashioned potty humor to make a young audience giggle alongside the parts that will make them think. (Cable and digital VOD, available in 4K Ultra HD)