Summer blockbuster season is approaching, but that does not mean that excellent cinematic experiences can only be found at the theater. This month On Demand you can find many great options including an excellent book-to-film adaptation and a modern horror gem. Stay inside with us and check out this month’s On Demand Movie Guide.

High Rise

High-RIse

Magnet Releasing

High Rise is the film adaptation of J.G. Ballards’s 1975 novel that many viewed as impossible to adapt. Director Ben Wheatley does an admirable job with the translation and brings some of his darkly comic sensibilities along, while coaxing excellent performances from Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Moss, and Sienna Miller. The movie may cater to certain tastes but will provide plenty to ponder after it’s over. High Rise will be available On Demand starting on April 28.

The Invitation

Drafthouse Films

Drafthouse Films

In The Invitation a man is invited to a dinner party at his ex-wife’s house, where something hidden seems to be at play. Director Karyn Kusama uses the L.A. mansion setting to great effect as it piles on the tension with the use of creative lighting and cinematography that keeps the audience perplexed. The movie is among the very best of modern horror and excels in all aspects of the craft. The Invitation is currently available to rent with select cable and satellite providers, Amazon, and iTunes starting at $6.99.

Friends and Romans

Michael Mailer Films

Michael Mailer Films

Tired of being typecast as silent mobsters, a group of New York Italian actors decide to do some real acting and put on Shakepeare’s Julius Caesar. They rent a theater, and unwittingly become involved in the search for mob leader Joey “Bananas” Bongano when they cast him alongside an undercover FBI agent. The dramatic irony of the situation leads to plenty of laughs and gives Friends and Romans the feel of a classic comedy. Friends and Romans is currently available to rent with select cable and satellite providers, Amazon, and iTunes starting at $3.99

Holidays

Vertical Entertainment

Vertical Entertainment

This anthology from a collection of horror directors has its ups and downs, but there are enough quality short films to make this one you don’t want to miss. With several flavors of horror, Holidays is the latest vignette collection in the rich horror landscape over the last few years and further evidence that there’s a wealth of frightful talent at work today. Holidays is currently available to rent with select cable and satellite providers, Amazon, and iTunes starting at $6.99.