It’s January and you know what that means: 1) It’s officially awards season, and 2) the theaters are full of winter throwaway films.  If you’re all caught up viewing the movies that have snagged nominations this year, you may find yourself with a whole lot of time stuck inside, hiding from the cold weather with nothing to watch.  Fear not friends, you don’t need to search any further for new theater releases that you can watch at home.  Here are the best new films available to rent On Demand this month:

7. The Culture High

Phase 4 Films

Phase 4 Films

The legalization of marijuana has been a topic of heated debate throughout the country in recent years, and this documentary takes the opportunity to examine both sides of the discussion.  Director Brett Harvey utilizes various voices from doctors to high profile celebrities to pull back the curtain on the argument between support and opposition of the legal recreational use of marijuana.  Although the documentary has its transitional and pace issues, it contains enough relevant and informative point of view to make it worth a watch.  The Culture High is available to rent on iTunes for $3.99.

6. Force Majeure

Platform Produktion

Platform Produktion

A family is torn apart when a lunchtime avalanche accident has long term effects on the future of a family and a marriage.  As a nominee for  Best Foreign Language Film, Force Majeure has continued to generate buzz at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.  This dark Swedish comedy is a character study more than anything else, analyzing the consequences and the way people behave during a crisis, and the aftermath of those behaviors.  Force Majeure is available to rent on Netflix and Amazon for $6.99.

5. Goodbye to All That

IFC Films

IFC Films

A 30-something dad is forced to navigate the dating world as he finds himself newly single in a dark romantic comedy starring Paul Schneider.  This movie  falls a bit on the eccentric side, so keep an open mind if you decide to give it a shot.  Schneider plays an oafish but likable guy who uses OkCupid to jump start his love life while he tries to balance fatherhood and bachelorhood. The result is wildly amusing, and frequently uncomfortable, but it reminds us that while dating is never easy, it can always be fun, no matter your age.  Goodbye to All That is available to rent on iTunes and Amazon for $6.99.

4. Loitering With Intent

The Orchard

The Orchard

Loitering With Intent follows two down on their luck actors as they attempt to pen a groundbreaking film script in ten days.  This is one of those self indulgent films that likes to hang around and spend time shooting the breeze.  It’s a movie about writers, which will likely appeal to writers, or the movie lover who enjoys watching people on screen who are likely to be an uncomfortably amusing reminder of ourselves.  Loitering With Intent is available to rent on Amazon for $6.99 and iTunes for $9.99.

3. Predestination

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

Time travel has been going through a resurgence recently, with the recent popularity of smart, exciting  films such as Looper and Edge of Tomorrow paving the way for smaller cerebral thrillers like this one.  I hesitate to elaborate much more on plot to avoid giving too many spoilers, but I have a feeling this will be one of the most surprisingly sharp, entertaining VOD hits of the year, and Ethan Hawke is in prime form as the time traveling agent tasked with preventing crime.  Predestination is available to rent on Amazon and iTunes for $6.99.

2. The Search for General Tso

General Tso

Sundance Selects

This documentary takes us on a journey into the origin of some of the most famous and favorite Chinese food dishes.  This discovery journey delves into the common misconception that Americanized Chinese food is the same cuisine as traditional Chinese food, and the results are equally surprising and hunger-inducing.  This concise, informative story will leave you both enlightened and curious for more.  The Search for General Tso is available to rent on iTunes and Amazon for $6.99.

1. The World Made Straight

Millenium Entertainment

Millenium Entertainment

First time film director David Barris investigates the deep corners of North Carolina’s Appalachia.  The World Made straight is at once a meditation on the relationship between past and present, a regionally-specific coming-of-age tale, and a film about redemption and historical forgiveness.  While sometimes it boasts a bit too hard toward its regionalism, the central story (adapted from the novel of the same name written by the great Ron Rash), offers more than enough for filmgoers to enjoy. The World Made Straight is available to rent on iTunes and Amazon for $3.99.

What are your VOD suggestions for this month?  Sound off in the comments below.