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'A Most Violent Year,' 'Big Eyes,' plus more movies on demand

"A Most Violent Year" takes place in the crime-ridden New York of 1981 and is the story of an honest CEO attempting to expand his business. Critic Rafer Guzman calls it "a richly detailed if slightly subdued drama about wealth, integrity and the American dream." Photo Credit: AP / Atsushi Nishijima

Like those forgotten bulbs in your garden, movies from this past winter are finally popping up on video on demand. All titles are available on all cable and satellite systems.


A Most Violent Year (premieres Tuesday)

Trying to stay honest as a New York City businessman has never been easy -- and especially not in 1981, the year in which this gritty drama is set. Intense performances from Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, but this third film from J.C. Chandor ("Margin Call," "All Is Lost") is more mood-piece than thriller.


Big Eyes (premieres April 14)

Tim Burton's delightfully odd biopic was unjustly overlooked last year. Amy Adams is terrific as the painter Margaret Keane -- whose portraits of saucer-eyed waifs became a hot trend during the 1960s -- and Christoph Waltz steals the show as her husband, Walter, who took all the credit. The film tackles sexism, classism and art-ism, all with a sense of humor. Excellent period outfits, too.


Misery Loves Comedy (April 14)

The actor Kevin Pollak directs this documentary that asks whether comedians are inherently miserable people. Tom Hanks, Jimmy Fallon, Marc Maron, Amy Schumer, Whoopi Goldberg, Larry David and others step up to answer. Screens later this month as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.


The Boy Next Door (April 28)

With her marriage on the rocks, pretty high-school teacher Claire (Jennifer Lopez) falls in bed with a hunky student (Ryan Guzman). "Fatal Attraction" this ain't, but look no further for a fun, trashy thriller. The violence is a bit tame, though the sex might surprise you.


Paddington (April 28)

The film version of the classic children's book has one major selling point: A cast of stellar British actors, including Ben Wishaw as the voice of Paddington bear (a computer-animated creation), Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins as his adoptive human parents and Nicole Kidman as a fiendish taxidermist.


The Wedding Ringer (April 28)

Kevin Hart plays Jimmy, a professional best man who rents himself to friendless grooms like Doug (Josh Gad). The two likable stars, and a good-hearted script that keeps its head out of the gutter, make this a surprisingly enjoyable buddy comedy. With Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.


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