On Demand DVD New Releases April 22-28: This week’s releases tackle some true stories (The Impossible), some true-to-life stories (Promised Land, Any Day), and a ghost story of sorts, (A Haunted House). Cheech and Chong get animated, and Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Sean Penn take a shot at a tale of cops vs. the mob (Gangster Squad).
Any Day Now In the late 1970s, when a mentally handicapped teenager is abandoned, a gay couple takes him in and becomes the family he’s never had. But once the unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to love as their own. 4/23
Assassins Run A Russian ballerina must fight back against the Russian mob after they kill her husband, an American businessman, and press her to reveal the location of his financial documents. Christian Slater, Cole Hauser, Angus Macfadyen (R, 1:30) 4/23
Cheech & Chong’s Animated Movie Some of the stoner duo’s most famous bits are brought to life in this trippy animated adaptation. Voices of Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong (R, 2:00) 4/23
Gangster Squad In 1949 Los Angeles, a group of secret police works outside the law in order to take down Mickey Cohen, the city’s ruthless mob king. Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn (R, 1:53) 4/23
A Haunted House This spoof of the horror genre targets hits like Paranormal Activity with its story of a couple who move into a dream home only to find a demon also living there. Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Cedric the Entertainer (R, 1:26) 4/23
The Impossible Based on the true story of one family’s incredible tale of survival during the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, this intimate yet epic drama features fantastic performances by Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor as parents trying to get themselves and their three sons through the disaster. Also stars Tom Holland (PG-13, 1:54) 4/23
Promised Land Matt Damon reunites with Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant for this story of a representative from a natural gas company who travels to a small town to persuade the locals to allow his corporation to tap into the area’s natural resources. Also stars John Krasinski, Frances McDormand (R, 1:46) 4/23
Availability dates subject to change. Check your cable provider for ordering information. 3-D movies require a 3-D TV.
© 2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Credit: Wilson Webb