Coming to Video On Demand in August 2018

Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Danai Gurira, and Chadwick Boseman in comic book epic from Marvel Studios

Two of the biggest movies of summer 2018 come to Cable On Demand and VOD in August: the superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War, which brings the Marvel Universe to the edge of apocalypse, and the sardonic Deadpool 2 with Ryan Reynolds.

On much smaller scale is Paul Schrader’s intimate and intense First Reformed with Ethan Hawke, the comic heist film American Animals, buddy comedy Tag with Ed Helms and Jon Hamm, and the indie drama The Rider. And for cult movie fans is Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, a revival of killer puppet direct-to-video franchise of the 1980s with Thomas Lennon and Michael Paré.

Video on Demand, what used to be known pay-per-view, is essentially a streaming rental service and has become one of the most popular home viewing choices for new movies. It is available through most digital cable and satellite systems. Most titles are also available through web-based VOD services like iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Fandango, and Google Play.

Here are the notable arrivals coming to VOD in August

August 3
Bad Samaritan (same days as theaters)
Urban Country (same days as theaters)

August 7
Big Fish & Begonias
Breaking In
Life of the Party
On Chesil Beach
Measure of a Man
The Rider

August 10
Always at the Carlyle (same days as theaters)
Church & State (same days as theaters)
Elizabeth Harvest (same days as theaters)
Hope Springs Eternal (same days as theaters)

August 14
Avengers: Infinity War
The House of Tomorrow
The Last Warrior

August 17
Benched (same days as theaters)
Breaking & Exiting (same days as theaters)
Down a Dark Hall (same days as theaters)
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (same days as theaters
Running for Grace (same days as theaters)

August 21
Deadpool 2
First Reformed
Action Point
God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness
Show Dogs

August 24
Arizona (same days as theaters)

August 28
American Animals
Book Club
Calling All Earthlings
The Guardians
The Padre (a month before theaters)

August 31
Pick of the Litter (same days as theaters)
Snow Queen: Fire and Ice (same days as theaters)
Boarding School (same days as theaters)

Dates are subject to change without notice.

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Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.

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