Best new movies available On Demand
"Jackie," "The Birth of a Nation" and more: See film critic Rafer Guzman's picks for the Oscar winners, box office hits and independent films that are available (or will be soon) to watch On Demand, whether you subscribe to Optimum, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Dish or Verizon. Dates of availability may vary based on provider.
"Patriots Day"(Credit: CBS Films / Karen Ballard)
A riveting dramatization of the Boston Marathon bombings and the subsequent manhunt. The expert action director Peter Berg ("Deepwater Horizon") is firing on all cylinders with this one. Starring Mark Wahlberg and J.K. Simmons. Read our review here.
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"(Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / Jaap Buitendijk)
A "Harry Potter" spinoff that rivals the originals. Eddie Redmayne is wonderful as the author of a certain Hogwarts textbook; Dan Fogler steals the show as a good-hearted muggle. Pure magic from start to finish. Read our review here.
"A Monster Calls"(Credit: Focus Features)
A preteen boy (Lewis MacDougall) with a dying mother (Felicity Jones) receives a visit from an ancient monster. Well-crafted and deep-reaching, but also profoundly sad, which makes it tough to recommend to its young target audience. Read our review here.
"Live By Night"(Credit: AP)
Ben Affleck directs and stars in a Prohibition-era crime drama. Despite the fine cast (Chris Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Chris Messina), it's muddled and meandering. Read our review here.
"Sing"(Credit: Universal Pictures)
This animated musical about animals in a singing contest is an absolute must-see, smart and funny and joyful. Great voices by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and so many others. Read our review here.
"Julieta"(Credit: TNS / Manolo Pavon)
Pedro Almodóvar's latest is a moody, Hitchcock-style mystery about a woman whose daughter has vanished. Great performances from Adriana Ugarte and Emma Suárez, each playing the title role at different ages. Read our review here.
"Nerve"(Credit: Lionsgate / Niko Tavernise)
Shy high-schooler Venus (Emma Roberts) is drawn into an online game of derring-do with deadly consequences. It's a quintessential teen movie with a preposterous but alluring premise, a likeable cast and a hokey ending -- which is to say, it's super fun. Dave Franco plays the mysterious gamer Ian. Read our review here.
A thoughtful drama about a real-life court case between a Jewish-American historian (Rachel Weisz) and a British Holocaust denier (Timothy Spall). Short on dramatic tension, but the grown-up themes and fine acting carry the day. With Tom Wilkinson. Read our review here.
"War Dogs"(Credit: Warner Bros.)
Jonah Hill and Miles Teller play two real-life knuckleheads who talked their way into a $300 million Pentagon arms contract. Lively and fun. Also starring Bradley Cooper.
"Suicide Squad"(Credit: TNS / Clay Enos)
Several supervillains agree to undertake an impossible mission in return for their freedom. It's sloppy and hollow, and it earned millions at the box office. With Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie. Read our review here.
"Christine"(Credit: Joe Anderson)
Rebecca Hall plays Christine Chubbuck, the Florida television reporter who shot herself on-air in 1974. It's a riveting performance, easily one of 2016's best. With Michael C. Hall and Tracy Letts. Read our review here.
"Queen of Katwe"(Credit: Disney / Edward Echwalu)
The true story of a poor Ugandan girl (a buoyant Madina Nalwanga) who dreams of becoming a chess champion. It's a solid drama, not too heavy, not too light, with an impressive young heroine. With David Oyelowo. Read our review here.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns in a carefully calibrated performance as Edward Snowden, the computer whiz who alerted us to government surveillance and privacy invasion on a global scale. It's a surprisingly calm and relatively evenhanded movie from excitable director Oliver Stone. With Shailene Woodley. Read our review here.
"Jason Bourne"(Credit: Matt Damon is back as a CIA operative in “Jason Bourne.”)
Matt Damon's return as the amnesiac spy isn't the rock-'em-sock-'em blockbuster it could have been, but director Paul Greengrass delivers some satisfyingly rough action scenes. With Alicia Vikander. Read our review here.
"Kubo and the Two Strings"(Credit: Focus Features / Laika Studios)
From the stop-motion wizards at Laika comes this tale of one boy's adventures through an ancient and magical Japan. The animation is stunning, the story less so, but very young viewers will be hypnotized. With the voices of Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey. Read our review here.
"Deepwater Horizon"(Credit: LionsGate Pictures/David Lee)
Before "Patriots Day," Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg teamed up for this dramatization about a deadly oil spill. It's a highly effective, if not terribly thoughtful, action-thriller about a real tragedy. With Kurt Russell and John Malkovich. Read our review here.
"Inferno"(Credit: Jonathan Prime)
Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard re-team for another sequel to "The DaVinci Code," this one about a doomsday plot involving Dante and a super-virus. It's not awful, but you'd be better off doing a good crossword. Read our review here.
"Manchester By the Sea"(Credit: AP)
Casey Affleck just got an Oscar nod for his role as a solitary Boston-area handyman grappling with a dark past in this slow-burning but very powerful drama. Lucas Hedges, as a suddenly fatherless teen, is also up for an Oscar. Read our review here.
"Sully"(Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures)
Clint Eastwood's film about Captain Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and his miraculous landing in the Hudson River is respectful, well-intentioned and slightly underwhelming. With Aaron Eckhart. Read our review here.
"Loving"(Credit: Focus Features)
Joel Edgerton and newly minted Oscar nominee Ruth Negga play an interracial couple fighting Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws during the 1960s. Short on eloquent speeches, long on emotional power. Read our review here.
"American Pastoral"(Credit: Richard Foreman Jr.)
Ewan McGregor directs and stars in a drama about a 1960s family whose daughter (Elle Fanning) becomes a violent terrorist. Solid, but fails to capture the tangled complexity of Philip Roth's great novel. Read our review here.
"Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk"(Credit: TriStar Pictures / Mary Cybulski)
Director Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain") tackles the story of a young soldier who returns from Iraq to an America that seems to regard him as both romantic hero and working-class fool. An ambitious, if not entirely successful, adaptation of the semisatirical novel. With Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund. Read our review here.
"Florence Foster Jenkins"(Credit: Paramount Pictures, Pathé and B / Nick Wall)
Meryl Streep is terrific in the real-life title role -- a talentless opera singer who managed to sell out Carnegie Hall -- but it's Hugh Grant, as her doting yet adulterous husband, who may walk away with an Oscar. Read our review here.
"The Accountant"(Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / Chuck Zlotnick)
Ben Affleck stars as a socially inept math whiz who cooks books for criminals but, for some reason, gets mad when a robotics company does the same. Huh? This movie is stupid. With Anna Kendrick. Read our review here.
"Hell or High Water"(Credit: Lorey Sebastian)
This low-budget crime drama about a Texas sheriff (Jeff Bridges) chasing two bank-robbing brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) barely appeared in theaters but became a critical hit and a three-time Golden Globe nominee.
"The Birth of a Nation"(Credit: TNS/Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Despite controversy around writer-director Nate Parker, haunted by a years-old rape charge, this is a powerful and unsettling dramatization of a real slave rebellion in 1831. With Gabrielle Union. Read our review here.
"The Magnificent Seven"(Credit: AP/Sam Emerson)
Denzel Washington stars in this multi-ethnic remake of the 1960 Western about outlaws hired to protect a terrorized town. The barroom brawls and billion-bullet battles should satisfy genre fans. With Hayley Bennett, Chris Pratt, Lee Byung-hun and Ethan Hawke. Read our review here.
"The Edge of Seventeen"(Credit: AP/Murray Close)
Hailee Steinfeld plays a sourpuss teen who is very close to becoming a malfunctioning adult in this sharp, insightful and very funny movie from writer and first-time director Kelly Fremon Craig. Woody Harrelson is excellent as the long-suffering history teacher Mr. Bruner. Read our review here.
"Bleed for This"(Credit: Open Road Films / Seacia Pavao)
Miles Telly plays real-life boxer Vinny Pazienza, who survived a near-fatal car crash to step back into the ring. The star performance here, though, comes from Aaron Eckhart as his balding, washed-up trainer, Kevin Rooney. Read our review here.
An animated adventure from Disney about a Pacific Island girl (the voice of Auli'i Cravalho) who joins the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson) to battle a mythical creature. Some lovely moments, and nice songs co-written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Read our review here.
"Elle"(Credit: Sony Pictures Classics / Guy Ferrandis)
Isabelle Huppert earned an Oscar nod and a Globe win as a woman who seeks revenge on the man who attacked her. Directed by the ever-incendiary Paul Verhoeven ("Basic Instinct").
"Passengers"(Credit: Jaimie Trueblood)
This sci-fi romance starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt was one of last year's most severely panned movies, but it's really not all bad. The star power of the leads, and a well-spent production budget, make for high-quality fluff. Read our review here.
"Almost Christmas"(Credit: Universal Pictures / Quantrell D. Colbe)
Danny Glover, Mo'Nique, J.B. Smoove and others play members of a dysfunctional family gathering for a fraught holiday celebration. This seasonal comedy never rises above its formula, but the cast has its moments. Read our review here.
"Hacksaw Ridge"(Credit: AP)
Mel Gibson earned an Oscar nod for directing this World War II drama about a pacifist soldier (Andrew Garfield) who becomes an unexpected hero. Say what you want about Gibson, but the guy knows how to make a movie. The battle scenes are extraordinary. Read our review here.
"Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"(Credit: AP)
A pleasant throwback to the formulaic action-thrillers of the 1990s, with Tom Cruise as the smartest, toughest guy in any room. Good popcorn fun. Read our review here.
"Nocturnal Animals"(Credit: AP)
Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon (who just earned an Oscar nod for his role), star in a crime-thriller about a man whose wife and daughter are kidnapped by Texas sleazeballs. Muddled but compelling. Directed by Tom Ford ("A Single Man"). Read our review here.
"Arrival"(Credit: Paramount Pictures)
A science-fiction movie for grown-ups, starring Amy Adams as a translator hired to make contact with an alien species. Spooky, moody and tingly, thanks to director Denis Villeneuve ("Sicario"). Read our review here.
"Jackie"(Credit: Fox Searlight Pictures)
A Long Islander, Natalie Portman, plays another, Jacqueline Kennedy, in this impressionistic, nontraditional biopic. Portman got an Oscar nod, as did indie rocker Mica Levi for her wild score. Read our review here.
"The Light Between Oceans"(Credit: DreamWorks Pictures / Davi Russo)
A childless husband and wife living on a lighthouse island discover that an infant has drifted to their shore. It's high-caliber melodrama with fine performances by Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, and gorgeous direction by Derek Cianfrance. Prepare for tears. Read our review here.
"Allied"(Credit: Daniel Smith / Paramount Pictures)
Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard play an Allied operative and a French Resistance agent who fall in love during World War II. It was overlooked upon its release, but it's a grand, old-fashioned romance with intentional nods to "Casablanca" and classic Hitchcock. Read our review here.
"Bad Santa 2"(Credit: Jan Thijs)
Billy Bob Thornton returns in the title role of reprobate mall-Santa Willie Soke, with Tony Cox as his elfin helpmate. Not as good as the original by a long shot, but the quick-witted cast (including Kathy Bates as Willie's criminal mom) has moments of near-brilliance. Read our review here.
"Fences"(Credit: David Lee)
Director Denzel Washington got an Oscar nod for his performance as a working-class patriarch in this adaptation of the August Wilson play. Viola Davis, as a beleaguered wife, took home the gold. Read our review here.
"The Girl on the Train"(Credit: DreamWorks Pictures)
The bestselling novel is now a movie starring Emily Blunt as an alcoholic who begins to investigate a possible murder. Blunt's performance is convincing, but the rest of the movie is contrived, oversexed and tacky. With Rebecca Ferguson. Read our review here.