Best new movies available On Demand
"Finding Dory," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" 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.
"The Meddler"(Credit: Sony Pictures Classics / Jaimie Trueblood)
An overbearing mother follows her grown daughter (Rose Byrne) to Los Angeles. This indie comedy, inspired by the real-life mom of writer-director Lorene Scafaria, glows with love for its wonderful, maddening heroine, played to perfection by Susan Sarandon. The great J.K. Simmons rounds out the cast.
“Captain America: Civil War”(Credit: AP)
What started as an uncommonly artful and romantic comic-book franchise has become another slickly oiled gear in the Marvel machine. But it serves its function well with plenty of crunching action sequences, a host of superhero cameos (hi, Spidey!) and the right amount of humor.
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople”(Credit: The Orchard)
One of the best coming-of-age films in recent years arrives from New Zealand with a quirky sense of humor and a clear-eyed view of human nature. It's the story of a chubby foster kid (Julian Dennison) and his new guardian (an Oscar-caliber Sam Neill) who strike out on their own in the bush. Recommended for tweeners who have already exhausted all the obvious rental choices.
"Café Society"(Credit: Lionsgate / Sabrina Lantos)
How do you feel about Woody Allen? His latest movie is like the recent presidential debate: It ain't gonna change your mind. Fans will find this period romance fairly sweet and touching. Others will balk at Jesse Eisenberg "doing" Woody and trying to woo Kristen Stewart.
"Now You See Me 2"(Credit: AP)
If you thought the magic-themed heist flick from 2013 about four magicians who become modern-day Robin Hoods came off as implausible and contrived, then you ain't seen nothing yet. Most of the original cast returns for this preposterous sequel, including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Woody Harrelson, who plays two roles.
"Hello, My Name Is Doris"(Credit: Aaron Epstein)
An eccentric older woman falls for a co-worker nearly half her age. Sally Field, in the starring role, elevates this movie from cute comedy-drama to absolute must-see. (Rated R)
"The Shallows"(Credit: TNS / Columbia Pictures / Vince Valitutti)
A surfer on a rock, a clever shark -- that's the movie! It didn't hold the attention of all critics, but this survival thriller is currently in the top 10 most popular VOD titles. With Blake Lively.
"The Nice Guys"(Credit: Warner Bros. / Daniel McFadden)
A buddy crime comedy set in the 1970s. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, as a muscular thug and a quavering private eye, don't quite make magic together, but in the end the whole thing is passable. Directed by Shane Black ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang").
"The Infiltrator"(Credit: Broad Green Pictures / Liam Daniel)
The true story of U.S. Customs agent Bob Mazur (Bryan Cranston), who went after drug kingpin Pablo Escobar by targeting his favorite international bank. It's a rock-solid crime drama anchored by an excellent Cranston and supporting actors Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt and John Leguizamo.
"Me Before You"(Credit: AP)
A young English woman (Emilia Clarke) falls for a wealthy man in a wheelchair (Sam Claflin). The two leads are natural-born charmers, but the script makes a terrible error by devaluing life with a disability.
“Free State of Jones”(Credit: AP)
Matthew McConaughey plays Newt Knight, a real-life Southerner who left the Confederacy and started his own country during the Civil War. It's a fascinating story, though writer-director Gary Ross takes way to long too tell it. (The film lasts 139 minutes.) Gugu Mbatha-Raw does a fine job in the tricky role of Rachel, a slave who becomes Knight's common-law wife.
"Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping"(Credit: AP / Glen Wilson)
In this Lonely Island mockumentary, Andy Samberg plays Conner4Real, a dim-bulb pop singer mounting a comeback. It's basically Samberg's "SNL" shorts in a "This Is Spinal Tap" format. A few laughs, but not exactly inspired.
"Finding Dory"(Credit: Disney / Pixar)
Ellen DeGeneres returns as the voice of Dory, the forgetful sidekick in "Finding Nemo," now on a quest to find her lost parents. Not quite an A-plus Pixar effort, but it strikes all the right notes of action, fun and drama. With Albert Brooks and Ed O'Neill.
"Sausage Party"(Credit: AP)
An R-rated Pixar spoof starring Seth Rogen as the voice of Frank, a supermarket hot dog, and Kristen Wiig as Brenda, a bun. It's ridiculous, juvenile and hilarious. With Bill Hader, Jonah Hill and Edward Norton.
"Indignation"(Credit: Alison Cohen Rosa)
One of the better adaptations of a Philip Roth novel stars Logan Lerman as a studious college kid thrown for a loop by a sexually advanced classmate (Sarah Gadon). Compelling, unpredictable and unnerving.
“Central Intelligence”(Credit: AP)
A surprisingly good buddy comedy featuring two actors in fine form. Dwayne Johnson shines in the role of Bob Stone, a CIA superspy who still feels like a chubby adolescent inside, while Kevin Hart plays Calvin Joyner, a former high-school superstar reduced to suburban anonymity.
"The Legend of Tarzan"(Credit: Jonathan Olley)
Alexander Skarsgård plays the Lord of the Apes, running shirtless through the jungle to rescue his Jane (Margot Robbie). This ridiculous movie offers a chuckle or two, but not enough to merit camp status. Christoph Waltz is memorable as a Belgian villain who twirls a lethal rosary.
"Independence Day: Resurgence"(Credit: AP)
The sequel to the 1996 blockbuster is listed as an "action comedy," but are the funny parts intentional? This is pretty weak even by junk-popcorn standards. Directed by Roland Emmerich.
"The Purge: Election Year"(Credit: TNS / Universal Pictures)
Movie No. 3 in James DeMonaco's series of low-budget social allegories follows a presidential candidate (Elizabeth Mitchell) and her bodyguard (Frank Grillo) as they try to survive a night of government-sanctioned murder. Cruddy, yet satisfying.
"Absolutley Fabulous: The Movie"(Credit: AP)
Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley finally adapt their saucy BBC sitcom for the big screen. Their louche charm and withering delivery haven't faded a bit.
"Bad Moms"(Credit: AP)
Yes, it's the "The Hangover" for moms, from the same writers. Here's the surprise: It's funny and rather sweet. With Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and a show-stealing Kathryn Hahn.
"X-MEN: APOCALYPSE"(Credit: 20th Century Fox)
The ninth installment in the usually beloved "X-Men" franchise met with utter disdain from critics and fans. Is that because Jennifer Lawrence gets too little screen time? Or because Oscar Isaac is barely discernible under all that CGI? At any rate, it's a serviceable superhero flick, with plenty of noise and action.
“Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates”(Credit: AP)
With a title like that, how funny could this movie possibly be? Actually, very. The magic comes from the cast: Adam Devine and Zac Efron as two hard-paryting brothers, plus Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza as the "nice" girls who turn out to be even wilder. With a bonus gag reel.
"Don’t Think Twice"(Credit: Jon Pack)
Mike Birbiglia's comedy-drama about a struggling improv troupe has been one of this year's biggest indie hits.
"Pete’s Dragon"(Credit: Disney)
Disney's fantasy-adventure about a boy and his invisible dragon is a far cry from the whimsical 1977 movie. This is the dramatic version, with gorgeous cinematography and several intense emotional beats. Prepare for tears. With Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford.
"Star Trek Beyond"(Credit: AP)
Here's a refreshingly upbeat "Star Trek" installment, in which the crew investigates a ghost ship on a distant planet. No complicated back story, no dark psychodrama, just quips and action. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.