"Inside Out," Disney-Pixar's whimsical adventure with the voices of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader and more, is surely one of the year's best films, and, luckily, now available On Demand.

Best new movies available On Demand

"Trainwreck," "Inside Out" 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.

'Ricki and the Flash'

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Jonathan Demme's comedy-drama about a washed-up rocker (Meryl Streep) who re-connects with her daughter (Streep's real-life daughter, Mamie Gummer) never manages to deliver on its promise. Worth watching if you're a fan of Rick Springfield, who shines in a small but crucial role. (Rated PG-13, premieres Nov. 24)

'The Man from U.N.C.L.E'

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Why was Guy Ritchie's stylish spy comedy such a box-office dud? Perhaps because audiences expected "Mission: Impossible" but instead got an homage to the espionage flicks of the mid-1960s. As such, it's a cheeky treat, with elaborate action sequences and eye-popping production. With Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander. (Rated PG-13, premieres Nov. 17)


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Amy Schumer's big-screen vehicle (directed by Judd Apatow) flips gender roles by casting her as the hard-partying bed-hopper and Bill Hader as the angelic love interest. Otherwise, it's a traditional rom-com: mostly funny, sloppily constructed and rather corny. Also available in an unrated version. (Rated R, premieres Nov. 10)




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A dying millionaire (Ben Kingsley) has his consciousness implanted into a healthy young body (Ryan Reynolds), only to find that the process isn't perfect. A modest thriller directed with a hint of style by Tarsem Singh ("The Cell"). (Rated PG-13, premieres Nov. 10)

'Inside Out'

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Disney-Pixar's latest takes place largely in the head of Riley, a troubled girl whose emotions -- including Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) -- are trying to keep her from making a rash decision. It's a whimsical adventure, but also a deep dive into the complexities of the mind and the heart. Surely the best film of the year. (Rated PG)

'The End of the Tour'

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Jason Segel plays the late novelist David Foster Wallace, while Jesse Eisenberg plays a reporter who interviewed him over several days in 1996. Required viewing for Wallace fans, and for anyone who's been yearning for another "My Dinner With Andre." (Rated R)


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When aliens invade Earth disguised as vintage video games (Pac-Man, Donkey Kong), humanity's best hope is a middle-aged arcade jockey (Adam Sandler). Though utterly trashed by critics, "Pixels" is a perfectly fine way to kill an evening, especially with some popcorn. (Rated PG-13, available Oct. 27)

'Jurassic World'

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The fourth movie in the "Jurassic Park" series is almost identical to the first, from the general plot (dinosaurs chase patrons) to specific scenes (two children trapped in a vehicle). Maybe that's why it works pretty well. With Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. (Rated PG-13, available Oct. 20)




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The hero of this high-school comedy is a brainy punk rocker who gets sidetracked on his way to a Harvard interview. He's also black, which allows writer-director Rick Famuyiwa to tease his viewers about race, culture, class and other labels. Fresh, funny and highly original. With music produced by Pharrell Williams. (Rated R, available Oct. 13)

'When Marnie Was There'

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Studio Ghibli's new film may be its last -- and if so, what a swan song. The story of a young girl who befriends the ghost of another, "Marnie" is a gorgeously animated and emotionally wrenching film, almost like an animé by Emily Brontë. Voices by Hailee Steinfeld and John C. Reilly. (Rated PG)

'Magic Mike XXL'

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Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello return as the sweaty strippers of 2012's "Magic Mike," though director Steven Soderbergh is sorely missed. For some viewers, the few inventive dance sequences may compensate for the absent story and snoozy dialogue. (Rated R)

'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

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The second "Avengers" film, about battling forms of artificial intelligence, has plenty of action but many narrative lulls and detours. James Spader, as the villain, has fun trading barbs with Robert Downey Jr. (Rated PG-13)

'Mad Max: Fury Road'

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The small screen isn't ideal for George Miller's hyperreal, ultraviolent action flick, but the humor, thrills and overall bizarre-itude should hold up. Tom Hardy plays the title role, although Charlize Theron, as Imperator Furiosa, is the real star. (Rated R)



'Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine'

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Documentarian Alex Gibney isn't anyone's fanboy, as subjects like Lance Armstrong and the Catholic Church could tell you. Variety called this film "a coolly absorbing, deeply unflattering portrait" of the Apple founder. (Rated R)

'Love & Mercy'

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This music biopic about Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson has creative casting: Paul Dano and John Cusack play the younger and older Wilson, respectively. It's uneven, and Cusack doesn't quite convince, but there's rich detail about the making of the band's 1966 masterpiece, "Pet Sounds." (Rated PG-13)


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Disney's live-action remake comes surprisingly close to rivaling the animated original. It's the romantic tweener version, with a lovely Lily James in the lead, Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and a golden Hollywood glow from director Kenneth Branagh. (Rated PG)

'Furious 7,' Extended Edition

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More wild stunts with Vin Diesel and his too-cool crew, but be prepared -- you might get a little misty when they bid farewell to their late co-star, Paul Walker. This franchise never disappoints and frequently surprises. (PG-13)

'Pitch Perfect 2'

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About an octave down from the original. Still, Rebel Wilson makes the most of her augmented screen time (Anna Kendrick seems like the sidekick now) and some of the a cappella cameos are brilliant. Co-star Elizabeth Banks directs. (Rated PG-13)




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Whatever macho charm the HBO series once had, it has curdled into garden-variety misogyny in the movie version. Only die-hard fans will enjoy seeing Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier and the other regulars rehash their shtick. (Rated R)


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Melissa McCarthy's action comedy delivers on both counts. The fine supporting cast (Jude Law, Rose Byrne) is led by a show-stealing Jason Statham as a bullheaded bumbler. Lots of fun. (Rated R)

'McFarland, USA'

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It got no traction at the box office, but this "McFarland, USA" features a very good Kevin Costner as real-life track coach Jim White and an appealing cast of young Latino actors as his team. A little corny, but it works. (Rated PG)

'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water'

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Like Pee-wee Herman, the manic SpongeBob is an acquired taste -- and this movie could be called a feast. In "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," Antonio Banderas goes whole hog as the pirate Burger-Beard. (Rated PG)

'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem'

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"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem," an Israeli film about a woman trying to obtain a divorce in a sexist legal system may sound snoozy, but it's a gripping film -- part courtroom drama, part Kafkaesque comic nightmare. Think Chantal Akerman meets the Coen Brothers.



'The DUFF'

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Mae Whitman and Robbie Amell star in this charming teen flick about a girl who discovers that she is the DUFF -- Designated Ugly Fat Friend -- to her more popular pals. "The DUFF" is smart, sweet, sassy and a clear homage to the John Hughes classics of yore. (Rated PG-13)

'The Lazarus Effect'

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Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde play researchers who invent a back-to-life serum. All in all, "The Lazarus Effect" is a goofy little horror-chiller that works well enough for 83 minutes. (Rated PG-13)

'Run All Night'

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In "Run All Night," Liam Neeson and Ed Harris play snarling old gangsters who turn against each other. "Heat" this ain't, but the two great stars gin up some fine macho nonsense. Some decent fight scenes, too. (Rated R)

'While We're Young'

Noah Baumbach's comedy
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Noah Baumbach's comedy "While We're Young" about an aging hipster (Ben Stiller) who gets charmed by a younger one (Adam Driver) is a little light on emotion, but its cultural observations are spot-on. How did the millennials get so artsy-craftsy, anyway? (Rated R)

'Get Hard'

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in "Get Hard," Will Ferrell is a white-collar criminal and Kevin Hart is the guy who'll teach him how to survive in the pen. Racially offensive? Yes. Funny? Just enough to get by. (Rated R)




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An electrifying David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the voting rights marches in Alabama in 1965. Well-researched and hugely informative, "Selma" could become one of the definitive films about the civil rights movement. (Rated PG-13)

'Welcome to Me'

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In "Welcome to Me," Kristen Wiig plays a mentally unstable woman who uses her lottery winnings to launch a bizarre, self-obsessed television show. Highly offbeat and often funny, even if the payoff never quite arrives. The great cast includes James Marsden, Wes Bentley, Joan Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Linda Cardellini. (Rated R)

'Still Alice'

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Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her performance as a college professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in "Still Alice." Not an upbeat movie, but the script -- by married directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland -- strikes a note of triumph. Westmoreland, who grew up partly in Westbury, died of ALS earlier this year. (Rated PG-13)

'American Sniper'

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Clint Eastwood's harrowing biopic of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (a gutsy Bradley Cooper) doesn't wring its hands over the Iraq War and makes no apologies for its gung-ho hero. Despite a little halo-hanging, "American Sniper" is a mostly clear-eyed look at the physical and emotional cost of war. (Rated R)

'Seventh Son'

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B-grade fantasy-action film, elevated slightly by Jeff Bridges as a traveling demon-hunter and Julianne Moore as a wicked queen. No great shakes, but "Seventh Son" is smarter and more compelling than you might expect. (Rated PG-13)



'The Wedding Ringer'

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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. (Rated R)


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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. (Rated PG)

'The Boy Next Door'

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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. (Rated R)

'Big Eyes'

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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. (Rated PG-13)

'A Most Violent Year'

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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. (Rated R)




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Television seems like the wrong place for Christopher Nolan's ambitious space epic, but that's modernity for you. Oscar-nominated for Hans Zimmer's score. "Interstellar" stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. (Rated PG-13)

'The Imitation Game'

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Graham Moore won the adapted screenplay Oscar for this film about Alan Turing, a World War II codebreaker later prosecuted for homosexuality. "The Imitation Game" stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, both nominees. (Rated PG-13)


Angelina Jolie's solid biopic tells the remarkable tale
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Angelina Jolie's solid biopic tells the remarkable tale of World War II survivor Louis Zamperini. "Unbroken" stars Jack O'Connell and a riveting Japanese newcomer named Miyavi. (Rated PG-13)

'Into the Woods'

Meryl Streep earned a supporting-actress Oscar nod as
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Meryl Streep earned a supporting-actress Oscar nod as The Witch in this musical fairy tale. Themes of death and infidelity may unsettle younger children. "Into the Woods" stars Emily Blunt and James Corden. (Rated PG)

'Two Days, One Night'

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“Two Days, One Night”: Marion Cotillard’s second Oscar nod came for playing a Belgian factory worker struggling to keep her job. Written and directed by the Dardenne brothers, torchbearers of the old European art-house sensibility. (Rated PG-13)



'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies'

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The finale to Peter Jackson's trilogy is a little dopey at times, but ultimately satisfies. "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Ian McKellan. (Rated PG-13)

'Top Five'

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Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson make a terrific couple in this smart, dialogue-driven comedy set in a vibrant New York City. Be warned: The humor in "Top Five" also gets really gross. (Rated R)

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1'

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Smart political allegory, or place-holding "middle film"? You decide! "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" stars Jennifer Lawrence and newly minted Oscar winner Julianne Moore (for "Still Alice"). (Rated PG-13)


Bennett Miller's moody drama is slow going but
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Bennett Miller's moody drama is slow going but worth seeing for Steve Carell's Oscar-nominated turn as an insane millionaire. Also starring supporting-actor nominee Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum. (Rated R)


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This terrific indie film, about a young jazz drummer and his abusive teacher, has become an Oscar darling. It's up for best picture and adapted screenplay, and J.K. Simmons is sure to win for supporting actor. If you watch only one VOD movie this month, this should be it. (Rated R)



'Kill the Messenger'

From Dix Hills director Michael Cuesta comes the
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From Dix Hills director Michael Cuesta comes the story of Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), the intrepid but deeply flawed journalist who connected the CIA to crack cocaine and paid dearly for it. Gripping and smart, if a little one-sided, and Renner's best work since "The Hurt Locker." (Rated R)

'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'

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The classic book about a beleaguered child gets stretched into a Disney feature film. It's short and sweet, if nothing else. Steve Carell, as a dad with his own troubles, will strike a chord with grown viewers. (Rated PG)

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