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Chloë Grace Moretz leads a human army against (Credit: Sony Pictures / Chuck Zlotnick)

Chloë Grace Moretz leads a human army against an alien invasion. Entertaining, but this feels like a late-arriving entry into the fading young-adult dystopia market. (Rated PG-13)

Best new movies available On Demand

"Straight Outta Compton," "The Martian" 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 Martian"

Ridley Scott's space adventure about a lone astronaut
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Ridley Scott's space adventure about a lone astronaut on Mars has virtually no plot, but Matt Damon is a likable hero and his various science experiments are ingenious. Also starring Jeff Daniels and Jessica Chastain. (Rated PG-13)

"The Last Witch Hunter"

Vin Diesel plays an ancient, immortal crusader battling
(Credit: Lionsgate / Scott Garfield)

Vin Diesel plays an ancient, immortal crusader battling modern-day evil. Call this one a guilty pleasure, with more humor and verve than the usual supernatural-action garbage. With Elijah Wood and Michael Caine. (Rated PG-13)

"Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse"

This movie was one of the Paramount experiments,
(Credit: Jaimie Trueblood)

This movie was one of the Paramount experiments, a teen-oriented horror-comedy about three scouts and a cocktail waitress (Sarah Dumont) who battle zombies. The combination of nudity, gore and dopey humor feels a little lazy, but may entertain some viewers. (Rated R)

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"Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials"

Dylan O'Brien may not be the most compelling
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Dylan O'Brien may not be the most compelling star in teen-dystopia history, but he's once again kept on his toes by director Wes Ball, who is very good at staging white-knuckle action sequences. Lots of rough fun, though probably too strong for younger viewers. (Rated PG-13)

"Freeheld"

When a New Jersey policewoman is diagnosed with

When a New Jersey policewoman is diagnosed with a terminal illness, she must fight to leave her pension to her female domestic partner. This real-life drama lacks a sense of urgency but serves as a reminder of what life was like for gay couples just a few years ago. With Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.(Rated PG-13)

"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"

It's actually not as dumb as you'd think.
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It's actually not as dumb as you'd think. The feminist twists are fun, and Jane Austen's elegant voice can still be heard above the screams. With Lily James and Sam Riley.

"Nina"

A biopic of the troubled jazz icon Nina
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A biopic of the troubled jazz icon Nina Simone, played by Zoe Saldana, a light-skinned actress whose casting has displeased Simone's estate. The already-controversial film arrives on VOD the same day as its theatrical release.

"Pitch Perfect 2"

About an octave down from the original. Still,
(Credit: AP / Richard Cartwright)

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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"Diary of a Teenage Girl"

An unconventional and explicit coming-of-age drama set in
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An unconventional and explicit coming-of-age drama set in the wild-and-woolly San Francisco of the 1970s. The excellent cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Kristen Wiig and newcomer Bel Powley.

"Spotlight"

Brie Larson seems sure to win an Oscar
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Brie Larson seems sure to win an Oscar for her role as a woman held prisoner with her young son (Jacob Tremblay). Emotionally intense, perhaps especially for parents. Emma Donoghue wrote the unorthodox screenplay from her novel. It's also nominated for best picture and best director (Lenny Abrahamson). (Rated R)

"Concussion"

The true story of the Pittsburgh doctor (Will
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The true story of the Pittsburgh doctor (Will Smith) who connected professional football to brain damage. Predictable, but hits impressively hard at America's favorite sport. (Rated PG-13)

"Straight Outta Compton"

F. Gary Gray's biopic about the rap group
(Credit: Universal Pictures / Jaimie Trueblood)

F. Gary Gray's biopic about the rap group N.W.A. isn't the most critical take -- its subjects are also producers -- but it's a gripping story that shows why hip-hop remains such a crucial component of American culture. Starring O'Shea Jackson Jr. as his father, Ice Cube. (Rated R)

"Crimson Peak"

A wealthy American (Mia Wasikowska) is seduced by
(Credit: AP / Kerry Hayes)

A wealthy American (Mia Wasikowska) is seduced by a creepy Brit (Tom Hiddleston) in Guillermo del Toro's gorgeous, Gothic ghost story. Tragically underrated last year, this is a perfect choice for fans of high-quality horror. With Jessica Chastain. (Rated R)

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"The Green Inferno"

Eli Roth's modern twist on the cannibal genre,
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Eli Roth's modern twist on the cannibal genre, in which the victims are liberal tree-huggers, was panned as racist and exploitative. That seems a humorless approach to what is essentially one big sick joke, and a frequently funny one at that. Hipster songstress Sky Ferreira has an amusingly snarky role. (Rated R)

"Brooklyn"

This lovely period drama focuses on a never-better
(Credit: Fox Searchlight/ Kerry Brown)

This lovely period drama focuses on a never-better Saoirse Ronan as an Irish immigrant to America after World War II. Excellent performances from Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson as rival suitors. (PG-13)

"The Big Short"

Director and co-writer Adam McKay (
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Director and co-writer Adam McKay ("Anchorman") won best adapted screenplay for this uneven but illuminating comedy-drama about the financial meltdown. With Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. (Rated R)

"Stonewall"

This is the rare film about gay rights,
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This is the rare film about gay rights, made by a gay filmmaker (Roland Emmerich), to be boycotted by the LGBT community. Its alleged offenses have a complicated history, but overall it's a well-intentioned, very corny and mostly engaging story set in the West Village in 1969. Starring Jeremy Irvine and Jonny Beauchamp. (Rated R)

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2"

The ending of this dystopian franchise felt more

The ending of this dystopian franchise felt more like a whimper than a bang, but Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen remains an impressively steely heroine throughout. (PG-13)

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"Spectre"

The latest adventure of James Bond (Daniel Craig)
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The latest adventure of James Bond (Daniel Craig) begins with a bang -- the opening sequence will pin you to the wall -- but ends in desperate confusion, making this a highly disappointing experience. With Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz. (Rated PG-13)

"The Danish Girl"

Alicia Vikander won best supporting actress as the
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Alicia Vikander won best supporting actress as the wife of a pioneering transgender artist (Eddie Redmayne). Well-acted and well-intentioned, if a little reductive. Directed by Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech"). (Rated R)

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

The new young cast is great, especially Daisy
(Credit: Walt Disney Pictures / David James)

The new young cast is great, especially Daisy Ridley as the loner Rey and Adam Driver as the vulnerable Kylo Ren, but let's face it: Harrison Ford is still the star. (Rated PG-13)

"Son of Saul"

Hungary's foreign-language Oscar-winner, only the country's second ever,
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Hungary's foreign-language Oscar-winner, only the country's second ever, follows an Auschwitz prisoner (Géza Röhrig) as he tries to bury the body of a murdered boy. Masterful directing from first-timer László Nemes; few Holocaust films have been as intense as this one. With English subtitles. (Rated R)

"In the Heart of the Sea"

Ron Howard's historical drama about a whaling ship

Ron Howard's historical drama about a whaling ship that inspired "Moby-Dick" is formulaic, macho and thoroughly satisfying. With Chris Hemsworth. (Rated PG-13)

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"Pixels"

When aliens invade Earth disguised as vintage video
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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)

"99 Homes"

In post-recession Florida, a desperate homeowner (Andrew Garfield)
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In post-recession Florida, a desperate homeowner (Andrew Garfield) goes to work for the ruthless broker (Michael Shannon) who evicted him. A fine dramatic thriller with very good acting and plenty to say about the hollow-bottomed American dream. (Rated R)

"Mustang"

In a small Turkish town, five young sisters
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In a small Turkish town, five young sisters confront their limited futures with varying degrees of resignation, optimism and rebellion. Gripping and gorgeously filmed. In Turkish with English subtitles. (Rated PG-13)

"The 5th Wave"

Chloë Grace Moretz leads a human army against
(Credit: Sony Pictures / Chuck Zlotnick)

Chloë Grace Moretz leads a human army against an alien invasion. Entertaining, but this feels like a late-arriving entry into the fading young-adult dystopia market. (Rated PG-13)

"Jane Got A Gun"

The idea of a feminist Western sounds good,
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The idea of a feminist Western sounds good, and Natalie Portman is intriguingly counter-cast as a homesteader defending her turf. She and her fine co-stars, however -- notably Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor and Noah Emmerich names -- get bogged down in the murky storyline and slow pacing. (Rated R)

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"Creed"

Sylvester Stallone plays Rocky Balboa for the seventh
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Sylvester Stallone plays Rocky Balboa for the seventh time, now training a young newcomer (Michael B. Jordan). Stunning fight scenes by director Ryan Coogler make up for a so-so story. (Rated PG-13)

"The Forest"

After an American girl disappears in Japan's notorious
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After an American girl disappears in Japan's notorious "suicide forest," her sister flies there to find her. Cool premise inspired by a real location, but that's about the best idea in this low-wattage horror film. Natalie Dormer, of "Game of Thrones," plays both women. (Rated PG-13)

"The Revenant"

The story of Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), the
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The story of Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), the American frontiersman who survived a grizzly mauling. Squeeze this epic onto the small screen if you must, but you risk missing the full sensory experience of Alejandro Iñárritu's Oscar-winning film. (Rated R)

"Bridge of Spies"

When director Steven Spielberg, leading man Tom Hanks
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When director Steven Spielberg, leading man Tom Hanks and writers Joel and Ethan Coen get together, a best picture nomination is sure to follow. This Cold War drama, based on a real-life prisoner negotiation in 1960, is well-crafted, high-gloss entertainment. Mark Rylance is nominated for best supporting actor for his role as Soviet spy Rudolf Abel. (Rated PG-13)

"The Finest Hours"

A hugely corny but perfectly acceptable action-drama about
(Credit: Disney/Claire Folger)

A hugely corny but perfectly acceptable action-drama about an oil tanker in peril. Strong work from Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. Based on true events. (Rated PG-13)

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"Daddy's Home"

A doting stepdad (Will Ferrell) feels threatened by
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A doting stepdad (Will Ferrell) feels threatened by his kids' much cooler biological father (Mark Wahlberg). Very funny and surprisingly touching. Suggestive humor makes it best for young teens and up. (Rated PG-13)

"Where to Invade Next"

Michael Moore's latest has a glib title but
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Michael Moore's latest has a glib title but asks a serious question: How have other countries solved some of our most persistent problems, from health care to education? Worth watching in this election year. (Rated R)

"Anomalisa"

A troubled author on a book tour falls
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A troubled author on a book tour falls for a naive fan in this R-rated, stop-motion animated film from Charlie Kaufman. Bizarre and utterly fascinating. With the voices of David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan. (Rated R)

"Carol"

Todd Haynes' Oscar-nominated romance stars Cate Blanchett and
(Credit: The Weinstein Company / Wilson Webb)

Todd Haynes' Oscar-nominated romance stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as women who fall in love in the early 1950s. Lush, compelling and a tad steamy. (Rated R)

"Norm of the North"

An awful animated kiddie-flick, starring Rob Schneider as
(Credit: Lionsgate)

An awful animated kiddie-flick, starring Rob Schneider as the voice of a polar bear who must travel to Manhattan to save the Arctic. The story is weird, the jokes flat, the visuals unappealing. A good choice for punishments and timeouts. (Rated PG)

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"Krampus"

When a young boy turns his back on
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When a young boy turns his back on Christmas, he unleashes the evil spirit of the anti-Claus. A promising concept, squandered by weak jokes and a non-plot. With Adam Scott, Toni Collette and David Koechner, who all deserve better. (Rated PG-13)

"Zoolander No. 2"

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as dim-bulb
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Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as dim-bulb male models. No great shakes, but not a stain on the original comedy's legacy, either. Will Ferrell is once again priceless as the clown-haired fashionista Mugatu. (Rated PG-13)

"Joy"

David O. Russell's kinda-sorta biopic of Long Island
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David O. Russell's kinda-sorta biopic of Long Island entrepreneur Joy Mangano has a wild energy that works about half the time -- and that's good enough when you've got Jennifer Lawrence to watch. (Rated PG-13)

"Deadpool"

Ryan Reynolds plays a mutant with a mean
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Ryan Reynolds plays a mutant with a mean streak. Audiences loved this raunchy, R-rated, anti-superhero film from Marvel. It's become a $761 million hit. (Rated R)

"The Hateful Eight"

Quentin Tarantino's epic Western (with Kurt Russell, Samuel
(Credit: The Weinstein Company)

Quentin Tarantino's epic Western (with Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson and others) is part yak-fest, part splatter-fest and only marginally entertaining. Spaghetti Western maestro Ennio Morricone won his very first Oscar for the score. (Rated R)

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