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"American Sniper," Clint Eastwood's harrowing biopic of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (a gutsy Bradley Cooper), is one of critic Rafer Guzman's top picks for movies available now On Demand.

Best new movies available On Demand

"American Sniper," "Still Alice" and more: See our 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.

'Selma'

An electrifying David Oyelowo plays Dr. Martin Luther
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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.

'Welcome to Me'

In "Welcome to Me," Kristen Wiig plays a
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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.

'Still Alice'

Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her performance
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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.

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'American Sniper'

Clint Eastwood's harrowing biopic of Navy SEAL Chris
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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.

'Seventh Son'

B-grade fantasy-action film, elevated slightly by Jeff Bridges
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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.

'The Wedding Ringer'

Kevin Hart plays Jimmy, a professional best man
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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, available April 28)

'Paddington'

The film version of the classic children's book
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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, available April 28)

'The Boy Next Door'

With her marriage on the rocks, pretty high-school
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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, available April 28)

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'Big Eyes'

Tim Burton's delightfully odd biopic was unjustly overlooked
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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, available April 14)

'A Most Violent Year'

Trying to stay honest as a New York
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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, available March 31)

'Interstellar'

Television seems like the wrong place for Christopher
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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, available March 31)

'The Imitation Game'

Graham Moore won the adapted screenplay Oscar for
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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, available March 31)

'Unbroken'

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, available March 24)

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'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, available March 24)

'Two Days, One Night'

Two Days, One Night: Marion Cotillards second Oscar
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Two Days, One Night: Marion Cotillards 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, available March 24).

'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies'

The finale to Peter Jackson's trilogy is a
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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, available March 24)

'Top Five'

Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson make a terrific
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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, available March 17)

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1'

Smart political allegory, or place-holding "middle film"? You
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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, available March 6)

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'Foxcatcher'

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, now available)

'Whiplash'

This terrific indie film, about a young jazz
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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, available Feb. 24)

'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, available Feb. 10)

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

The classic book about a beleaguered child gets
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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, available Feb. 10)

'Big Hero 6'

Disney's sci-fi adventure feels a bit scattered, but
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Disney's sci-fi adventure feels a bit scattered, but the endearing characters will get a pretty good grip on your heartstrings. The rare all-ages crowd pleaser. (Rated PG, available Feb. 24)

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'Beyond the Lights'

A hip-hop update of "The Bodyguard" with Gugu
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A hip-hop update of "The Bodyguard" with Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a suicidal pop star. Nate Parker sinks the film as a humorless hunk, but the music scenes crackle and the pro-female, pro-black messages come through clearly. (Rated PG-13, available Feb. 24)

'The Theory of Everything'

Eddie Redmayne is an Oscar shoo-in as the
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Eddie Redmayne is an Oscar shoo-in as the near-paralyzed but prolific scientist Stephen Hawking; Felicity Jones earned a nod as his wife. It's less a biopic than a love story, in which a youthful romance is put to the test. (Rated PG-13, available Feb. 17)

'Nightcrawler'

Dan Gilroy's bloody hilarious satire of television news
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Dan Gilroy's bloody hilarious satire of television news is an underdog Oscar nominee for original screenplay. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a crime videographer with no morals; Rene Russo is terrific as his best customer. (Rated R, available Feb. 10)

'The Babadook'

Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman star in the
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Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman star in the Australian horror film "The Babadook," directed by Jennifer Kent. (Now available)

'The Maze Runner'

Basically, "The Maze Runner" is "The Hunger Games"
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Basically, "The Maze Runner" is "The Hunger Games" for boys. Its selling points are an enormous maze (very cool-looking) and a fairly strong cast (though there's only one girl). Short on character development, but long on pizzazz. Some rough violence. (Rated PG-13, available Dec. 23)

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'Tusk'

'Tusk,' the latest from Kevin Smith, is a
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'Tusk,' the latest from Kevin Smith, is a comedy-horror film starring Justin Long as a podcaster who is kidnapped by a walrus-obsessed maniac. Weird and not at all successful, but notable for a broad comic turn by an unrecognizable Johnny Depp. (Rated R, available Dec. 16)

'This is Where I Leave You'

Shawn Levy's comedy "This is Where I Leave
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Shawn Levy's comedy "This is Where I Leave You,' about a dysfunctional family is fairly standard, except for one thing: a terrific cast. Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll play to their strengths as messed-up adults; Jane Fonda is their oversexed mother. Written by Jonathan Tropper from his bestselling novel. (Rated R, available Dec. 16)

'Magic In the Moonlight'

"Magic in the Moonlight," the latest from Woody
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"Magic in the Moonlight," the latest from Woody Allen, stars Emma Stone as a pretty spiritualist and Colin Firth as a resolute atheist. Let's see, what usually happens in an Allen movie when a 54-year-old man meets a woman half his age? It's a charming and funny film all the same. (Rated PG-13, available Dec. 16)

'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the
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"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the second film in the rebooted sci-fi series, received strong reviews for its CGI effects and the motion-capture performance of Andy Serkis. Newsday critic Rafer Guzman however, found it slow-moving and kind of dumb. (Rated PG-13, available Dec. 16)

'Guardians of the Galaxy'

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is a comedy about
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"Guardians of the Galaxy" is a comedy about a high-spirited superhero. It's "Pulp Fiction" meets "Star Wars" with Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana. (Rated PG-13, available Dec. 9)

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'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

Another generous helping of schmaltz from director Lasse
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Another generous helping of schmaltz from director Lasse Hallstrom ("Chocolat"), this time with Helen Mirren as a snooty French chef trying to make her peace with Indian cuisine. "The Hundred-Foot Journey" is overly sweet, but a gorgeous presentation. (Rated PG, now available)

'Let's Be Cops'

Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr., star in
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Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr., star in "Let's Be Cops," one of those we-got-carried-away comedies. Not hilarious, not terrible, with two very likable leads. Contains deleted scenes, which may or may not improve things. (Rated R, available Nov. 25.)

'How To Train Your Dragon 2'

"How To Train Your Dragon 2" is possibly
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"How To Train Your Dragon 2" is possibly a smidge better, and definitely more emotional, than the first film. Lovely animation and a great voice cast (Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett). Parents should be forewarned about a sorrowful death scene. (Rated PG, available Nov. 25.)

'Into the Storm'

After two "Sharknado" movies, it's tough not to
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After two "Sharknado" movies, it's tough not to burst out laughing at this preposterous, cornball disaster-flick. If you're feeling snarky, "Into the Storm" is camp heaven. With Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies. (Rated PG-13, available Nov. 18.)

'22 Jump Street'

In "22 Jump Street" Jonah Hill and Channing
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In "22 Jump Street" Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprise their over-age-student roles from 2012's hit comedy "21 Jump Street." The many jokes about how bad sequels are only proves the point, but the stars still have great chemistry. (Rated R, premieres Nov. 18.)

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'James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge'

James Cameron chronicles his self-financed dive to the
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James Cameron chronicles his self-financed dive to the deepest part of the world's ocean in "James Cameron's Deepsea Challenge." Fun stuff for movie fans, tech-heads and anyone interested in science. (Rated PG, available Nov. 11.)

'A Most Wanted Man'

Philip Seymour Hoffman leads a stellar cast (Rachel
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Philip Seymour Hoffman leads a stellar cast (Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright) in the latest John Le Carre thriller "A Most Wanted Man." Low energy, but the small screen might well serve this actor-driven film. (Rated R, available now.)

'Maleficent'

Disney's live-action film "Maleficent," about the animated queen
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Disney's live-action film "Maleficent," about the animated queen from 1959's "Sleeping Beauty," drew mixed reviews, but many praised Angelina Jolie in the complex title role. (Rated PG, available now.)

'Brick Mansions'

Paul Walker, the late star of the "Fast
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Paul Walker, the late star of the "Fast and Furious" franchise, plays an undercover cop in "Brick Mansions," set in a future Detroit that's been walled off from the world. This parkour-themed action flick is goofy, enjoyable junk. The rapper RZA steals the show as a dandy villain. (Rated PG-13, available now.)

'Ida'

A young Polish nun (Agata Trzebuchowska) is surprised
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A young Polish nun (Agata Trzebuchowska) is surprised to learn she is descended from Jewish parents killed during World War II in "Ida." This post-Holocaust drama is not what you might expect: It's utterly unsentimental, and the more powerful for it. Agata Kulesza, as Ida's rage-filled aunt, practically scorches the screen. In Polish with English subtitles. (Rated PG-13, available now.)

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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

A perfectly good addition to the Marvel universe,
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A perfectly good addition to the Marvel universe, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is full of rough action and snappy humor, though it's not nearly as artful as 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger." The fine cast includes Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and a delightfully cool Robert Redford. (Rated PG-13, available now.)

'Neighbors'

Seth Rogen and Zac Efron play a new
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Seth Rogen and Zac Efron play a new dad and a hard-partying frat boy, respectively, who end up living next to each other in "Neighbors." Great chemistry between the two, plus a surprisingly insightful script, lift this R-rated comedy above the average. With Rose Byrne. (Rated R, available Sept. 23)

'Chef'

Jon Favreau's modest comedy, "Chef," in which he
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Jon Favreau's modest comedy, "Chef," in which he plays a fancy-pants chef reduced to driving a food truck, is so charming and sweet you may not care about the total absence of plot. And what a cast: Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo and young Emjay Anthony are nothing short of terrific. It's all icing and no cake -- but who doesn't love icing? (Rated R, available Sept. 30)

'The One I Love'

A romantic comedy with Elisabeth Moss and Mark
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A romantic comedy with Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass, "The One I Love" packs a high-concept twist that critics are being careful not to spoil. Let's just say that reviews have been strong, and this is surely the first time Duplass has been called "spectacular" by Variety. (Rated R, available Aug. 1)

'Locke'

Tom Hardy ("Inception") plays a working-class bloke on
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Tom Hardy ("Inception") plays a working-class bloke on a fateful drive to London, and he's the only actor you'll see in the entire film. If you're not familiar with his singular genius, start with "Locke." (Rated R, available Aug. 12)

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'Fading Gigolo'

In a rare break from making his own
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In a rare break from making his own movies, Woody Allen plays a nebbish who pimps out his shy best friend (writer-director John Turturro). "Fading Gigolo" is terribly uneven but worth seeing for Allen, who hasn't been this funny, charming and likable in years. (Rated R, available Aug. 19)

'The Two Faces of January'

Based solely on the credits, "The Two Faces
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Based solely on the credits, "The Two Faces of January" could be a winner. Oscar Isaac ("Inside Llewyn Davis") plays a con man who becomes entangled with an attractive couple (Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen). It's adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith ("The Talented Mr. Ripley"). (Rated PG-13, available Aug. 28)

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