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 Conjuring 2"(Credit: New Line Cinema / Matt Kennedy)
The third movie, actually, in the horror series about paranormal sleuths Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). It's the same old stuff, but the cast is strong and the punk-era London setting is cool.
"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.
"Bridget Jones’s Baby"(Credit: Universal Pictures/Giles Keyte)
Renée Zellweger is back as the adorably saucy Brit, this time pregnant by either Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) or billionaire Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey). It's far better than you'd expect, thanks to the sparkling cast and the light touch of returning director Sharon Maguire.
“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.
"American Honey"(Credit: A24 Films)
A documentary-style portrait of America's teenage wasteland, starring a rather interesting Shia LaBeouf. The 163-minute running time, however, will test most viewers' patience.
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.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.