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.
"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.
"Queen of Katwe"(Credit: Disney / Edward Echwalu)
The true story of a poor Ugandan girl (a buoyant Madina Nalwanga) who dreams of becoming a chess champion. It's a solid drama, not too heavy, not too light, with an impressive young heroine. With David Oyelowo.
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.
"Inferno"(Credit: Jonathan Prime)
Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard re-team for another sequel to "The DaVinci Code," this one about a doomsday plot involving Dante and a super-virus. It's not awful, but you'd be better off doing a good crossword.
"Manchester By the Sea"(Credit: AP)
Casey Affleck just got an Oscar nod for his role as a solitary Boston-area handyman grappling with a dark past in this slow-burning but very powerful drama. Lucas Hedges, as a suddenly fatherless teen, is also up for an Oscar.
"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.
"Loving"(Credit: Focus Features)
Joel Edgerton and newly minted Oscar nominee Ruth Negga play an interracial couple fighting Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws during the 1960s. Short on eloquent speeches, long on emotional power.
"American Pastoral"(Credit: Richard Foreman Jr.)
Ewan McGregor directs and stars in a drama about a 1960s family whose daughter (Elle Fanning) becomes a violent terrorist. Solid, but fails to capture the tangled complexity of Philip Roth's great novel.
"Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk"(Credit: TriStar Pictures / Mary Cybulski)
Director Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain") tackles the story of a young soldier who returns from Iraq to an America that seems to regard him as both romantic hero and working-class fool. An ambitious, if not entirely successful, adaptation of the semisatirical novel. With Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund.
"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 Edge of Seventeen"(Credit: AP/Murray Close)
Hailee Steinfeld plays a sourpuss teen who is very close to becoming a malfunctioning adult in this sharp, insightful and very funny movie from writer and first-time director Kelly Fremon Craig. Woody Harrelson is excellent as the long-suffering history teacher Mr. Bruner.
"Bleed for This"(Credit: Open Road Films / Seacia Pavao)
Miles Telly plays real-life boxer Vinny Pazienza, who survived a near-fatal car crash to step back into the ring. The star performance here, though, comes from Aaron Eckhart as his balding, washed-up trainer, Kevin Rooney.
"Almost Christmas"(Credit: Universal Pictures / Quantrell D. Colbe)
Danny Glover, Mo'Nique, J.B. Smoove and others play members of a dysfunctional family gathering for a fraught holiday celebration. This seasonal comedy never rises above its formula, but the cast has its moments.
"Hacksaw Ridge"(Credit: AP)
Mel Gibson earned an Oscar nod for directing this World War II drama about a pacifist soldier (Andrew Garfield) who becomes an unexpected hero. Say what you want about Gibson, but the guy knows how to make a movie. The battle scenes are extraordinary.
"Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"(Credit: AP)
A pleasant throwback to the formulaic action-thrillers of the 1990s, with Tom Cruise as the smartest, toughest guy in any room. Good popcorn fun.
"Nocturnal Animals"(Credit: AP)
Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Shannon (who just earned an Oscar nod for his role), star in a crime-thriller about a man whose wife and daughter are kidnapped by Texas sleazeballs. Muddled but compelling. Directed by Tom Ford ("A Single Man").
"Arrival"(Credit: Paramount Pictures)
A science-fiction movie for grown-ups, starring Amy Adams as a translator hired to make contact with an alien species. Spooky, moody and tingly, thanks to director Denis Villeneuve ("Sicario").
"The Light Between Oceans"(Credit: DreamWorks Pictures / Davi Russo)
A childless husband and wife living on a lighthouse island discover that an infant has drifted to their shore. It's high-caliber melodrama with fine performances by Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, and gorgeous direction by Derek Cianfrance. Prepare for tears.
"Bad Santa 2"(Credit: Jan Thijs)
Billy Bob Thornton returns in the title role of reprobate mall-Santa Willie Soke, with Tony Cox as his elfin helpmate. Not as good as the original by a long shot, but the quick-witted cast (including Kathy Bates as Willie's criminal mom) has moments of near-brilliance.
"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.