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.
"Me Before You"(Credit: AP)
A young English woman (Emilia Clarke) falls for a wealthy man in a wheelchair (Sam Claflin). The two leads are natural-born charmers, but the script makes a terrible error by devaluing life with a disability.
"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.
"The Jungle Book"(Credit: AP)
Disney's action-adventure remake of its 1967 animated classic uses a combination of live action (newcomer Neel Sethi plays Mowgli) and computer-generated creatures (Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray provide the voices of the panther Bagheera and the bear Baloo). Gripping and visually stunning; may be too intense for the very young.
"Creed"(Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / Barry Wetcher)
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"(Credit: Gramercy Pictures / James Dittiger)
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"(Credit: Kimberley French)
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"(Credit: Disney / Jaap Buitendijk)
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"(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)
"45 Years"(Credit: Agatha A. Nitecka)
On the eve of their 45th anniversary party, a wife and husband (Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay) get some distressing news. Andrew Haigh's film is an emotional drama, but it unfolds like a thriller, gripping you tighter with each scene. Better acting you may never see. (Rated R)
"Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"(Credit: AP / Jay Maidment)
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. (Rated PG-13)
"Daddy's Home"(Credit: Paramount and Granite Pictures)
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"(Credit: Dog Eat Dog Films)
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"(Credit: Paramount Pictures)
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"(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)
"Midnight Special"(Credit: AP / Ben Rothstein)
A father goes on the run to protect his son -- a boy with inexplicably destructive powers -- from a religious cult and the U.S. government. Writer-director Jeff Nichols mixes "Firestarter" with "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" to come up with a decent sci-fi thriller, even if the plot doesn't quite add up. With Michael Shannon and Jaeden Liberher. (Rated PG-13)
Disney's animated movie about a rabbit cop (Ginnifer Goodwin) who befriends a con-man fox (Jason Bateman) is an unexpected treat, a family-friendly comedy filled with clever commentary about racism, prejudice and -- just for the heck of it -- the Department of Motor Vehicles. Smart, inventive and fun. (Rated PG)
"By the Sea"(Credit: Universal Pictures)
Brad Pitt and writer-director Angelina Jolie play a depressed American couple on vacation in France. If boredom were a sport, watching this movie would make you an Olympic gold medalist. Don't do it. (Rated R)
"Norm of the North"(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)
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"(Credit: Paramount Pictures / Philippe Antonello)
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)
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"(Credit: 20th Century Fox Film / Joe Lederer)
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)
Everybody Wants Some!!(Credit: AP / Van Redin)
Richard Linklater's follow-up to "Dazed and Confused" follows the antics of college baseball players in the year 1980. It's a lovely balance between nostalgia and cultural anthropology, with a fine cast of fresh faces. Women, sorely underrepresented, may find it less endearing. (Rated R)
"Green Room"(Credit: Scott Patrick Green)
The late Anton Yelchin plays a punk rocker whose band is trapped in a sleazy nightclub after witnessing a murder. Brutal and bloody, with a suitably gnarly soundtrack. Patrick Stewart plays the club's neo-Nazi owner. (Rated R)
"The Hateful Eight"(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)
A biopic of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), the African-American runner whose four Olympic gold medals in 1936 put Hitler's Aryans to shame. Owens doesn't exactly come to life, but this is a handsome-looking movie with interesting historical details. Jason Sudeikis plays Owens' hard-driving coach. (Rated PG-13)
"Hail Caesar!"(Credit: Universal Pictures)
The Coen brothers' latest, starring Josh Brolin as a Hollywood executive in the 1950s and George Clooney as a dim-bulb actor, tends to polarize viewers. Some hate the barely there plot, others love the comedic energy and dazzling camerawork. (Rated PG-13)
"Kung Fu Panda 3"(Credit: AP)
Jack Black returns as ancient China's cuddliest martial-arts master, this time discovering his long-lost father (Bryan Cranston). Brisk comedy and some lovely animation compensate for the overstuffed plot. With Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu and Jackie Chan. (Rated PG)
"The Bronze"(Credit: Sony Pictures Classics / Alicia Gbur)
A cynical, washed-up Olympic gymnast (Melissa Rauch) agrees to train a bright-eyed newcomer (Haley Lu Richardson). This is a showcase for Rauch (a co-writer), and she's quite funny in a role that could be described as a foul-mouthed Mary Lou Retton.
"The Lobster"(Credit: A24 Films/Despina Spyrou)
In a weird dystopia, all single people must find love within 45 days or be turned into an animal of their choice. The word bizarre doesn't quite do justice to this comedy, which should please fans of Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry. The excellent cast includes Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly.
"The Divergent Series: Allegiant"(Credit: Lionsgate / Murray Close)
The wheels finally fall off an already wobbly franchise in this muddled, meandering entry. Shailene Woodley's Tris remains overshadowed by Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen, which may be an unfair thing to say, but there it is. Also with Naomi Watts and Theo James. (Rated PG-13)
"Eddie the Eagle"(Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film / Larry Horricks)
The semi-true story of hopeless British ski-jumper Michael Edwards (an endearing Taron Egerton), who nevertheless went to the Olympics. Hugh Jackman plays his drunken coach, a fictional character. Enjoyably light and sweet. (Rated PG-13)
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2"(Credit: Universal Pictures/George Kraychyk)
Nia Vardalos returns as Toula, the misfit heroine of 2002's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." The magic of that film is absent from this weak follow-up, but the vibrant original cast (particularly Andrea Martin) can be fun to watch.
"The Angry Birds Movie"(Credit: Columbia Pictures / Rovio Animation)
Jason Sudeikis and Josh Gad lead the voice cast in an animated adaptation of the popular gaming app. The movie works best if you've played the game, but it's fairly entertaining all around thanks to its saucy sense of humor.
"10 Cloverfield Lane"(Credit: Paramount)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a young woman whose captor (John Goodman) insists that the outside world has been invaded by aliens. This taut, tingly thriller is enjoyable on its own, though it works better if you've seen J.J. Abrams' sleeper hit "Cloverfield" (2008). (PG 13)
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"(Credit: Warner Bros. Picture / DC Comics / Clay Enos)
The good news is that Ben Affleck is quite convincing as a human-scale Batman. The overall film, however, is plain bad: ponderous, self-serious and silly. With Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jesse Eisenberg as an irritating Lex Luthor. (Rated PG-13)
"Maggie's Plan"(Credit: Sony Pictures Classics/Jon Pack/Hall Monitor Inc.)
The setup is familiar -- a young woman decides to have a baby on her own, then unexpectedly falls for a guy -- but this zigzagging comedy from director Rebecca Miller never goes quite where you expect. Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore make a terrific ensemble.
"Hello, My Name Is Doris"(Credit: Aaron Epstein)
An eccentric older woman falls for a co-worker nearly half her age. Sally Field, in the starring role, elevates this movie from cute comedy-drama to absolute must-see. (Rated R)