Scarlett Johansson in 2014's "Under the Skin." (Credit: AP / A24 Films)

Scarlett Johansson in 2014's "Under the Skin."

Best new movies available On Demand

"The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Under the Skin" and more: See our picks for the Oscar winners and box office hits newly available to watch On Demand, whether you subscribe to Optimum, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Dish or Verizon.

'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

Your small screen may diminish the visuals in
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Your small screen may diminish the visuals in this painstakingly detailed production from director Wes Anderson ("The Royal Tenenbaums"), but you can still appreciate the deadpan humor of "The Grand Budapest Hotel's" star-studded cast, which includes Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody and Mia Wasikowska. (Rated R, available now.)

'Life Itself'

The late Roger Ebert allowed director Steve James

The late Roger Ebert allowed director Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") to chronicle his final five months for this biographical documentary. The result: "Life Itself" is a look back at the inspirational career of our last great film critic. (Rated R, available on demand July 4.)

'Le Week-End'

A middle-aged husband and wife take a romantic
(Credit: Nicola Dove)

A middle-aged husband and wife take a romantic trip to Paris in "Le Week-End," only to find their marriage teetering on failure. Sound depressing? It's actually very funny and tender, with superb performances from Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan and an electrifying Jeff Goldblum. (Rated R, available July 8.)

'Teenage'

This historical survey of youth culture functions best
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This historical survey of youth culture functions best as an introduction to Jon Savage's book, also called "Teenage." That thing is a masterpiece -- you'd be amazed at the unknown forces that shaped your entire adolescence -- while the film is the Cliff's Notes. (Not rated, available July 15.)

'Under the Skin'

It stars Scarlett Johansson, but be warned --
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It stars Scarlett Johansson, but be warned -- "Under the Skin" ain't for everyone. The story of an alien who preys on Earth men (mostly nonactors ambushed on the street), the movie is artful and mesmerizing but deeply nihilistic. The soundtrack, by indie rocker Mica Levi, will scrape you raw. (Rated R, available July 15.)

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'Cuban Fury'

Nick Frost, of "The World's End," wrote and
(Credit: MCT / Matthew Nettheim)

Nick Frost, of "The World's End," wrote and stars in "Cuban Fury," a comedy about an overweight loser with secret dreams of salsa dancing. It's a warm little movie that barely survived its February release, but being available on demand could revive it. The appealing cast includes Rashida Jones, Chris O'Dowd and Wendi McLendon-Covey. (Rated R, July 22.)

'Noah'

Pre-release outrage from the Christian community over this
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Pre-release outrage from the Christian community over this unorthodox Biblical epic (starring Russell Crowe as the ark-builder) forced Paramount Pictures to add a disclaimer to its trailers -- and then "Noah" kind of faded away. Too bad, because it's the weirdest, wiggiest Bible movie you'll ever see. (Rated PG-13, available July 29.)

'Lone Survivor'

In "Lone Survivor" (2013), a dramatization of the
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In "Lone Survivor" (2013), a dramatization of the Middle East Navy SEAL operation known as Red Wings, Taylor Kitsch plays Patchogue-raised Michael Murphy, though the starring role goes to Mark Wahlberg as Marcus Luttrell, who wrote the source book. The basic formula -- brutal action plus sentimental speeches -- will work for some viewers, but probably not for all. (Rated R, available on demand June 3.)

'Non-Stop'

Terrific B-grade fun in this preposterous but tightly-wound
(Credit: Universal Pictures / Myles Aronowitz)

Terrific B-grade fun in this preposterous but tightly-wound thriller about an air marshal (Liam Neeson) trying to stop a terrorist in the middle of an overseas flight. Julianne Moore also stars. Please remember to switch off all logical reasoning skills before takeoff. (Rated PG-13, available on demand June 10.)

'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit'

Chris Pine steps into the shoes of the
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Chris Pine steps into the shoes of the CIA hero created by novelist Tom Clancy. Pine is an appealingly fresh face, and Kevin Costner adds gravitas as Ryan's jaded handler, but the script feels as creaky as a Cold War fighter jet. Kenneth Branagh directs, and also overacts as the Bond-style villain. (Rated PG-13, available on demand June 10.)

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'The Lego Movie'

Here's your pick of the month -- a
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Here's your pick of the month -- a wildly inventive and endlessly funny kids' movie set in the Lego universe. The excellent animation is computer-generated but convincingly blocky, and there's plenty of humanity in the charming voice cast: Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman. (Rated PG, available on demand June 17.)

'Son of God'

This compressed version of the History Channel hit
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This compressed version of the History Channel hit series "The Bible" focuses on the life of Jesus, played by Brad Pitt look-alike Diogo Morgado. It's straightforward, committee-approved proselytizing, but could be worthwhile for those who don't want to sit through the 10-hour original series. (Rated PG-13, available on demand June 17.)

'300: Rise of an Empire'

If you liked Zack Snyder's beef-and-blood festival "300,"
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If you liked Zack Snyder's beef-and-blood festival "300," you may tolerate this sequel, directed by a Snyder surrogate who can't get enough of slow-mo gore. I found it pretty awful, save for a bravura performance by Eva Green ("Dark Shadows") as a military femme fatale. She's wonderfully deranged. (Rated R, available on demand June 24.)

'Veronica Mars'

The beloved but canceled television series is now
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The beloved but canceled television series is now a movie, but the best way to watch it is still on your TV. Kristen Bell returns as the title character, a small-town sleuth, along with just about every actor who ever appeared on the show. An event for fans, if not for the rest of us. (Rated PG-13, available on demand May 6.)

'Her'

Spike Jonze?s sci-fi film about a nerd (Joaquin
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Spike Jonze’s sci-fi film about a nerd (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with his computer (the voice of Scarlett Johansson) isn’t a comedy or a cautionary tale but a genuine romance. It’s touching, melancholy and more than a little mind-expanding. (Rated R, available on demand May 13.)

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'I, Frankenstein'

In this supernatural action movie, Frankenstein?s monster (Aaron

In this supernatural action movie, Frankenstein’s monster (Aaron Eckhart) becomes involved in a war between angelic gargoyles and ancient demons. It’s exactly as dumb as it sounds, but not at all bad. Eckhart has conviction, and so does the whole enjoyably goofy production. (Rated PG-13, available on demand May 13.)

'God's Pocket'

The late Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a small-time
(Credit: AP / Lance Acord)

The late Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a small-time crook under the direction of “Mad Men” star John Slattery. With a high-caliber cast that includes his TV colleague Christina Hendricks, John Turturro, Richard Jenkins and Eddie Marsan, you’re in for some strong moments. Pete Dexter wrote the source novel, so be prepared for bitter humor, working-class bathos and other Dexterisms. (Rated R, available on demand May 14.)

'Enemy'

Calling all fans of David Lynch! Here?s a
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Calling all fans of David Lynch! Here’s a recommendation, directed by Denis Villeneuve of “Prisoners” and “Incendies.” It’s a creepy, anxiety-producing head-scratcher about a man who meets his exact double. Jake Gyllenhaal is terrific in two roles, but it’s the enigmatic story (based on Jose Saramago’s novel) that will keep you watching until the final, freaky scene. (Rated R, available on demand May 20.)

'Pompeii'

It?s ?Spartacus? meets ?Titanic,? with a volcano replacing
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It’s “Spartacus” meets “Titanic,” with a volcano replacing the iceberg, and it’s a ton of fun. This is well-done pulp, with vigorous direction from Paul W.S. Anderson, a cast of dedicated scenery chewers (that means you, Kiefer Sutherland) and an unexpectedly topical edge of doom. An overlooked gem. (Rated PG-13, available on demand May 20.)

'Frozen'

For the few who didn't catch it in
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For the few who didn't catch it in theaters (and for the fanatics who just can't seem to "Let It Go"), Disney's musical, girl-powered tale -- which recently became the biggest animated box-office success of all time. (Rated PG)

'Saving Mr. Banks'

An underrated movie that got lost in the
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An underrated movie that got lost in the holiday theater shuffle and took a backseat to Tom Hanks' other, Oscar-nominated 2013 film, "Captain Phillips," this Disney gem offers a rich glimpse into the making of 1964's "Mary Poppins." (Rated PG-13)

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Sluggish pacing plagues this mid-series installment, but Jennifer
(Credit: Lionsgate)

Sluggish pacing plagues this mid-series installment, but Jennifer Lawrence's tough performance once again carries the day. (Rated PG-13, available on demand March 7.)

'Inside Llewyn Davis'

The Coen brothers' latest is one of their
(Credit: AP)

The Coen brothers' latest is one of their best, a bittersweet rumination on creative ambition and youthful dreams. (Rated R, available on demand March 11.)

'12 Years a Slave'

You won't soon forget this movie's combination of
(Credit: AP / Francois Duhamel)

You won't soon forget this movie's combination of beauty, horror and triumph. (Rated R, available on demand March 18.)

'American Hustle'

Another high-energy dazzler from David O. Russell ("Silver
(Credit: MCT)

Another high-energy dazzler from David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook"), packed with vibrant performances and delicious '70s details. (Rated R, available on demand March 18.)

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