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"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

"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)

Best new movies available On Demand

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "The Maze Runner" and more: See our picks for the box office hits and films that are yet to hit theaters that are available, or will be soon, to watch On Demand, whether you subscribe to Optimum, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Dish or Verizon.

'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)

'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)

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'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)

'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

Another generous helping of schmaltz from director Lasse
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Another generous helping of schmaltz from director Lasse Hallström ("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.)

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'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.)

'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 Carré 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.)

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'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.)

'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)

'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)

'Draft Day'

Kevin Costner plays a football manager trying to
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Kevin Costner plays a football manager trying to cattle-trade his way to a winning team without losing his integrity. The surprise in "Draft Day" is that Ivan Reitman ("Ghostbusters") directs the holy heck out of this thing, transforming a squishy sports story into a fast-moving, visually inventive comedy-drama. Though not exactly a winner, the movie sure leaves it all on the field. (Rated PG-13, available Aug. 29)

'Blended'

A family rom-com starring Adam Sandler and Drew
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A family rom-com starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. You may be wondering: Is it atrocious, or merely bad? Actually, "Blended" is OK, thanks to its two charming stars as single parents reluctantly falling in love. Manage your expectations. (Rated PG-13, available Aug. 26)

'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 now.)

'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 now.)

'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 now.)

'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
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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 now.)

'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 now.)

'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 now.)

'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 now.)

'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 now.)

'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 now.)

'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 now.)

'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 now.)

'God's Pocket'

The late Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a small-time
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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 now.)

'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 now.)

'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 now.)

'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, available now.)

'Inside Llewyn Davis'

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

'12 Years a Slave'

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

'American Hustle'

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

'The Book Thief'

Gorgeous photography and a potential new star in
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Gorgeous photography and a potential new star in 13-year-old Sophie Nélisse, but this is the rosiest view of Nazi Germany since "The Sound of Music" -- without the music. (Rated PG-13, available on demand March 25.)

'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Martin Scorsese's epic tale of debauchery feels overlong
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Martin Scorsese's epic tale of debauchery feels overlong and sometimes misses its mark, but it's the director's raunchiest, funniest film yet. (Rated R, available on demand March 25.)

‘Nymphomaniac: Volume 1'

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Shia LaBeouf star in Lars
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Charlotte Gainsbourg and Shia LaBeouf star in Lars von Trier’s controversial new movie. Vol. 2 premieres March 20. (Unrated, available on demand March 6, before its theatrical release.)

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