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Best new movies available On Demand

See film critic Rafer Guzman's picks for the Oscar winners, box office hits and independent films that are available to watch On Demand, whether you subscribe to Optimum, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Dish or Verizon. Dates of availability may vary based on provider.

"Blade Runner 2049"

Denis Villeneuve's follow-up to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / Stephen Vaughan

Denis Villeneuve's follow-up to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic of 1982 combines stunning visuals with moral quandaries. With Ryan Gosling and original star Harrison Ford. Read our review here.

"American Made"

Tom Cruise plays against type as a charmingly
Photo Credit: Universal Pictures / David James

Tom Cruise plays against type as a charmingly sleazy airline pilot who becomes a drug smuggler, gunrunner and possibly a CIA operative. Based on a true story. With Domhnall Gleeson. Read our review here.

"Victoria and Abdul"

Judi Dench and Ali Fazal play Queen Victoria
Photo Credit: Focus Features / Peter Mountain

Judi Dench and Ali Fazal play Queen Victoria and her Indian servant, Abdul Karim, who became so close that her royal household put an end to the relationship. Well-acted and quite interesting, though the odd message seems to be that if the British weren't so racist, Abdul could have been a more successful seducer. Read our review here.

"Battle of the Sexes"

Emma Stone and Steve Carell light up the
Photo Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon

Emma Stone and Steve Carell light up the tennis court as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, whose cross-gender match in 1973 made headlines. It's a delightful movie, funny, smart and topical. Read our review here.

"IT"

A solid adaptation of Stephen King's sprawling novel
Photo Credit: New Line Cinema / Brooke Palmer

A solid adaptation of Stephen King's sprawling novel -- this is Part One -- about a small town whose children are preyed on by a shape-shifting evil. The young cast is great, particularly Sophia Lillis as a lone girl in a group of boys. Read our review here.

"The Mountain Between Us"

A photojournalist and a British doctor survive a
Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox / Kimberley French

A photojournalist and a British doctor survive a plane crash, only to face a six-week trek through rugged terrain to find civilization. Good thing they're played by the excellent Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, who almost convince us that this is an actual drama rather than a cinematic Harlequin romance. Read our review here.

"mother!"

Forewarned is forearmed. The trailers made this look
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

Forewarned is forearmed. The trailers made this look like a psychological thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a married couple terrorized by visitors. Instead, it's an elaborate biblical allegory in which the characters don't even have names. Whatever your reaction, this is one fully-realized work of weirdness from director Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan"). Read our review here.

"The Big Sick"

This straight-from-the-heart comedy is based on the real-life
Photo Credit: AP

This straight-from-the-heart comedy is based on the real-life rocky romance between the Pakistani immigrant comedian Kumail Nanjiani (playing himself) and the American woman who would become his wife (Zoe Kazan). It's an absolute must-see, funny and charming and tender. Directed by Michael Showalter ("Wet Hot American Summer"). Read our review here.

"47 Meters Down"

Claire Holt and Mandy Moore play sisters who
Photo Credit: TNS / Entertainment Studios Motion Pic

Claire Holt and Mandy Moore play sisters who go on vacation in Mexico and decide -- unwisely -- to take a dive in a shark cage. Given the severe limitations of the story, this little survivalist flick isn't bad. Manage your expectations. Read our review here.

"Brad's Status"

The male-at-midlife movie seemed a thing of the
Photo Credit: Amazon Studios / Jonathan Wenk

The male-at-midlife movie seemed a thing of the past until this terrific comedy-drama, starring Ben Stiller as a guy whose basically perfect life suddenly seems like a major disappointment. It's a beautiful, funny, tender movie about Caucasian heterosexual angst from writer-director Mike White ("Chuck and Buck").

"Thank You For Your Service"

A sensitive and sobering look at several young
Photo Credit: DreamWorks Pictures / Francois Duhamel

A sensitive and sobering look at several young Iraq veterans struggling to become civilians again. Based on David Finkel's nonfiction book. With Miles Teller and Beulah Koale. Read our review here.

"Peter Rabbit"

James Corden provides the voice of the title
Photo Credit: Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures / Courtesy of Sony Pictures

James Corden provides the voice of the title hare, who keeps invading the garden of Mr. McGregor and his nephew, Thomas (Sam Neill and Domhnall Gleeson). Critics applauded the live-animation hybrid effects but lamented the slapstick treatment given to Beatrix Potter's gentle bedtime stories.

"12 Strong"

Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon play members of
Photo Credit: David James

Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon play members of the first Special Forces unit sent to Afghanistan after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It's a straight-ahead war film about a far-from-straightforward subject, which means it's watchable without being terribly illuminating. Read our review here.

"Fifty Shades Freed"

Opinions didn't exactly vary on this final installment
Photo Credit: Doane Gregory

Opinions didn't exactly vary on this final installment in the light-kink franchise. At least one critic hailed it as "competently made," which is a relative rave given the film's bottom-scraping 13 percent rating on RottenTomatoes. Staring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.

"Winchester"

A chiller set in the maze-like mansion built
Photo Credit: CBS Films / Lionsgate

A chiller set in the maze-like mansion built by munitions heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren) in San Jose, California. Reasonably entertaining, and should make for some fun post-movie Google-checking. Also starring Jason Clarke. Read our review here.

"Black Panther"

Marvel's largely black superhero film, about an African
Photo Credit: AP / Marvel Studios-Disney / Matt Kennedy

Marvel's largely black superhero film, about an African king (Chadwick Boseman) trying to protect his nation from exploiters and usurpers, blends the action-spectacle with surprisingly deep-reaching themes. The murderous but righteous villain Erik Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, is the heart and soul of the movie. Read our review here.

"Game Night"

A group of friends play a mystery game
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / Hopper Stone

A group of friends play a mystery game that quickly spirals out of control. It's a comedy that drew surprisingly good reviews for its twisty-turny script, and for Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams as a husband-and-wife team.

"Red Sparrow"

Jennifer Lawrence plays a Russian ballerina recruited into
Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox / Murray Close

Jennifer Lawrence plays a Russian ballerina recruited into a squadron of seductive spies called Sparrows. The movie has some sex and much violence, but treats both with high-minded solemnity. Is that what anyone wants from a Cold War thriller these days? Joel Edgerton also stars. Read our review here.

"The 15:17 to Paris"

Three Americans avert disaster and save untold lives
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / Keith Bernstein

Three Americans avert disaster and save untold lives by taking down a gunman on a European train. Director Clint Eastwood's decision to cast the real-life heroes as themselves is a bold move, but the stilted acting weakens the film. Read our review here.

"Early Man"

A tribe of cave men challenge a bunch
Photo Credit: Lionsgate / Aardman

A tribe of cave men challenge a bunch of Bronze Age snobs to a soccer match in this stop-motion film from the "Wallace and Gromit" folks. It's a gently loopy comedy with fine voice-work from, among others, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston. Read our review here.

"Annihilation"

The latest from writer-director Alex Garland (
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures and Skydance / Photo credit: Peter Mountain

The latest from writer-director Alex Garland ("Ex Machina") stars Natalie Portman as one of several women who enter a quarantined zone called The Shimmer. Despite a casting controversy (in the source novel, Portman's character was Asian), the movie drew strong reviews, with some sci-fi sites calling it a near-masterpiece. Also starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tessa Thompson.

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