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.
Channing Tatum plays a hard-luck West Virginian who hatches an elaborate scheme to rob a local NASCAR track. It's a backwoods "Ocean's 11" from director Steven Soderbergh, with a zippy script and a terrific cast that includes Daniel Craig, Hilary Swank and Adam Driver. Read our review here.
Charlize Theron plays an icy-sexy Cold War spy in this stylish, stunt-driven action flick from director David Leitch ("John Wick"). If you're old enough to remember synth-rock, the Berlin Wall and Patrick Nagel posters, this movie could be the best thing that ever happened to you. Read our review here.
"The Hitman’s Bodyguard"
The title says it all: Ryan Reynolds plays the bodyguard, Samuel L. Jackson plays the assassin, and together they sustain a reasonably amusing, if overly violent, buddy-comedy. Critics loathed it, but audiences gave it a healthy 70 percent at Rotten Tomatoes. Read our review here.
"War for the Planet of the Apes"
A vicious war between humans and apes -- and we aren't the good guys -- makes for one dark piece of entertainment. This is a blockbuster with heft, although Woody Harrelson adds a touch of camp as a Brando-esque military man called The Colonel. Andy Serkis returns as the heroic ape Caesar. Read our review here.
"Despicable Me 3"
Steve Carell returns as the voice of Gru, the supervillain turned good guy, and as the voice of his twin brother, Dru, a golden-haired millionaire. Together they fight Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker), a villain who was a child star during the 1980s. It doesn't make much sense, but this franchise never has, and the whole affair is good-natured and silly. Read our review here.
"The Glass Castle"
The true story of Jeanette Walls, a successful New York journalist whose impoverished childhood and unstable parents inspired her bestselling memoir of 2005. Brie Larson plays Walls, but the movie's real star is Woody Harrelson as her charismatic, near-feral father. Elegantly directed and co-written by Destin Daniel Cretton (Larson's "Short Term 12"). Read our review here.
In North New Jersey, an aspiring rapper dreams of wealth and fame. The problem is, she's white, female and plus-sized. Newcomer Danielle Macdonald is terrific as the scrappy, working-class heroine of this quirky comedy-drama from first-time filmmaker Geremy Jasper. Read our review here.
During the 1967 race riots in Detroit, a group of white policemen burst into the Algiers Motel and terrorized the black guests, eventually killing three. Kathryn Bigelow's recreation of the event is excruciatingly realistic and features great performances from Will Poulter as an out-of-control cop and John Boyega as a peacekeeping security guard. Read our review here.
Goofy as it sounds, this movie about a music-loving getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a nonstop blast. Great action sequences, zippy dialogue and high-energy performances from Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm. Read our review here.
"The LEGO Ninjago Movie"
If you're not familiar with the Ninjago line of toys and books, ask the nearest 6-year-old. The story is very thin -- another Vader-Skywalker setup -- and the jokes aren't terribly inspired, but the animation, by "LEGO Movie" veterans Animal Logic, is terrific. With the voices of Jackie Chan and Justin Theroux. Read our review here.
Christopher Nolan's re-creation of a British mission to rescue 300,000 troops from a French beach during World War II is dazzling on nearly every level, from the ferocious battle scenes to Hans Zimmer's high-tension score. With Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance. Read our review here.
"Blade Runner 2049"
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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 Iraq veterans struggling to become civilians again. Based on David Finkel's nonfiction book. With Miles Teller and Beulah Koale. Read our review here.