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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.

"Ready Player One"

(Available July 24) Steven Spielberg returns to form
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

(Available July 24) Steven Spielberg returns to form with this virtual-reality romp about a dystopian world whose only escape is an online fantasy called The Oasis. It's fast, fun, glitzy and guaranteed to please. With Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Mark Rylance. Read our review here.

"Rampage"

A primatologist (Dwayne Johnson, if you can believe
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

A primatologist (Dwayne Johnson, if you can believe it) must help stop three monstrous animals -- wolf, gorilla, crocodile -- from destroying Chicago. Preposterous and very fun, with top-notch effects and that dependable Johnson charm. Directed by Brad Peyton ("San Andreas"). Read our review here.

"Isle of Dogs"

Wes Anderson's latest stop-motion film, about a Japanese
Photo Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film

Wes Anderson's latest stop-motion film, about a Japanese boy searching for his faithful dog in a sci-fi dystopia, is exactly what you'd expect: odd, endearing, not as emotionally impactful as it could be. Excellent voice work from Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum and Scarlett Johansson. Read our review here.

"Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare"

Several vacationing college kids play the age-old game
Photo Credit: Blumhouse Productions / Peter Iovino

Several vacationing college kids play the age-old game of this film's title, then discover they must keep playing -- even as they die one by one. This is an enjoyable teen thriller, briskly executed and fairly creative in its O. Henry-style deaths. With Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey. Read our review here.

"I Feel Pretty"

Amy Schumer's latest, about a woman who wakes
Photo Credit: Courtesy of STXfilms / Mark Schäfer

Amy Schumer's latest, about a woman who wakes up from an accident believing she looks like a supermodel, is a tad too unfocused to be the spot-on comedy it could have been. Schumer is endearing, though, and the film's "Wizard of Oz" message ultimately resonates. Read our review here.

"Chappaquiddick"

John Curran's gripping drama recounts the night in
Photo Credit: Entertainment Studios / Claire Folger

John Curran's gripping drama recounts the night in 1969 when Sen. Ted Kennedy left the scene of a car accident that killed a young female campaign worker. Some said it went too far, others that it didn't go far enough -- a good sign that Curran did it right. With Jason Clarke and Ed Helms. Read our review here.

"A Quiet Place"

This hit horror movie, starring John Krasinski as
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures / Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures

This hit horror movie, starring John Krasinski as a man protecting his family from creatures who hunt by sound, is ripping good fun and even cinematically daring. Though you barely notice it, the movie is almost completely free of spoken dialogue. With Emily Blunt.

"Blockers"

Three parents leap into action after realizing their
Photo Credit: Universal Studios / Quantrell D. Colbe

Three parents leap into action after realizing their daughters plan to lose their virginity on prom night. The jokes and language are raunchy, the sexual attitudes perhaps a bit too casual, but overall it has a good heart and some fun moments. With John Cena, Ike Barinholtz and a very good Leslie Mann.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"A Wrinkle In Time"

The long-awaited big-screen adaptation - with an ethnically
Photo Credit: Atsushi Nishijima

The long-awaited big-screen adaptation - with an ethnically diverse cast that includes Mindy Kaling and Storm Reid - is a major letdown: Confusing, silly-looking, slow-moving. Read our review here.

"Death Wish"

Bruce Willis steps into Charles Bronson's shoes in
Photo Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures / Takashi Seida

Bruce Willis steps into Charles Bronson's shoes in this remake of the 1974 classic. Where the original was troubling and confrontational, this version is blithe and bloody, entertaining but empty. Directed by Eli Roth ("The Green Inferno"). Read our review here.

"Every Day"

This unusual story centers on a girl (Angourie
Photo Credit: Orion Pictures / Peter H. Stranks

This unusual story centers on a girl (Angourie Rice) who falls for a genderless spirit, named "A," that inhabits random teenage bodies for a brief 24 hours. It's a decidedly non-binary romance that works surprisingly well thanks to an eager young cast and sensitive direction by Michael Sucsy. Read our review here.

"The Strangers: Prey at Night"

An average family stumbles into a trailer park,
Photo Credit: Aviron Pictures / Brian Douglas

An average family stumbles into a trailer park, only to be hunted down by masked psychotics. This is a marginal improvement on 2008's deeply depressing horror flick "The Strangers," which is not saying much. Starring Christina Hendricks. Read our review here.

"Tomb Raider"

Alicia Vikander takes over for Angelina Jolie as
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / MGM / Ilze Kitshoff

Alicia Vikander takes over for Angelina Jolie as the female Indiana Jones and - surprise! - knocks it out of the park in this gripping prequel (credit goes to the fittingly named director Roar Uthaug). It's fun, smart, entertaining and works on a human level, too. Why aren't all reboots this good? Read our review here.

"Sherlock Gnomeo"

If you loved 2011's animated
Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

If you loved 2011's animated "Gnomeo and Juliet" - a garden-gnome version of Shakespeare - you'll be disappointed by this half-baked take on Conan Doyle's famous sleuth. Johnny Depp provides the voice of the title role. Read our review here.

"Pacific Rim: Uprising"

John Boyega, the new
Photo Credit: Legendary Pictures

John Boyega, the new "Star Wars" regular, breathes a little life into this monster-movie sequel. (He's both the lead actor and a producer.) It's loud, preposterous, aimed squarely at pre-teens and makes for a perfectly decent popcorn movie. Read our review here.

"Paul, Apostle of Christ"

The story of one of the Bible's most
Photo Credit: Affirm Films / Mark Cassar

The story of one of the Bible's most riveting figures - the Christian-hunter who becomes a believer - is transformed into a talky, musty period-piece. With Jim Caviezel and Olivier Martinez. Read our review here.

"Midnight Sun"

Katie (Bella Thorne) has a rare disease that
Photo Credit: Open Road Films / Ed Araquel

Katie (Bella Thorne) has a rare disease that makes her fatally allergic to sunlight, but cute Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of Arnold) loves her anyway. It's "Love Story" with blackout curtains. Read our review here.

"Unsane"

A brittle, troubled woman finds herself involuntarily committed
Photo Credit: Fingerprint Releasing / Bleecker Street

A brittle, troubled woman finds herself involuntarily committed to a psych ward. Steven Soderbergh's thriller, shot entirely on iPhones and featuring a terrific Claire Foy, is a Hitchcockian gem that delivers major jolts. Great filmmaking, and great fun. Read our review here.

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