CATEGORIES Features, DVDs

Helping you navigate the sea of available on-demand movie and television content, What's New will help you settle that age-old argument of what to watch. Covering Netflix Watch Instantly, Redbox, and Cable Video-on-Demand services, this weekly Moviefone column does the grunt work so you don't have to. Movie night has officially been simplified.



Netflix Watch Instantly
(Accessed through your XBOX 360, PS3, Wii, personal computer, or Roku box)

Action/Adventure:

'Wushu Warrior' -- Corrupt aristocrat Edward Lindsey (Matt Frewer) is using the opium trade to enslave the Chinese masses, and it's up to the Red Lotus Society to end his reign of terror. Play on Netflix.

'The Deep' -- Peter Benchley, who wrote 'Jaws,' also wrote 'The Deep.' Scuba divers David Sanders and Gail Berke (Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset), assisted by Romer Treece (Robert Shaw), discover a sunken treasure off the Bermuda coast. Play on Netflix.

'I Spit on Your Corpse '-- This low-budget action film from cult director Al Adamson features Georgina Spelvin ('The Devil in Miss Jones') in a rare non-porn role as a psychotic assassin set up for murder by her partner (Rosalind Miles) and another woman. Play on Netflix.

Comedy/Musical:

'The Money Pit' --Adapting the themes of the 1948 film 'Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House,' this comedy stars Tom Hanks as Walter Fielding, who with his love Anna (Shelley Long) decides to buy a suburban New York home for next-to-nothing. Play on Netflix.

'Strictly Business' -- In this lively comedy, an African American yuppie rethinks life on the corporate fast-track after he falls in love with an ultra hip club promoter. Knowing that she finds him a total square, he seeks the advice of a swinging young mail boy. Play on Netflix.

'Copacabana' -- Groucho Marx made his first solo film appearance away from his brothers in the musical comedy Copacabana. Groucho plays two-bit theatrical agent Lionel Q. Play on Netflix.

'Cold Souls' -- Writer/director Sophie Barthes crafts this metaphysical tragicomedy, which straddles the line between reality and fantasy, set in a world where souls are extracted from humans and traded as commodities. Play on Netflix.

'Knock on Wood' -- Capitalizing on the star's recent successful engagement in London, the film casts Danny Kaye as a neurotic American ventriloquist performing in England and Europe. In a parody of the 1946 thriller 'Dead of Night,' Kaye is unable to control the words coming out of his dummy, resulting in a near-nervous breakdown. Play on Netflix.

'Laurel & Hardy: Flying Deuces' -- In their first starring feature away from the Hal Roach studios, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy play a couple of fish peddlers from Des Moines on a Cook's Tour of Paris. Play on Netflix.

'Hit Parade of 1943' -- A woman is charmed into writing songs for a hack song-writer to rejuvenate his career. Play on Netflix.

'The Trotsky' -- An unusually intense teenager (Jay Baruchel) gets the idea that his name defines his destiny in this offbeat comedy. Play on Netflix.


Drama/Thrillers:

'Michael Collins'
-- The rise and fall of one of the most important and controversial figures in Ireland's struggle for independence is chronicled in this biographical drama. Play on Netflix.

'Brotherhood of Justice' -- In a early starring assignment, Keanu Reeves plays the head of a teenaged vigilante society. Reeves and his overachieving buddies intend to rid their school and neighborhood of drug users and vandals. Play on Netflix.

'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire'
-- Monster's Ball producer Lee Daniels follows up his 2005 directorial debut, Shadowboxer, with this adaptation of author Sapphire's best-selling novel about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an alternate path in life after she begins attending a new school. Play on Netflix.

'Attack on Darfur' -- Dr. Uwe Boll returns to the director's chair to helm this serious-minded action film set in the war-torn region of Sudan, and following a group of American journalist as they witness the atrocities most people only read about in newspapers. Play on Netflix.


Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy:

'Cronos' -- The feature film debut for director Guillermo del Toro tells the story of elderly antique dealer Jesus Gris (Federico Luppi, in a role originally written for Max Von Sydow) who, with his eight-year-old granddaughter Aurora (Tamara Shanath), discovers an ancient artifact secreted within a statue obtained from the estate of a 16th-century alchemist. Play on Netflix.

'The Vampire's Ghost' -- Set in a coastal African village, the story concerns one Webb Fallon (John Abbott), an unprepossessing sort who holds the region in thrall because of his vampiric tendencies. Play on Netflix.

'Mother's Boys'
-- A psychotic estranged wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) attempts to sabotage her husband's new romance by turning her children against his lover in this thriller. Play on Netflix.


Documentary:

'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work' -- A year long ride with Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life; it peels away the mask of an iconic comedian, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a groundbreaking female performer. Play on Netflix.

'Double Take' -- Filmmaker Johan Grimonprez draws a surprising parallel between the anxieties of the Cold War and the Master of Suspense in this fusion of documentary and dark comedy. Play on Netflix.

Author's Sleeper Pick:


'Exit Through the Gift Shop '-- Critically acclaimed first feature film by the renowned British graffiti artist Banksy. Play on Netflix.



Cable Video-on-Demand Service (Simply access the VOD menu from your cable box to select from these titles)


'Nanny McPhee Returns'
-- A struggling mother receives some much-needed assistance tending to the family farm and raising a group of spirited children while her military husband is fighting overseas in this sequel to the whimsical 2005 fantasy comedy 'Nanny McPhee.'

'The A-Team' -- 1980s TV action gets a reboot with this new version of The A-Team, which shifts the Vietnam vet backstory to a group of Iraq War vets who become mercenaries for hire.

'Cyrus' -- With John's social life at a standstill and his ex-wife about to get remarried, a down on his luck divorcee finally meets the woman of his dreams, only to discover she has another man in her life...her son.

'Inception' -- Visionary filmmaker Christopher Nolan ('Memento,' 'The Dark Knight') writes and directs this psychological sci-fi action film about a thief who possesses the power to enter into the dreams of others.



Redbox New Releases as of 12/14
(Look for Redbox kiosks at your local grocery store or McDonald's restaurant. The films can be rented overnight for just $1)


'Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore'
-- The epic struggle for control of planet Earth continues in this sequel to the 2001 comedy that confirmed everyone's worst suspicions about our furry four-legged companions.

'The Kids are All Right' -- Two teenaged children ('Alice in Wonderland's' Mia Wasikowska and 'Journey to the Center of the Earth's' Josh Hutcherson) get the notion to seek out their biological father and introduce him into the family life that their two mothers (Bening and Moore) have built for them.

'Lottery Ticket' -- A kid from the projects scores the jackpot in the lottery and fights to protect his ticket over the course of a treacherous holiday weekend in this all-star comedy featuring Ice Cube, Charlie Murphy, Terry Crews, and Loretta Devine.

'The Other Guys' -- Set in New York City, 'The Other Guys' follows Detective Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell), a forensic accountant who's more interested in paperwork than hitting the streets, and Detective Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg), a tough guy who has been stuck with Allen as his partner ever since an unfortunate run-in with Derek Jeter.