Guiding you through 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)
'Arn: The Knight Templar' -- In this lavish historical drama set in the Middle Ages, Arn, the knightly son of a Swedish nobleman, must journey to the Holy Land on horseback as a sentence for taking up with a forbidden romantic partner. Play on Netflix.
'Kelly's Heroes' -- Clint Eastwood stars as Kelly, a former lieutenant whose illusions about the glory of war (if he has any) are lost when he is busted in rank for following some poorly considered orders in World War II France. After capturing a friendly German officer, Kelly learns the whereabouts of millions of dollars in gold bars, earmarked to finance a military payroll. Taking advantage of a three-day liberty, Kelly assembles a motley trio of fellow soldiers to help him sneak behind enemy lines and retrieve the booty. Play on Netflix.
'The Long Kiss Goodnight' -- An ordinary woman discovers that her life was not always ordinary in this action thriller. Play on Netflix.
'All About the Benjamins' -- Rap star and actor Ice Cube produces, co-writes and stars in this comic crime thriller that reunites him with his 'Next Friday' (1999) co-star Mike Epps in the '48 Hrs.' (1982) mold. Play on Netflix.
'Chicago' -- A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Play on Netflix.
'City Island' -- Set in a quaint fishing community on the outskirts of New York City, 'City Island' is a hilarious and touching tale, about a family whose comfortable co-existence is upended by surprising revelations of past secrets and present-day lies. Play on Netflix.
'Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World' -- Comedian and filmmaker Albert Brooks serves his country while struggling to get some laughs in this offbeat satirical comedy. Play on Netflix.
'Love in the Afternoon' -- Gary Cooper more or less repeats his international-roue characterization from 1938's 'Bluebeard's Eighth Wife' for the 1957 romantic comedy 'Love in the Afternoon.' (Both films were co-scripted by Billy Wilder, who also directed the latter picture.) Play on Netflix.
'Meet Me in St. Louis' -- Based Sally Benson's short stories, about the turn-of-the-century Smith family of St. Louis. The songs are a heady combination of period tunes and newly minted numbers by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin, the best of which are 'The Boy Next Door,' 'The Trolley Song' and 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.' Play on Netflix.
'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' -- Chevy Chase, star of 'National Lampoon's Vacation,' is back as the paterfamilias of the Griswold family (including Beverly D'Angelo as his missus) to skewer the Yuletide season. Play on Netflix.
'Porky's Revenge' -- In this third entry in the raunchy, sophomoric comedy series, the riotous students of Angel Beach High endeavor to get even with their old nemesis Porky who is trying to force the basketball coach into throwing the championship game. Play on Netflix.
'Protocol' -- In this spoof of government and media foibles, Sunny (Goldie Hawn) is an ordinary cocktail waitress who graduated in the top 75 percent of her class. When she dramatically prevents the assassination of a visiting dignitary, the event puts her dead center at a whirlwind of media attention, and she gets her a job in the protocol department of the government. Play on Netflix.
'Something Wild' -- A wildly inventive and entertaining comic nightmare from former Roger Corman prodigy Jonathan Demme ('The Silence of the Lambs'), this screwball odyssey is a ride to remember. Play on Netflix.
'A Perfect World' -- Eight-year-old Phillip Perry (T.J. Lowther), the son of a devout Jehovah's Witness mother, is staying home while all the other children are out trick-or-treating. But then prison escapee Butch Haynes (Kevin Costner) appears in his kitchen. Needing a hostage to aid him in his escape from jail, he grabs Phillip. Phillip curiously looks up to Butch and willingly accompanies him. Play on Netflix.
'Sleepers' -- Jason Patrick stars as Lorenzo, a New York reporter more commonly called "Shakes," a nickname courtesy of his three childhood pals from Hell's Kitchen -- Michael (Brad Pitt), John (Ron Eldard) and Tommy (Billy Crudup). As kids, all four were sent to reform school after accidentally killing someone during a cruel prank. There, the boys were raped and beaten by several guards, including Sean Nokes (Kevin Bacon), a fact that they've kept secret into adulthood. Play on Netflix.
'White Oleander' -- This adaptation of Janet Finch's novel recounts the traumatic adolescence of Astrid Magnusson (Alison Lohman), who finds herself an orphan after her short-fused, enigmatic artist mother Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) is carted off to prison on murder charges. Play on Netflix.
'Night of the Demons' -- The ultimate Halloween party becomes the setting for a terrifying night of satanic slaughter when seven teenagers become trapped in a mansion filled with rampaging demons. A remake of Kevin S. Tenney's influential 1988 horror classic. Play on Netflix.
'Predator 2' -- This special effects-heavy science-fiction sequel moves the action from the first film's Amazon forest to the urban jungle of L.A. Danny Glover stars as Lt. Mike Harrigan, an LAPD detective baffled by his latest case: the ritualistic slaughter of several drug dealers by a devastating killer who leaves no traces. Play on Netflix.
'Rosemary's Baby' -- In Roman Polanski's first American film, adapted from Ira Levin's horror bestseller, a young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Play on Netflix.
'Superman/Batman: Apocalypse' -- Superman and Batman join forces to rescue an elusive Kryptonian from the malevolent Darkseid in this adaptation of author Jeff Loeb's popular Superman/Batman storyline. Play on Netflix.
'Future Weapons: Season 3' -- Third season of the popular Discovery Channel series showcasing the evolution of military weaponry. Play on Netflix.
'Viva La Bam: Season 1' -- Skateboarder/MTV's 'Jackass' castmember Bam Margera makes life hilariously miserable for his parents with a series of outlandish pranks. Play on Netflix.
Author's Sleeper Pick:
'I'm Still Here' -- The directorial debut of Oscar-nominated actor Casey Affleck, 'I'm Still Here' is a striking portrayal of a tumultuous year in the life of internationally acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix.
Cable Video-on-Demand Service (Simply access the VOD menu from your cable box to select from these titles)
'The American' -- As an assassin, Jack (George Clooney) is constantly on the move and always alone. After a job in Sweden ends more harshly than expected for this American abroad, Jack retreats to the Italian countryside.
'Devil' -- Five strangers trapped in an elevator realize that one of them is the Devil in this thriller from director John E. Dowdle ('Quarantine') and screenwriter Brian Nelson ('Hard Candy,' '30 Days of Night').
'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' -- Ambitious young investment banker Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) discovers that greed is still the name of the game when he forges a fragile alliance with onetime Wall Street hotshot Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) shortly after Gekko is released from prison.
Redbox New Releases as of 12/28
(Look for Redbox kiosks at your local grocery store or McDonald's restaurant. The films can be rented overnight for just $1)
'Going the Distance' -- Drew Barrymore and Justin Long star in this romantic comedy, about a long-distance romance that may be worth fighting for.
'Knight and Day' -- A single girl en-route to a family wedding gets swept up in a fight between a rogue government agent and the FBI in this globe-trotting action comedy from director James Mangold.
'Resident Evil: Afterlife' -- It's been five years since the zombie virus swept across the globe, and Alice (Milla Jovovich) is still traveling tirelessly in search of survivors. When the Umbrella Corporation ratchets up the stakes, an old friend turns up to lend Alice a helping hand.
'Vampires Suck' -- A comedy about contemporary teen angst and romance movies. Becca, an anxious, non-vampire teen, is torn between two boys. Before she can choose, Becca must get around her controlling father, who embarrasses Becca by treating her like a child. Meanwhile, Becca's friends contend with their own romantic issues, all of which collide at the prom.