CATEGORIES Features, DVDs

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.

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Action/Adventure

'Bridge of Dragons' -- A military leader who is drunk with power tries to take control of a rival kingdom in this rumble in the jungle Dolph Lundgren action thriller. Play on Netflix.

'Chisum' -- John Wayne toplines this biography of the cattle owner John Simpson Chisum, a controversial figure who was the most powerful man in New Mexico during the Wild West era. Play on Netflix.

'Cleopatra Jones'
-- Cleopatra Jones is a jive female James Bond, a special drug agent for the United States government who wears sleek and hip clothes, drives a fancy car with a submachine-gun compartment in the front door, and travels all over the world to stomp out drugs at their source. Play on Netflix.


'Commando' -- Colonel Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is retired and living peaceably with his 10-year-old daughter when she is kidnapped by the henchmen of an exiled Latin American dictator. Play on Netflix.

'Passenger 57' -- Grieving over the death of his wife at the hands of an armed robber and blaming himself for her death, anti-terrorism expert John Cutter (Wesley Snipes) retires from his dangerous job. The flight he's on is occupied by a coterie of FBI agents escorting lethal terrorist Charles Rane (Bruce Payne), but as the aircraft takes off, Rane's associates, who have also boarded the plane, take the airliner by force and free their leader. Play on Netflix.

'Romeo Must Die' -- Hang Sing (Jet Li) is a former police officer from Hong Kong who comes to the U.S. following the death of his brother, the leader of an Asian crime ring. Hang discovers that his brother had become involved in a turf battle with a black gang, led by Isaak (Delroy Lindo). But his blood lust begins to subside when he falls in love with Isaak's daughter Trish (Aaliyah) and finds himself torn between his affection for her and his desire for justice against the men who killed his brother. Play on Netflix.

'Shaft's Big Score' -- Shaft (Richard Roundtree) investigates the murder of a well-respected Harlem figure and funeral home director, Cal Asby (Robert Kya-Hill), who is blown to smithereens after stashing money in a coffin. Play on Netflix.

'Shaft in Africa' -- In the third and last in the original Shaft series of action-packed "blaxploitation" pictures, private eye John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) travels to the "motherland," where he breaks up a modern slavery ring. Play on Netflix.

'Tequilla Sunrise' -- Tequila Sunrise stars Mel Gibson and Kurt Russell as two lifelong friends who grow up on opposite sides of the law. One is a retired drug dealer (at least he says he is), the other a "celebrity" cop. Play on Netflix.

'Wild Wild West' -- Will Smith and Kevin Kline join forces as James T. West and Artemus Gordon, the most sophisticated government agents of the 1860s, in the film adaptation of the '60s television series. Play on Netflix.


Comedy/Musical

'Arsenic and Old Lace'
-- 'Arsenic and Old Lace' is director Frank Capra's spin on the classic Joseph Kesselring stage comedy, which concerns the sweet old Brewster sisters (Josephine Hull, Jean Adair), beloved in their genteel Brooklyn neighborhood for their many charitable acts. But they also happen to be murderers. Cary Grant stars. Play on Netflix.

'Assassination of a High School President' -- A teenage take on Roman Polanski'ss post-noir classic Chinatown stars Reece Daniel Thompson, Mischa Barton and Bruce Willis in the tale of a Catholic high-school newspaper reporter who stumbles upon a disturbing conspiracy. Play on Netflix.

'Best in Show' -- After parodying the idiosyncrasies of community theater devotees in the mock documentary 'Waiting for Guffman,' actor-director Christopher Guest returns with another semi-improvised comedy that casts a satirical gaze at the world of championship dog breeding and training. Play on Netflix.

'Blazing Saddles' -- Mel Brooks' hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Play on Netflix.

'Buying the Cow' -- After five years of dating, David (Jerry O'Connell) gets what he feels is an ultimatum from his girlfriend, Sarah (Bridgette Wilson). She thinks they should get married. Play on Netflix.

'Death at a Funeral' -- When a dysfunctional clan reunites to mourn the passing of the family patriarch, a respectful funeral quickly turns into an all-out fiasco marked by bitter resentment, blackmail attempts and scandalous revelations. Play on Netflix.

'Elvira, Mistress of the Dark' -- After losing her latest job for refusing to sleep with her new boss, Elvira tries to launch a Vegas career. Just before that scheme falls flat, she finds salvation when an aunt dies and leaves her a huge old New England mansion. When the black-clad and sexy Elvira, with her flamboyant make-up and acres of cleavage hit town, she creates an instant scandal amongst the old folks and inspires lusty dreams in the minds of the young. Play on Netflix.

'Harem Scarem' -- Elvis Presley plays singer-actor Johnny Tyronne. While on a promotional tour of Pakistan, Johnny is drugged, kidnapped and whisked away to a mythical Middle East country. Play on Netflix.

'Mars Attacks' -- Flying saucers have been seen over the capitals of the world, and the whole world awaits with bated breath to see what will transpire. Among those waiting is the U.S. president (Jack Nicholson), who is assured by his science advisor (Pierce Brosnan) that the coming aliens are utterly peaceful. Hah! Play on Netflix.

'Mr. Saturday Night' -- Comedian Billy Crystal made his directorial debut with this biography of fictional comedian Buddy Young Jr. (portrayed by Crystal), whose self-destructive tendencies prevent him from rising to top of the show business ladder during his five-decade career. Play on Netflix.

'My Fellow Americans' -- In this comedy, Russell P. Kramer (Jack Lemmon) and Matt Douglas (James Garner) are two former U.S. presidents who sit on opposite sides of the political fence. Kramer is a stuffy Republican, reluctant to part with a dollar, while Douglas is a left-leaning Democrat with an eye for the ladies. Play on Netflix.

'Ocean's 11' -- During a Los Angeles Christmas, a group of 82nd Airborne WWII vets assembles under the leadership of gamblin' man Danny Ocean (Frank Sinatra) to rip off five Las Vegas casinos just after the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day. Play on Netflix.

'One Crazy Summer' -- Hoops is a cartoonist working on a teen love story that he hopes will get him accepted into art school. Cassandra is a troubled young woman about to lose her home to a money-hungry developer. Characters with names like Squid Calamari, Clay Stork or Ack Ack Raymond are involved in the unfolding romance and figure in several slapstick routines. Play on Netflix.



Drama/Thriller

'Bonnie and Clyde' -- Based loosely on the true exploits of Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) during the '30s. Director Arthur Penn's tour-de-force film that changed the face of American cinema. Play on Netflix.

'Brothers' -- Jim Sheridan's film, adapted from Susanne Bier's 2004 movie, concerns Captain Sam Cahill (Tobey Maguire), a Marine who receives orders to ship out for yet another tour of duty in Afghanistan. But before he leaves his supportive wife Grace (Natalie Portman) and his two elementary-school-age daughters, Sam picks up his black sheep brother, Tommy (Jake Gyllenhaal), who has finished a prison stretch for robbing a bank. Play on Netflix.

'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' -- This dynamic and commanding adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play focuses on a troubled Southern family and the discord over their dying father's millions. Play on Netflix.

'Chariots of Fire' -- Based on a true story, 'Chariots of Fire' is the internationally acclaimed Oscar-winning drama of two very different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Play on Netflix.

'City by the Sea' -- A man struggling to come to terms with the sins of his father makes the terrible discovery that his own son has fallen into a life of crime in a drama based on a true story. Play on Netflix.

'Descent'
-- An act of violence throws a young woman's life into disarray in this independent drama, the first feature from director Talia Lugacy. Play on Netflix.

'Dial M for Murder' -- British tennis pro Ray Milland suspects that his wealthy wife Grace Kelly is fooling around with handsome American Robert Cummings. Milland blackmails a disgraced former army comrade (Anthony Dawson) into murdering Kelly and making it look like the work of a burglar. Play on Netflix.

'Diner' -- Writer-director Barry Levinson's autobiographical first feature fondly remembers his Baltimore youth. It's late 1959, and six guys in their early twenties are stumbling into adulthood, alternating responsibility with carefree time at their local diner. Play on Netflix.

'Disclosure' -- Michael Douglas runs afoul of a treacherous female supervisor in this film version of Michael Crichton's novel. Play on Netflix.

'Doctor Zhivago' -- Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, 'Doctor Zhivago' covers the years prior to, during and after the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of poet/physician Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif). Play on Netflix.

'Eyes Wide Shut'
-- William (Tom Cruise) and Alice Harford (Nicole Kidman), a physician and a gallery manager, are wealthy, successful and travel in a sophisticated social circle. A certain amount of decadence crosses their paths on occasion, and a visit to a formal-dress party leads them into sexual temptation when William is drafted into helping a beautiful girl who has overdosed on drugs and Alice is charmed by a man bent on seduction. Director Stanley Kubrick's last film. Play on Netflix.

'The Fountain' -- 'Requiem for a Dream' director Darren Aronofsky switches gears from drug-induced urban malaise to abstract science fiction with this time-tripping symbolic tale of a man's 1,000-year quest to save the woman he loves. Play on Netflix.

'Giant' -- James Dean, Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor star in this epic Western tracing two generations of a wealthy family and their feud with a cowboy turned oil tycoon. Play on Netflix.

'The Good German'
-- A U.S. Army war correspondent is drawn into a deadly mystery in post-war Berlin as he seeks out his wartime mistress in this adaptation of Joseph Kanon's best-selling novel. Play on Netflix.

'Goodfellas' -- Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling 'Wiseguy,' the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Play on Netflix.

'Howards End'--One of the best Ismail Merchant/James Ivory films, this adaptation of E. M. Forster's classic 1910 novel shows in careful detail the injuriously rigid British class consciousness of the early 20th century. The film's catalyst is "poor relation" Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson), who inherits part of the estate of Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), an upper-class woman whom she had befriended. Play on Netflix.

'Insomnia' -- Al Pacino stars as Detective Will Dormer, an L.A.P.D. who temporarily escapes an internal affairs investigation that may ruin his career by traveling to Nightmute, Alaska, the remote site of a murder that has the local authorities flummoxed. Play on Netflix.

'JFK' -- New Orleans D.A. Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) refuses to believe the official report surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and takes it upon himself to investigate in Oliver Stone's classic historical drama. Play on Netflix.

'Mean Streets' -- Returning to the autobiographical milieu of his 1968 debut 'Who's That Knocking at My Door?' for his third feature, Martin Scorsese examined the daily struggles of a wannabe hood to keep his morals straight on the streets of Little Italy. Play on Netflix.

'Network' -- Howard Beale (Peter Finch), the dean of newscasters at the United Broadcasting System, is put out to pasture because he "skews old." Network executive Max Schumacher (William Holden), Howard's best friend, is forced to deliver the bad news. Beale can't stomach the idea of losing his 25-year post as anchorman simply because of age, so in his next broadcast he announces to the viewers that he's going to commit suicide on his final program. Play on Netflix.

'The Outsiders' -- Teen rivalry in a small Southern town sets the stage for this dramatic interpretation of the novel by S.E. Hinton. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, 'The Outsiders' tells the story of the ongoing conflict between the Greasers and the Socs in rural Oklahoma. Play on Netflix.

'Pay it Forward' -- A young boy stumbles upon a simple way to change the world in this drama. Play on Netflix.

'The Robe' -- Based on the best-selling novel by Lloyd C. Douglas, the film stars Richard Burton as the Roman tribune who is assigned by a weary Pontius Pilate (Richard Boone) to supervise the crucifixion of Christ. Play on Netflix.

'The Rookie' -- Twelve years ago, the pro baseball aspirations of Texas pitcher Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) were derailed by a severe shoulder injury. Jim became a high school science teacher and baseball coach, married his sweetheart, Lorri (Rachel Griffiths), and settled down to raise a family. After corrective surgery repairs, despite the longstanding damage to his shoulder, Jim discovers that he can pitch a ball even faster than he could before. Play on Netflix.

'The Science of Sleep' -- Inventive 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' director Michel Gondry takes a surreal trip through the mind of an introverted but wildly creative man whose attempts to balance his colorful dreams with his stark reality are complicated by the arrival of a beautiful woman in his life. Play on Netflix.

'Shutter Island' -- The film opens in 1954 as World War II veteran and current federal marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his new partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), ferry to Shutter Island, a water-bound mental hospital housing the criminally insane. They have been asked to investigate the disappearance of Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), a patient admitted to the asylum after she murdered her three children. Play on Netflix.

'Sweet November' -- Sara Deever (Charlize Theron) is a beautiful young woman who begins a new romantic relationship with a man each month, then helps him to evolve into a better and kinder human being before she moves on to the next partner. Play on Netflix.

'Tightrope' -- Clint Eastwood plays a New Orleans detective determined to track down a serial killer of prostitutes. Complicating matters is the fact that the unknown culprit is very likely an S&M fetishist ... and so is Eastwood. Play on Netflix.

'Valley of the Dolls' -- A cinematic take on a 1960s best-seller, 'Valley of the Dolls' traces the ups and downs of three young women as fame, booze, pills and men consume their lives. Play on Netflix.

'We Don't Live Here Anymore' -- Two marriages and four lives are brought to a crossroads by infidelity in this drama, based on a pair of short stories by author Andre Dubus. Play on Netflix.

'Without Limits' -- Billy Crudup stars as the ill-fated athlete who overcame physical obstacles to win an NCAA championship and compete in the 1972 Munich Olympics. Play on Netflix.


Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

'2001: A Space Odyssey' -- A mind-bending sci-fi symphony, Stanley Kubrick's landmark 1968 epic pushed the limits of narrative and special effects toward a meditation on technology and humanity. Play on Netflix.

'A Clockwork Orange' -- Stanley Kubrick dissects the nature of violence in this darkly ironic, near-future satire, adapted from Anthony Burgess' novel. Play on Netflix.

'The Craft' -- After killing her mother in childbirth, growing up in San Francisco with her father and stepmother, attempting suicide, and moving to Los Angeles, Sarah (Robin Tunney) makes a brief stab at popularity at her new Catholic high school. Play on Netflix.

'Creature from the Black Lagoon'
-- Universal Pictures introduced audiences to yet another classic movie monster with this superbly crafted film. The story involves the members of a fossil-hunting expedition down a dark tributary of the mist-shrouded Amazon, where they enter the domain of a prehistoric, amphibious "Gill Man" -- possibly the last of a species of fanged, clawed humanoids who may have evolved entirely underwater. Play on Netflix.

'Hellraiser' -- The feature-film debut of multi-talented author-filmmaker Clive Barker, this grim and surreal project is based on the writer-director's own novella 'The Hell-Bound Heart.' Play on Netflix.

'Johnny Mnemonic' -- In a near-future world in which the fast-paced digital lifestyle has given rise to a worldwide plague called Nerve Attenuation Syndrome, Johnny (Keanu Reeves), a data courier, accepts an assignment that he hopes will allow him to pay for the restoration of the childhood memories he dumped in order to outfit his brain with the microchip necessary for him to carry out his profession. Play on Netflix.

'The Lost Boys' -- In this hit '80s hybrid of the horror movie and the teen flick, a single mom and her two sons become involved with a pack of vampires when they move into an offbeat Northern California town. Play on Netflix.

'Poltergeist' -- A family in a peaceful suburb are plagued by a malevolent supernatural force. Play on Netflix.

'Queen of the Damned' -- Stuart Townsend is the vampire Lestat, who has awakened from a century-long slumber and turned his considerable energy to rock music. His vampirism identity mistaken for a gothic hard rock publicity stunt along the lines of Kiss or Marilyn Manson, he quickly becomes a pop music sensation. Lestat's powerful music reaches the ear of the slumbering Akasha (Aaliyah), the millennia-old "queen of the vampires" who was the first immortal bloodsucker. Play on Netflix.

'Robocop' -- Set in Detroit sometime in the near future, the film is about a policeman (Peter Weller) killed in the line of duty whom the department decides to resurrect as a half-human, half-robot supercop. Play on Netflix.

'Sphere' -- Barry Levinson directed this $100+ million adaptation of Michael Crichton's science fiction novel about the investigation of a half-mile-long spacecraft sitting on the South Pacific ocean floor. Play on Netflix.

'Timecop' -- Based on a comic book story, this futuristic film follows the time-travel exploits of policeman Max Walker (Jean-Claude Van Damme). Play on Netflix.

'The Wizard of Oz' -- The third and definitive film adaptation of L. Frank Baum's 1900 children's fantasy, this musical adventure is a genuine family classic that made Judy Garland a star for her heartfelt performance as Dorothy Gale, an orphaned young girl unhappy with her drab black-and-white existence on her aunt and uncle's dusty Kansas farm. Play on Netflix.


Television

'Farscape: Seasons 1-3' -- The ongoing adventures of astronaut John Crichton who is inadvertently transported to an alien world embroiled in conflict. Play on Netflix.

'The IT Crowd: Series 4' -- The fourth season of the British comedy series revolving around the misfits of Reynholm Industries' IT department. Play on Netflix.

'The Kids in the Hall: Seasons 1-5' -- The entirety of the bizarre Canadian sketch comedy show created by Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald and Bruce McCulloch. Play on Netflix.

'The Larry Sanders Show: Seasons 1-4' -- The first four seasons of the comedy series created by Garry Shandling satirizing late-night talk shows. Play on Netflix.

'SNL: Seasons 26-30' -- Traces the classic sketch comedy series from 2000-2005. Play on Netflix.

'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' -- The first season of the bloody, raunchy Starz series cataloging the roots of the legendary gladiator. Play on Netflix.


Editor's Sleeper Pick:

'Trick 'r Treat' -- With four interwoven tales concerning a high-school principal who moonlights as a vicious serial killer, a college-age virgin who's saving herself for that special someone, a woman whose hatred of Halloween is only exceeded by her husband's love of the mischievous holiday, and a callous group of teens who carry out an unforgivably cruel prank, this fall frightener mixes Tarantino-style storytelling with the kind of chills that can only occur on the darkest day of the year. Play on Netflix.


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

'The Last Exorcism' -- When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine "exorcism" on a disturbed religious fanatic. What he discovers is far more terrifying than he could have imagined.

'Machete' -- Robert Rodriguez brings a new breed of antihero to the big screen in this hyper-violent adaptation of the "fake" trailer originally featured in the 2007 double-feature exploitation throwback Grindhouse.

'Salt' -- Angelina Jolie stars as a CIA operative on the run in this spy thriller that focuses on the plight of a government agent who's been wrongly accused of being a Russian assassin out to take down the U.S. president.

'Shrek Forever After' -- After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws' kingdom, what's an ogre to do? Well, if you're Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man.

'Despicable Me' (Jan 6) -- A mysterious criminal mastermind has stolen one of the pyramids in Egypt, sparking a fit of jealous envy in evil genius Gru (Steve Carell), who hasn't managed to make headlines since he and his minions swiped the Times Square JumboTron years back.


Redbox New Releases as of 01/04
(Look for Redbox kiosks at your local grocery store or McDonald's restaurant. The films can be rented overnight for just $1)

'Dinner for Schmucks' -- An ambitious executive accepts an invitation from his boss to attend a dinner party where high-powered professionals make fun of unsuspecting dimwits

'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.

'The Last Exorcism'
-- When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine "exorcism" on a disturbed religious fanatic. What he discovers is far more terrifying than he could have imagined.