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
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Action/Adventure

'American Ninja 5' -- In this youthful martial arts adventure, a young ninja teams up with his master to save a scientist's daughters from kidnappers. Play on Netflix.

'Battleground' -- This dramatization of the battles of Bastogne and the Bulge in the waning days of World War II concentrates on a single infantry unit. Van Johnson and John Hodiak are the ostensible stars, but the film is stolen by James Whitmore as the cigar-chomping, battle-stained sergeant. Play on Netflix.


'Final Approach' -- Dean Cain and Anthony Michael Hall go toe-to-toe at 30,000 feet in this action-packed miniseries that finds a radical terrorist poised to take down a domestic flight or die trying. Play on Netflix.

'Hellbound' -- The story begins with the ritualistic murder of a Chicago rabbi. Detectives Shatter (Chuck Norris) and Jackson (Calvin Levels) are assigned to the case, and are compelled to follow the trail of evidence all the way to Israel (where the film was lensed in its entirety ... even the Chicago sequences). Once in the Holy Land, Shatter and Jackson discover that the murderer is a centuries-old supernatural entity, a malevolent creature determined to "cleanse" the world. Play on Netflix.

'Journey to the Center of the Earth' -- This made-for-cable take on Jules Verne's classic tale stars Golden Globe winner Rick Schroder as the leader of a treacherous mission miles below the Earth's surface. Play on Netflix.

'The Road Warrior' -- Several years after the deaths of his wife and child, Max (Mel Gibson) has become an alienated nomad, wandering an Australian outback that has fallen into tribal warfare conducted from scattered armed camps. Play on Netflix.

Comedy/Musical


'Arthur 2: On the Rocks'
-- In this sequel to the 1981 hit comedy 'Arthur,' the story picks up where it left off with the bibulous millionaire hero (Dudley Moore) marrying poverty-stricken Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli). Play on Netflix.

'Greased Lightning' -- Based on the life story of NASCAR auto racing champion Wendell Scott, this film, starring Richard Pryor as Scott, covers his struggles -- from the end of World War II to 1971 -- to overcome racism and gain the freedom to demonstrate his winning auto-racing skills to everyone. Play on Netflix.

'The Iron Giant' -- Set in 1957, 'The Iron Giant' focuses on Hogarth (voice of Eli Marienthal), an imaginative 9-year-old boy who daydreams of alien invasions and doing battle with Communist agents. One day, Hogarth hears a local fisherman talk about something that surpasses anything he could dream up: a 50-foot robot that fell from the sky into a nearby lake. Play on Netflix.

'Romance & Cigarettes' -- Actor and filmmaker John Turturro wrote and directed this emotionally resonant blend of music and drama; many of the characters in the film periodically turning to their favorite songs to explain and amplify their emotions, lip-synching along with the original recordings. Play on Netflix.

'The Six Wives of Henry Lefay' -- A funeral gets sticky when a group of former wives bicker over the burial arrangements in this indie comedy. Tim Allen stars in the title role, a salesman whose disappearance after a skydiving trip leads his current and former families to believe that his time has passed. Play on Netflix.

Drama/Thriller


'Body Heat' -- Lawrence Kasdan's first directorial effort is a throwback to the early days of film noir. The scene is a beastly hot Florida coastal town, where naive attorney Ned (William Hurt) is entranced by the alluring Matty (Kathleen Turner in her film debut). Ned is manipulated into killing Matty's much older husband (Richard Crenna), the plan being that Ned's knowledge of legal matters will enable both conspirators to escape scot-free. Play on Netflix.

'A Christmas Memory' -- Made for television, 'A Christmas Memory' is adapted from the wistful short story by Truman Capote, previously filmed in 1967 as a one-hour episode of ABC Stage 67. Play on Neflix.

'Dorian Gray' -- A vain London playboy offers his soul in exchange for eternal beauty in this adaptation of the chilling tale by Oscar Wilde. Play on Netflix.

'Forever Mine' -- Writer-director Paul Schrader explored his well-documented interest in film noir with this modern-day crime story. A horribly disfigured man named Manuel Esquema (Joseph Fiennes) is called upon to help out Mark Brice (Ray Liotta), a former city councilman in a wealthy New York community. Brice has been accused of some serious financial irregularities, and Esquema is the sort of "fixer" who might be able to make his problems go away. Play on Netflix.

'The Illustrated Man' -- This science fiction fantasy is taken from the stories of Ray Bradbury. Carl (Rod Steiger) has a tattooed torso of bizarre illustrations done by his wife Felicia (Claire Bloom). Each one tells a story about the future, and when Will (Robert Drivas) meets The Illustrated Man in a hobo jungle en route to California, Carl warns him not to look too closely at the pictures on his person. Play on Netflix.

'Night Moves' -- Private eye Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman) is dedicated to his job, but his dedication does not make him happy or powerful in his personal life, and his wife (Susan Clark) is cheating on him. Aging actress Arlene Iverson (Janet Ward) hires Harry to find her trust-funded daughter Delly (Melanie Griffith), distracting Harry from his marital problems as he tracks the lascivious runaway teen to Florida. Play on Netflix.

'The Right Stuff' -- Covering some 15 years, The Right Stuff recounts the formation of America's space program, concentrating on the original Mercury astronauts. Play on Netflix.

Horror/Sci-Fi/Fantasy


'Amusement' -- When three females are brought together as part of a malevolent plan, their worst fears soon become a terrifying reality in a dark thriller from writer Jake Wade Wall and director John Simpson. Play on Netflix.

'Backwoods' -- A team-building wilderness weekend turns into a waking nightmare when a group of adventurous L.A. executives fall prey to a relentless killer. Play on Netflix.

'Blade Runner: Theatrical Cut' -- Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard's former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives who hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants. Play on Netflix.

'The Swarm' -- Killer bees migrate to the U.S. from Africa via South America in this disaster film produced and directed by the genre's chief architect, Irwin Allen, and written by Stirling Silliphant, scribe of 'The Poseidon Adventure.' Play on Netflix.

'Them!' --A little girl is found wandering in the desert in a state of complete shock. When she finally revives, she can scream out only one word: "Them!" Any aficionado of 1950s horror films can readily tell you that "Them" are giant ants, a byproduct of the radiation attending the atomic bomb tests of the era. Play on Netflix.

Television


'Spartacus: Gods of the Arena' -- This second series of the red hot Starz Network series, more a prequel than a followup, tells the story of the gladiators who passed through the House of Batiatus before the legendary Spartacus. Play on Netflix.

'Tin Man' -- This twisted variation on L. Frank Baum's classic tale follows a young girl named D.G. and her new-found friends as they embark on a wondrous adventure through the Outer Zone (O.Z.) on a mission to locate a powerful wizard known as the Mystic Man, and break the spell of the wicked sorceress Azkadellia. Play on Netflix.

Author's Sleeper Pick:


'Flash Point'
-- SPL power duo Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen re-team for this raucous action film about a loose-cannon cop on the trail of three drug-dealing brothers. Jun (Yen) is the kind of cop who always gets his man, but may set a whole city block ablaze in the process. Play on Netflix.


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


'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest'
-- In the final installment of the "Millennium Trilogy," Lisbeth Salander is fighting for her life in more ways than one. In intensive care and charged with three murders, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

'Saw: The Final Chapter' -- The Saw series continues with this seventh entry, spearheaded by returning Saw VI director Kevin Greutert. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton also are back to pen the script, which details the exploits of serial killer Jigsaw's surviving victims, who seek counseling from a self-help mentor (Sean Patrick Flanery) whose past as a previous victim figures directly into each one's fate.

'Secretariat' -- Based on the Novel "Secretariat: The Making of a Champion" By William Nack, 'Secretariat' chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner.


Redbox
New Releases as of 1/26

(Look for Redbox kiosks at your local grocery store or McDonald's restaurant. The films can be rented overnight for just $1)


'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.

'Open Season 3' -- The adventures of everyone's favorite Grizzly Bear continue in this sequel that finds Boog joining the circus after Elliot and the rest of his pals pass on their annual boys-only retreat.

'Red' -- Frank (Bruce Willis), Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren) used to be the CIA's top agents--but the secrets they know just made them the Agency's top targets. Now framed for assassination, they must use all of their collective cunning, experience and teamwork to stay one step ahead of their deadly pursuers and stay alive.

'Saw: The Final Chapter' -- The Saw series continues with this seventh entry, spearheaded by returning Saw VI director Kevin Greutert. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton also are back to pen the script, which details the exploits of serial killer Jigsaw's surviving victims, who seek counseling from a self-help mentor (Sean Patrick Flanery) whose past as a previous victim figures directly into each one's fate.
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