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On Demand movie picks

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES ★★★

(Comcast Movies: All Movies) An unexpectedly entertaining, even dramatically moving attempt to reboot the “Apes’’ franchise by rethinking the origin story as a mix of “Frankenstein,’’ “Rebel Without a Cause,’’ “Spartacus,’’ and “Project Nim.’’ The CGI apes are hit-and-miss, but Andy Serkis provides the main character with genuine soul. With James Franco, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 17) TY BURR

THE BACK UP PLAN ★★

(Showtime on Comcast) A single woman (Jennifer Lopez) decides to cease man hunting and conceive a child on her own. Not long after the insemination, she meets a perfectly reasonable candidate for a partner (Alex O’Loughlin). In another universe this might have been an interesting comedy. Alas, it’s a romantic comedy starring Lopez. So it can’t be interesting at all. With Linda Lavin. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 17) WESLEY MORRIS

SPEECHLESS ★★ ½

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(HBO on Comcast) Michael Keaton and Geena Davis are better than their material in this romantic comedy casting them as spin doctors in love. It’s too soft and sweet and languidly paced to take full advantage of the potential for political satire and skullduggery. Suggests (but was not based on) the real-life story of James Carville and Mary Matalin. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 16)

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