Arts

On Demand movie picks for 1/3/12

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS ★★ ½

(Showtime on Comcast) A manically playful revenge fantasia made from the spare parts of Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns and strapping World War II action flicks like “The Great Escape’’ and Enzo Castellari’s 1978 “The Inglorious Bastards,’’ from which Tarantino has mangled his title and much of his plot (R; runs through Jan. 17) TY BURR

THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS ★★★

(Encore on Comcast) Sweet, charming, funny “Cyrano de Bergerac’’ update set in contemporary Santa Monica. Ben Chaplin thinks he loves glamorous model Uma Thurman; really, he has fallen for bright, sensitive radio-talk-show veterinarian Janeane Garofalo, whose voice he thinks belongs to Thurman. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 26)

THE ABYSS ★★ ½

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(Encore on Comcast) OK undersea sci-fi, but director James Cameron can’t quite bring off these Close Encounters of the Wet Kind as civilian divers rescuing a trapped nuclear sub meet glowing pink aliens. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 2)

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