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On demand picks

COLD MOUNTAIN ★★★ ½

(Comcast Movie Collections: Oscar Films [Past Winners]) Charles Frazier’s bestseller about a Confederate soldier’s long walk home has been brought to the screen by Anthony Minghella (“The English Patient“) with taste, panache, and a knack for episodic brilliance, but the final half-hour is Hollywood business as usual. Jude Law mesmerizes as the hero and Renée Zellweger is a deep-dish hoot as a resourceful mountain woman, but Nicole Kidman, as Law’s beloved, suffers with increasingly absurd glamour. (R; runs through March 13) TY BURR

GOODFELLAS ★★★★

(Comcast Movie Collections: Mobs & Gangsters) Martin Scorsese’s rich, funny, brutal take on the mob is a classic, going further inside mob life than any other movie, demythifying it in a series of explosive short takes. Its dry, crackling quasi-documentary style rides brilliant, letter-perfect performances by Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino. (R; runs through March 5)

ALMOST FAMOUS ★★★ ½

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(Comcast Movie Collections: Grammy Winning Music) Rock on a roll. This semiautobiographical film by Cameron Crowe has Patrick Fugit as his 15-year-old self, Rolling Stone’s youngest writer ever, hitting the road with a loosely wrapped band fronted by Billy Crudup. The film’s heart comes from Kate Hudson (in a breakthrough performance as a groupie), with other terrific work by Philip Seymour Hoffman as the writer’s mentor and by Frances McDormand as his mother. (R; runs through March 5)

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