On Demand movie picks

BABEL ★★ ½

(Comcast Movie Collections: Leonard Maltin Picks) Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and writer Guillermo Arriaga (“Amores Perros’’ and “21 Grams’’) are back with an even more ambitious tale of human disconnectedness. Four globe-spanning stories (one of which stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett) are slowly revealed to be linked. Like “Crash,’’ it’s a movie you know is Important because it never stops telling you so. In English, Spanish, Berber, Japanese, Arabic, and sign language, with subtitles. (R; runs through April 5) TY BURR


(Comcast Movie Collections: Black Cinema) A by-the-numbers basketball drama that’s also 2 1/2 hours of sermonizing about the state of urban youth. Samuel L. Jackson plays the daunting real-life California high school coach who wouldn’t let his team play unless they got better grades. His lectures on self-worth are important, but the long and cluttered movie is not. (PG-13; runs through April 5) WESLEY MORRIS



(Comcast Movie Collections: Streampix) An overly simplistic take on a screenwriter who flees the House Un-American Activities Committee, only to return as a hero standing up to its bullying. What happens in the meantime? He spends a reinvigorating interlude as an amnesiac mistaken for a war hero and rallying a small town to resuscitate a closed-down movie theater. Jim Carrey plays the lead with his face hanging out, trying too hard to be liked. It’s stillborn Capra-corn. (PG; runs through May 1)

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of