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)

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