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X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

(Comcast Movie Collections: Family Movie Night) The future of mutant-kind is under siege again. This time the American government is backing an antidote to the mutant species. Professor X (Patrick Stewart) wants to negotiate, but his old friend Magneto (Ian McKellen) wants a war. This third installment of the series is fat with ideas and emotionally scarred characters, some of whom, boldly, don’t make it to the closing credits. (PG-13; runs through June 25) Wesley Morris

ANOTHER YEAR ½

(STARZ on Comcast) Ostensibly, the happiest people in Mike Leigh’s rich, brutally sharp, astutely acted movie have chosen to share their lives with someone else. The least happy characters are single. Some of them become people we feel — or fear — we know. Whether or not we like them is less important than whether we leave the film with them on our minds. And we do. With Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen, and Jim Broadbent. (PG-13; runs through Oct. 5) Wesley Morris

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(STARZ on Comcast) This animated adventure about sled dogs in Alaska is a treat. The title hero is a wolf/husky half-breed who comes through in the clutch when a shipment of medicine has to make it to Nome, Alaska, during a diphtheria epidemic in 1925. Balto’s arrogant rival sled dog is a good villain; comic relief is well taken care of by a Russian-accented goose (voice by Bob Hoskins); and there’s even a “Lady and the Tramp”-style love story. (G; runs through Aug. 9)

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