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THE GRACE CARD ½

(Encore on Comcast) A low-budget Christian indie that just clears the runway on the sincerity of its performances and inclusiveness of its message. Two cops —an upbeat part-time pastor (Michael Higgenbottom) and a racist jerk (Michael Joiner) — learn about forgiveness. Director David G. Evans leans on meat-and-potatoes melodrama rather than overt evangelizing. With Louis Gossett Jr. (PG-13; runs through Nov. 15)

IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU ½

(Encore on Comcast) Romantic comedy about cop Nicolas Cage, who keeps his word to waitress Bridget Fonda and splits a winning lottery ticket with her, much to the displeasure of his money-mad wife, Rosie Perez. Cage is affectingly tender and Fonda is softly dazzling, but the script almost smothers in niceness. It needs grit — and a fairer shake for the bad-news spouses. (PG; runs through Nov. 8)

BELOVED ½

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(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) Oprah Winfrey is the driving force behind this strong, dark, tangled powerhouse of a film, based on Toni Morrison’s acclaimed novel celebrating African-American endurance. As a woman still waiting for the scars of slavery to heal eight years after Emancipation, aching for the daughter she lost, and finding it harder and harder to maintain the iron control that got her through it all, Winfrey delivers a performance of epic integrity in a flawed but magnificent film. (R; runs through Nov. 15)

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