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On Demand movie highlights

CHOPPER

(TMC on Comcast) Fascinating if superficial take on Aussie career criminal Mark Reid, who earned the nickname “Chopper” when he sliced off the tops of his own ears to avoid certain retaliatory death after killing another convict in a Melbourne prison. It’s carried by Eric Bana in the title role. You’re never sure if Bana’s Chopper is going to kill you, or worry about hurting your feelings. (Unrated; runs through Nov. 1)

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES

(HBO on Comcast) The second movie adapted from Jeff Kinney’s kid-lit phenomenon actively builds up brotherhood themes to structure (read: Hollywoodize) the book’s anecdotal storytelling. Fortunately, the filmmakers also recognize the preaching their audience ultimately wants to hear: the kind that gets disrupted at church when Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) shows up with an unfortunate stain on his Sunday khakis. (PG; runs through Nov. 5)

THE ADDICTION

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(Encore on Comcast) Abel Ferrara’s downtown vampire movie means to mix bloodsucking with speculations on moral philosophy. But despite nice atmospherics and an arresting performance by Lili Taylor (as a bitten grad student turned anguished biter), the film lacks the intellectual dimension it needs to carry out its agenda. (Unrated; runs through Nov. 7)

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