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(Starz on Comcast) Adam Sandler’s mid-life crisis, a little ahead of schedule. The first half is high-concept sugar at its most agreeable: a suburban dad gets a magic remote control that lets him mute the dog and fast-forward through foreplay. The second half is “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Happy Gilmore in place of George Bailey — a heartfelt meditation on mortality with fart jokes. Costarring Kate Beckinsale and Christopher Walken. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 7)

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(Starz on Comcast) Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore play a married couple who buy an amazing Brooklyn apartment, only to be driven half-crazy by their upstairs tenant, a little old lady (Eileen Essell) who nags them to the point of attempting murder. Danny DeVito directs, and the film plays like a toothless, predictable combination of his two unhappiest comedies, “Throw Momma From the Train” and “The War of the Roses.” A cheap and cloying contraption that doesn’t know when to stop smirking. (PG-13; runs through June 14)

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(Starz on Comcast) This could have been Stephen Baldwin’s breakthrough movie. He looks and sounds right as the tough New York street cop on whose story the film is based. But gritty authenticity is undermined by a cliched screenplay that insists on turning desperate lives into romantic melodrama. (R; runs through Jan. 31)

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