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On Demand movie highlights

THE LUCKY ONES ½

(TMC on Comcast) This comedy puts Tim Robbins, Michael Peña, and Rachel McAdams in a car together from New York to Las Vegas and keeps the contrivances coming. But the drive and its glut of bogus complications provide an opportunity to keep learning about these characters and to experience how good acting can dispel your doubt about a movie. Director Neal Burger is a shaky screenwriter but he understands how to get the most out of his cast. McAdams is especially surprising as a woman whose goodness and naïveté are never completely at odds with her possible craziness. (R; runs through Nov. 29)

BRUCE ALMIGHTY ½

(Cinemax on Comcast) Jim Carrey plays a TV reporter to whom God (Morgan Freeman) gives all His powers — and who promptly uses them to entertain himself and improve his life. This comedy is basically about getting Carrey to stop acting up. But without his misbehaving, there’s no movie. Well, there’s no interesting movie — just more Jim-Carrey-catching-the-holy-ghost mumbo jumbo. (PG-13; runs through Dec. 6)

DEVIL ½

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(Cinemax on Comcast) Three-quarters of this M. Night Shyamalan-written and -produced (but not directed) thriller takes place in an elevator car stuck between the 21st and 22d floors of a skyscraper. Five souls are trapped there, then the killings begin. Despite the gimmick’s potential foibles, the devilry largely works. Performances are solid, the script nimble, and the plot keeps you guessing. (R; runs through Dec. 6)

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