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On Demand movie highlights

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

(TMC on Comcast) The latest cinematic mind-bender from writer Charlie Kaufman isn’t up there with “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation,” but it’s deranged in interesting and affecting ways. Jim Carrey plays a sad sack who pays to have his memories of ex-girlfriend Kate Winslet removed from his brain. Then he changes his mind, or, rather, tries not to change his mind.

(R; runs through Dec. 6)

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(TMC on Comcast) The latest in the recent wave of geriatric actionfests trading on the novelty of old folks getting medieval with guns, bombs, you name it. Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Dame Helen Mirren are the retired CIA assassins on the loose; it’s a decent joke brought down by sloppy filmmaking and slack storytelling. With Mary-Louise Parker. (PG-13; runs through Dec. 6)

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(Comcast Free Movies) Sprightly comedy based on the interchangeability of movie producers and mobsters — smartly written and juicily acted. John Travolta plays a cool thug who goes to Hollywood to collect on a debt and decides it’s time to change careers. Delicious support from Gene Hackman as a shlockmeister, Rene Russo as a disillusioned scream queen, Danny DeVito as the fickle little megastar of the title, and Delroy Lindo as local muscle who also wants into the movie biz. (R; runs through
Dec. 5)

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