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On Demand movie highlights

THE RUNDOWN ½

(Cinemax on Comcast) A loud, inane adrenaline rush of a movie in which professional wrestling’s The Rock plays a “retrieval expert” who wants out of the bounty-hunting business. His last mission involves dragging his boss’s wayward son Travis (Seann William Scott) back to Los Angeles from the jungles of Brazil. First there’s an ancient artifact to be retrieved, rebels to fight, and Christopher Walken’s self-parody to be avoided. (PG-13; runs through Dec. 13)

DARKMAN ½

(Comcast Free Movies) The Phantom of the Opera turned into the Phantom of the Laboratory as scientist Liam Neeson, mutilated by sadistic thugs, slips a capelike coat and wide-brimmed slouch hat over his bandages and grandly revenges himself with demented flair in a series of entertainingly hyperkinetic comic-book lurches, propelled by director Sam Raimi’s motor-rhythmed pop sensibility. (R; runs through Jan. 17)

THE JACKAL ½

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(Comcast Free Movies) A slick, proficient but curiously uninvolving retooling of the 1973 “Day of the Jackal.” This one’s a duet between bad terrorist Bruce Willis, methodically setting up the assassination of a high-ranking American, and good terrorist Richard Gere, sprung from prison by the FBI to stop him. The best thing in the film is Diane Venora’s Russian militia liaison. She grabs us with a Ninotchka number as the rest of the film tries to transfix us with the foreplay of death. (R; runs through Jan. 31)

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