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On Demand movie highlights

GREENBERG

(Cinemax on Comcast) Another darkly comic portrait of a narcissist from writer-director Noah Baumbach (‘‘The Squid and the Whale,’’ ‘‘Margot at the Wedding’’), this lets Ben Stiller shade his satiric-dolt persona into dramatic territory as a self-absorbed lost boy in his 40s. Not everyone’s cup of hemlock, but it’s Baumbach’s leanest, most confident movie yet — possibly his best. With Greta Gerwig. (R; runs through Dec. 13)

CEDAR RAPIDS

(HBO on Comcast) Were it 60 minutes shorter, Miguel Arteta’s comedy would fit seamlessly in NBC’s Thursday lineup. It’s about Midwestern insurance companies vying for a lucrative endorsement from an industry kingmaker. The movie shouldn’t work, yet it does. Nearly all of it revolves around an agent played by Ed Helms, who on ‘‘The Daily Show,’’ ‘‘The Office,’’ and in ‘‘The Hangover’’ cultivated a boob persona that deservedly receives a movie of its own. (R; runs through Dec. 17)

DANCES WITH WOLVES ½

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(Cinemax on Comcast) This great Western is extraordinary in its heartfelt determination to set the record straight about Indians and our dealing with them, in this case a Sioux tribe, befriended by an unusually open US Cavalry officer played by Kevin Costner, who also makes a remarkable directing debut. (PG-13; runs through Dec. 13)

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