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On Demand movie highlights

I HEART HUCKABEES ½

(Cinemax on Comcast) David O. Russell’s splattery, overstuffed, and pretty wonderful Philosophy 101 farce is one of the sanest movies in ages, despite being patently ridiculous. Jason Schwartzman plays an earnest young save-the-planet type who goes to a pair of Existential Detectives (Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman) to make sense of his life; Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Isabelle Huppert, and Mark Wahlberg join the pig pile. The resulting metaphysical vaudeville is an exhilarating mess and possibly the first all-star Zen koan. (R; runs through Dec. 20)

BLACK SHEEP ½

(Cinemax on Comcast) Think of this one as “Tommy Boy II,” as it reunites loose cannon Chris Farley and his hapless baby sitter, David Spade, for some predictable antics. Farley almost wrecks his brother’s gubernatorial candidacy, then saves the day with his high-energy, soft-hearted clowning — but his engaging huffing and puffing carries it. (PG-13; runs through Dec. 20)

THE PEACEMAKER ½

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(Comcast Free Movies) DreamWorks launched itself in a modest way in 1997, with this skillfully crafted but thoroughly predictable thriller. Anti-terrorists Nicole Kidman and George Clooney are all that’s standing between us and a big smoking radioactive crater where the UN used to be. (R; runs through Jan. 7)

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