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BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) Benh Zeitlin’s astonishing first feature is a magical-realist fable that’s set in a small Louisiana community at the time of Hurricane Katrina but that plays like a primeval foundation myth. As the 6-year-old protagonist, Quvenzhané Wallis gives a performance that grows in majesty over the course of the film. (PG-13; runs through April 25)

BRIGHT STAR ½

(Starz on Comcast) A quiet, watchful, transporting film about the romance between the 19th-century poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and the seamstress Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). Director Jane Campion stands biopic clichés on their head by making Brawne the subject and Keats the limpid love object; the result is a woman’s film in deep and profound ways. (PG; runs through June 1)

THE BOXER ½

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(Comcast Free Movies) This frontline dispatch from troubled Belfast by the “In the Name of the Father” team amasses a considerable weight of agonized urgency. Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson fill the screen with suppressed sizzle. He’s a boxer trying to restart his life after serving 14 years for IRA activities, and she’s the old flame he can’t go near because she’s married to a man now inside. Brian Cox adds to the film’s impact as an IRA chieftain trying to preserve his reputation for toughness while walking a delicate line toward a peace settlement. (R; runs through April 5)

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