On Demand movie highlights


(Starz on Comcast) Screenwriter John Brownlow and director Christine Jeffs try presenting Sylvia Plath’s angst in cinematic terms. The results are mixed, but often noble. The movie skimps on her poetry and focuses on her toxic marriage to fellow poet Ted Hughes (Daniel Craig), but Gwyneth Paltrow’s shrewdly measured interpretation of Plath inclines you to forgive the film’s melodramatic adventures. (R; runs through March 16)

Wesley Morris


(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) The title of this movie about a Manhattan bicycle messenger sounds like an energy drink. Energy it has — too much. Trickiness, ditto. If the plot had any more gears — a romantic triangle, gambling debts, Chinatown gangsters, a race against time — it would be a mountain bike. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as the messenger, is smart and fast and looks just fine hunched over a set of handlebars. (PG-13; runs through March 22)

Mark Feeney


(Comcast Free Movies) In this dull sequel, Anna Chlumsky goes to LA for spring break to investigate the deceased mother she never knew. Against a 1970s backdrop, she meets an oh-so-quirky cast of characters, including a cute boy to replace the deceased Macaulay Culkin from the first movie. The acting is half-hearted, and the schematic script is lousy with lines like “It’s not easy being a woman.” (PG; runs through April 1)