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On Demand movie highlights

DREDD

(Movies on Demand) Taking their cues from Christopher Nolan’s “Batman,” the filmmakers drop comic book super-cop Judge Dredd (Karl Urban, “Star Trek”) into a fictional concrete sprawl that’s relentlessly grounded, visually and dramatically. It drains the material of the punk-subversive craziness that’s always been unique about it, and leaves Urban twisting despite a tightly coiled performance. (R; runs through May 22)

FRANKENWEENIE

(Movies on Demand) Tim Burton’s stop-motion tale of a boy named Victor Frankenstein and his beloved undead dog is simple yet immensely pleasurable — elegant, very funny, and haunted gently by the ghosts of monster movies past. Charlie Tahan, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Martin Short, and Winona Ryder provide voices. (PG; runs through May 25)

CAST AWAY ½

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(Comcast Free Movies) A potent entertainment with another milestone role for Tom Hanks. This time his American Everyman is a FedEx workaholic marooned on a Pacific island, where he has lots of time to sort things out and never bores us while he’s doing it. It’s as if he and director Robert Zemeckis challenged themselves to make a film that’s mostly about that most un-American of subjects—silence—and they bring it off. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 18)

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