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On Demand movie highlights

THE PROTECTOR

(Comcast Free Movies) When poachers kill his dad and steal his two elephants, Thailand’s martial arts star Tony Jaa hops on a plane from his Thai village to Sydney for rescue and revenge. The latter results in many loudly broken bones. The movie is proudly absurd, but when Jaa fights, which is pretty much the entire time, it’s impossible to resist. (R; runs through Feb. 12)

THE SQUID AND THE WHALE ½

(Comcast Free Movies) An exquisitely observed, darkly comic tale of divorce from writer-director Noah Baumbach. The sense of time and place — Park Slope, Brooklyn, 1986 — is spot-on, and the writing is ruthlessly honest about the romantic delusions of post-’60s yuppie bohemians. Jeff Daniels gives a career-peak performance as the imposing dad — a faded novelist and literate bully. With Laura Linney and Jesse Eisenberg. (R; runs through Feb. 13)

PRIMARY COLORS ½

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(Showtime on Comcast) Neither a Clinton apologia nor a screenful of crude sex-scandal jokes, this sad, funny, satisfyingly complicated, surprisingly compassionate look at the inseparable good and bad sides of a presidential candidate cuts deeper than most big pop entertainments. Terrific performances from John Travolta’s loose-cannon candidate; Emma Thompson’s fierce, smart, angry, loyal wife; Billy Bob Thornton’s shrewd strategist; and Adrian Lester’s campaign manager, whose innocence becomes the film’s moral battleground. (R; runs through March 1)

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