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On Demand movie highlights

MARGARET ½

(HBO on Comcast) Typically, 11 years between movies means Terrence Malick has returned. But, apparently, Kenneth Lonergan also works at a perfectionist’s pace. His first movie since ‘‘You Can Count on Me’’ is a starry kind of everyday highbrow social X-ray, about a privileged 17-year-old (Anna Paquin) trying to balance her sense of melodrama with her sense of moral duty. She’s unlikable, but imperfection doesn’t equate with badness or villainy. We have warts, and we deserve to see them. (R; runs through Feb. 4)

DICKIE ROBERTS: FORMER CHILD STAR ½

(Showtime on Comcast) David Spade co-wrote and stars in this film about celebrity demise, in which a washed-up actor seeks new fame. This is a comedy that’s too close to pop-culture tragedy to be truly funny. A lot of it is painfully unfunny, but often for bizarre if not entertaining reasons. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 5)

THE THREE STOOGES ½

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(HBO on Comcast) Who knows why Bobby and Peter Farrelly bothered with a Three Stooges movie. But Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, and Will Sasso work themselves silly as Moe, Larry, and Curly in 2012. That’s not to say that the movie is essential or even that it’s good. But it’s performed with the kind of abandon required for, say, having a rat nestled in your bosom. (PG; runs through March 26)

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