Television

On Demand movie highlights

THE CONSTANT GARDENER ½

(Showtime on Comcast) Ralph Fiennes plays a shy British diplomat in Kenya whose activist wife (Rachel Weisz) has uncovered nasty things about a pharmaceutical company’s Third World practices. Fernando Meirelles adapts the John le Carre novel with all the visual pizzazz of his “City of God” and little of the impact. Despite the film’s extremely urgent concerns and Fiennes’s fine performance, it’s a predictable conspiracy thriller. (R; runs through March 5) (Ty Burr)

MY LEFT FOOT

(Showtime on Comcast) Irish artist-author Christy Brown’s victory over paralysis is cinematized with nonstop heart and humor and a total avoidance of cliched uplift by first-time director Jim Sheridan. With an amazing performance by Daniel Day-Lewis. (R; runs through March 5)

THE ENGLISH PATIENT

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(Showtime on Comcast) This fine romantic epic is told in flashbacks by a burn victim at the close of World War II. Hospitalized after a plane crash, Ralph Fiennes — prompted by an angelic young nurse (Juliet Binoche) — relives the doomed romance he had with a sensual aristocrat (Kristin Scott Thomas). (R; runs through May 1)

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