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On Demand movie highlights

BRIDESMAIDS

(HBO on Comcast) A wedding comedy with Kristen Wiig as a woman in a funk who starts to freak out when her best friend (Maya Rudolph) gets married. The movie, which Wiig co-wrote and Paul Feig directed, seems bound to drown in loopy gags and aggressive misadventure. But at its core is the story of the strains a wedding puts on some friendships. That feels as true as all the gross business is funny. (R; runs through Feb. 18)

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

(HBO on Comcast) An unexpectedly entertaining, even dramatically moving attempt to reboot the ‘‘Apes’’ franchise by rethinking the origin story as a mix of ‘‘Frankenstein,’’ ‘‘Rebel Without a Cause,’’ ‘‘Spartacus,’’ and ‘‘Project Nim.’’ The CGI apes are hit-and-miss, but Andy Serkis provides the main character with genuine soul. With James Franco, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 18)

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(Comcast Movie Collections) The writer-director David Ayer has written what’s basically a buddy comedy-cop drama with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as LAPD partners. There are 6 million cop shows on television right now. On none of them will you hear two men speak to each other with as much natural affinity as these two. Why Ayer felt the need to distract from that with gimmicky hand-held camerawork is a mystery. (R; runs through May 22)

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