Television

On Demand movie highlights

SCARY MOVIE 3

(Starz on Comcast) This inferior second sequel to the Wayans brothers’ pointed 2000 parody grafts the head of “The Ring” onto the body of “Signs,” then adds all manner of impertinent gags that seem to have come from a popular-culture organ donor. It’s a mangy, intermittently funny, but ultimately tiresome movie monster. Anna Faris, returning as the series’ unflappable heroine, earns all her laughs. (PG-13; runs through June 7)

Wesley Morris

SMOKE ½

(Showtime on Comcast) Wayne Wang sends a not-uninteresting and often appealing bunch of characters — among them William Hurt, Harvey Keitel, Stockard Channing, Harold Perrineau Jr., and Ashley Judd — into orbit around a corner cigar store in Brooklyn. But the whimsy and playful fatefulness in Wang’s style and in Paul Auster’s screenplay are undercut by the obviousness of strings being pulled and lives being neatly tied up in packages. (R; runs through Feb. 19)

THE STORY OF US

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(Showtime on Comcast) Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer give it a good try, and even a warm one, in Rob Reiner’s comedy about a couple coming apart after 15 years of a loving but wearing marriage. The behavioral details are good, but the tone and resolution are too sitcom-like. Ultimately, we don’t feel we’ve covered enough ground in depth and complexity. (R; runs through Feb. 19)

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