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THE EXTRA MAN

(Showtime on Comcast) A perfect fit for the bonding Manhattan misfits genre, starring Paul Dano as a gentle soul who may (or may not) be a cross-dresser and Kevin Kline as his landlord, a grandiloquent blowhard of a gigolo. Everything about the film except Dano’s luminous performance feels forced; John C. Reilly and Katie Holmes are among the misused. (R; runs through April 17)

COCO BEFORE CHANEL ½

(Starz on Comcast) In which we learn about the life of the legendary fashion designer when she was just a skinny young hat-making courtesan named Gabrielle. Having Audrey Tautou play her is a good idea, since it gives her an occasion she can rise to. It’s unclear what the director and co-writer, Anne Fontaine, think fashion means to Chanel. The movie fails to find any joy in her creations. With Benoît Poelvoorde and Alessandro Nivola as two of her lovers. (PG-13; runs through Aug. 1)

WALKING AND TALKING

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(Showtime on Comcast) An appealing comedy about a lifelong friendship between two women being tested by the fact that one of them is getting married. Terrific performances by Anne Heche as the jittery bride-to-be and Catherine Keener as the deprived single friend enhance this messy, everyday Nicole Holofcener flick. (R; runs through Feb. 19)

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