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On Demand movie highlights

CHASING MAVERICKS

(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) A fond tribute to the perseverance of the surfer Jay Moriarty, who, at 16, scaled a 50-foot-wave off the coast of Santa Cruz, Calif. In order to arrive at the great surfing you have to put up with a family movie of aggravating blandness. You have to really believe in messianic innocence and by-the-numbers screenwriting. With Gerard Butler and Elisabeth Shue. Directed, improbably, by Michael Apted and Curtis Hanson. (PG; runs through July 26)

WOLF ½

(Comcast Free Movies) In Mike Nichols’s darkly witty take on the werewolf legend, it’s not just Jack Nicholson who’s showing the effects of that magic bite — his whole world has gone feral. Nicholson gives a beautifully layered performance as a haughty book editor straddling the line between exhilaration at his new powers and terror at the new places they take him. (R; runs through May 17)

TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! JULIE NEWMAR

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(Comcast Free Movies) A comedy about a trio of drag queens (played by Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo) tracing a carefree path through the Midwestern boondocks when their yellow Caddy inauspiciously breaks down. Geared toward a mainstream audience, the film is buoyed by a bunch of warm, kicky performances. (PG-13; runs through May 24)

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