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On Demand movie highlights

HOSTEL

(Comcast Free Movies) Folks who live for the snap of live flesh will have sequences to cheer in this gorefest from “Cabin Fever” director Eli Roth. Two young Americans backpacking through Europe wind up snared in a Slovakian torture ring. Roth is a solid storyteller, and the movie doesn’t lean too much on editing tricks for its scares, but it’s neither as terrifying nor as shocking as it wants to be. (R; runs through March 28)

LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS

(Comcast Free Movies) An entertainingly propulsive crime caper set in London’s East End, where the theatrical side of criminality is embodied by four cockney wise guys working their way up and down the criminal food chain, trying to get out from under a crushing debt incurred at a crooked card game. (R; runs through May 10)

HUDSON HAWK

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(Comcast Free Movies) In this globe-trotting spoof, Bruce Willis is a cat burglar who steals Leonardo da Vinci artifacts. It strives to be a screwball action movie, a spoof of James Bond, yet its jokes don’t fully jell and its action is just too laughable. (R; runs through July 1)

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