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On Demand movie highlights

I, ROBOT

(HBO on Comcast) Isaac Asimov’s pioneering 1950 collection of science-fiction stories has been remixed and remodeled into a stylish, watchable, very familiar future-cop action thriller. Will Smith, toying with a “Blade Runner”-style cynicism that doesn’t really fit, plays a detective in 2034 Chicago uncovering a global robot conspiracy. What was once original is now almost completely derivative. (PG-13; runs through April 8)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

(Comcast Free Movies) A near-perfect adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel that begins with money and ends with love. Director Ang Lee catches Austen’s tangy social satire and never sugar-coats the brutal economics looming over a widow and her three suddenly destitute daughters. This is Emma Thompson’s film, though, for which she is scriptwriter and star. Her role is that of the oldest sister, who may be too quick to veil her feelings. Kate Winslet is a wonderful counterweight as the impulsive sibling. Nothing but felicities here. (PG; runs through May 16)

RUNNING SCARED

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(Comcast Free Movies) In this ’80s crime film, Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal have some funny moments as Chicago undercover cops; however, the writing and direction is so subpar that it ends up seeming like the pilot for some TV series. (R; runs through July 31)

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