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On Demand movie highlights

THE TERMINAL

(HBO on Comcast) An adorable and problematic minor work from director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Hanks, who plays a traveler from a fictional Eastern European country forced to live at New York’s JFK airport for months. Crowd-pleasing in its comedy, touching in its drama, the film never strays out of its plastic universe to breathe real air, and it keeps coming down with the cutes. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stanley Tucci costar. (PG-13; runs through April 8)

BEL AMI

(Showtime on Comcast) “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson stars in a period piece about the rise of a rake in 1880s Paris. The actor’s too young and callow for the role and the movie doesn’t capture the sting of the Guy de Maupassant novel, but it’s a watchable melodrama with good performances by Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, and Kristin Scott Thomas. (R; runs through May 2)

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MY WEEK WITH MARILYN ½ (Showtime on Comcast) Michelle Williams is convincing and moving as Marilyn Monroe, circa 1957. The film itself is a stodgy period piece and self-defensive bit of grave-robbing on the part of memoirist Colin Clark (played as a young movie-set gofer by Eddie Redmayne), but Williams gets both Monroe’s insecurities and mystery. With Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier. (R; runs through May 4)

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