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On Demand movie highlights

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY ½

(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) Title notwithstanding, almost exactly as expected. More Middle-earth — the first third of Tolkien’s prequel story to “The Lord of the Rings” — Peter Jackson’s film has lots of sound and fury and not enough narrative momentum. Ian McKellan’s Gandalf and (joy) Andy Serkis’s Gollum return. With Martin Freeman. (PG-13; runs through Aug. 18)

LES MISÉRABLES ½

(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) What’s great about the first half of Tom Hooper’s gigantic film of the musical is the balance it strikes between the misérable and the miz. Hooper graduates from the tasteful and triumphant modesties of “The King’s Speech” to a musical that for a generation of people was a kind of first kiss. (PG-13; runs through Aug. 28)

THE COLLECTION

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(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) This horror sequel to 2009’s “The Collector” doesn’t make five seconds of sense and most of what’s here is borrowed — from movies, music videos, and art installations. The resident boogeyman is made up of so many other maniacs and boogeymen that, even by the loose standards of horror-movie sloppiness, he’s a mess. To that end, “The Collection” is an honest title. This is just a lot of other people’s greatest hits. (R; runs through Sept. 21)

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