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On Demand movie highlights

RIO

(HBO on Comcast) You don’t expect to encounter the slums of Rio de Janeiro — or its Carnival — in an American animated movie, but there both are as major parts of the plot of this inspired romp about runaway macaws. The animators appear to appreciate Rio as a one-of-a-kind architectural and ecological marvel naturally abundant with song. With the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, and Jemaine Clement. (G; runs through April 27)

LINCOLN ½

(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) A film that neatly balances naivete and cynicism, the highest ideals and the lowest suspicions, in a way that flatters an audience’s ability to think for itself. At the same time it rolls along with the supreme craft we’ve come to associate with director Stephen Spielberg when he’s pushed by intelligent collaborators. (PG-13; runs through
Aug. 11)

PARENTAL GUIDANCE

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(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) You really can make a bad family movie less terrible. The people responsible for this bland exercise in sentimentality and rambunctiousness have done an honorable enough job, chiefly through casting. Bette Midler and Billy Crystal baby-sit for Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott, and their limits to humiliation are kind of a relief. It’s: “I’ll do anything for this movie, but I won’t do that.” (PG; runs through Aug. 25)

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