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On Demand movie highlights

AGENT CODY BANKS

(Showtime on Comcast) Both a cut-rate “Spy Kids” knockoff and a power trip/sex fantasy aimed at the hearts, minds, and wallets of 14-year-old boys. Frankie Muniz (”Malcolm in the Middle”) is a suburban kid who’s actually a CIA operative — how creepy is that? While he’s supposed to woo teen Hilary Duff to get to the baddies holding her professor father, he is barely able to take his eyes off Angie Harmon, as his lollapalooza agency handler. (PG; runs through April 23)

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN ½

(HBO on Comcast) Entertainingly schizophrenic, this reengineering of the classic fairy tale feels like it was made from pieces of every fantasy-action movie ever made. It barely holds together but there are daft pleasures, from Charlize Theron’s rampant overacting as the evil queen to Kristen Stewart’s surprising underplaying as Snow. Directed by Rupert Sanders. (PG-13; runs through May 27)

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN

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(HBO on Comcast) The war movie to end all war movies. With a bunch of grunts on deadly Omaha Beach on D-Day, Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece plunges us into the moment-to-moment horror and heroism of war with a completeness and immediacy that no previous film has. A Ranger detachment led by Tom Hanks improvises its way behind the lines to yank Matt Damon’s last survivor among four brothers from the carnage and get him home. (R; runs through April 29)

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