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On Demand movie highlights

BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON

(STARZ on Comcast) This lazy sequel picks up six weeks into Bridget’s couplehood with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), the perfect man, and already she’s trying to sabotage it all, making obsessive phone calls and fibbing her socks off. Renée Zellweger returns to the title part with a fascinating masochism; the movie she’s carrying, though, is brainless. The best part is oily Hugh Grant, who slips the movie into his back pocket. (R; runs through May 9)

NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU

(Showtime on Comcast) A desultory compilation of short episodes (about 15 or so) that, once assembled into a 110-minute film, are meant to stir in us the feeling that New York City is a sexy, romantic, thrillingly random place where anything can go down. Sadly, two of those things are your eyelids. (R; runs through June 8)

OCTOBER SKY ½

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(Showtime on Comcast) A beautifully crafted, real life story about a NASA scientist who gets inspired by Sputnik to leave his West Virginia coal-mining town and take up rocketry. Jake Gyllenhaal is on target as the homemade rocketeer, Chris Cooper is moving as his conflicted father, and Laura Dern leavens the role of an encouraging teacher. (PG; runs through April 23)

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