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On Demand movie highlights

Judge Dredd

(Showtime on Comcast) Visually snazzy but in every other way dumb. Post-apocalyptic thriller stars Sylvester Stallone as a cop empowered to act as judge and jury in 2139 — until the bad guys ruled by evil twin Armand Assante frame him and turn him into an even more lethal outlaw. (R, runs through May 21)

Billy Elliot ½

(Showtime on Comcast) One of the best dance movies. It plays like a cross between “Fame” and “How Green Was My Valley,” following an 11-year-old coal miner’s son as he switches dreams from boxing to ballet. The exhilarating spring in Jamie Bell’s legs as they lift him beyond his dreary world will make your heart soar. (R, runs through May 21)

Basic Instinct

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(Encore on Comcast) A cheap, silly, seductive movie you won’t stop watching, it’s the “Wall Street” of sexual politics. The hard-sell sex here has more to do with dominance and takeovers than eroticism as murder suspect Sharon Stone plays mind games with homicide cop Michael Douglas. (R, runs through June 30)

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