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On Demand movie highlights

REAL STEEL

(Showtime on Comcast) In some not-too-terribly-distant future, the public gathers to watch great big robots beat the screws out of each other, while we watch Hugh Jackman and a kid named Dakota Goyo play father and son with a lot of razzle-dazzle. They train an underdog robot. You know the rest. Yet you don’t know how entertaining the rest actually is until it’s happening to you. (PG; runs through May 21)

EDEN

(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) An underwrought relationship drama that focuses on the days before the 10th wedding anniversary of an average Irish couple. Eileen Walsh and Aidan Kelly give earnest performances but this is a movie that could have gone two ways — big and tragic or quiet and painful — and winds up being neither. (Unrated; runs through May 27)

BELOVED ½

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(Showtime on Comcast) Oprah Winfrey is the driving force behind this strong, dark, tangled powerhouse of a film, based on Toni Morrison’s acclaimed novel celebrating African-American endurance. As a woman still waiting for the scars of slavery to heal eight years after Emancipation, aching for the daughter she lost, and finding it harder and harder to maintain the iron control that got her through it all, Winfrey delivers a performance of epic integrity in a flawed but magnificent film. (R; runs through May 21)

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