On Demand movie highlights


(Starz on Comcast) This drama about inarticulate heartland folk casts Embeth Davidtz as a chic art dealer meeting her husband’s North Carolina family. A textbook case of filmmakers who can’t make up their minds about their characters (or their roots); it’s a failure of nerve disguised as dramatic ambiguity. Davidtz is good, though, and Amy Adams as a pregnant chatterbox is great. (R; runs through June 30)

Ty Burr


(Showtime on Comcast) The idea of Julia Stiles as a girl who falls in love with Danish royalty (Luke Mably) sounded improbable in 2004. Then 23, Stiles seemed too focused to get carried away by such a shopworn premise. But the tag line boasted that “this fairy tale is about to get real,” and, without completely rebooting the genre, it does warmly and smartly revise the limits of the fantasy. (PG; runs through May 21)

Wesley Morris


(Showtime on Comcast) Nobody’s going to accuse this home-grown gangster movie of being slick or formula-free. What keeps it watchable is the urgency imparted by a totally committed cast headed by Donnie Wahlberg, James Cummings, and John Shea, playing characters who can’t separate the supportive love from the pervasive danger on their home turf, served up with a gritty realism that’s a big help. (R; runs through May 21)