On Demand movie highlights


(Comcast Free Movies) This jokey, junky potboiler centers on a hack novelist (Johnny Depp) accused of plagiarism by a Southern nut job (John Turturro). The writer and director is David Koepp, who wrote “Panic Room.” The source material is a Stephen King story, and it’s a confused parade of “gotcha” moments. But Depp is fun. (PG-13; runs through June 18)

Wesley Morris


(Showtime on Comcast) For anyone who wishes the movies could be more like 1985 or 1958, there’s Lasse Hallström, the director of ‘‘Chocolat.’’ Here he gives us dour Ewan McGregor and punchy Emily Blunt supervising the transfer of fish to Yemen for the amusement of a sheik. Rather wanly, the movie is about the big vat of ‘‘I think you’re swell’’ they fall into. It couldn’t be more harmless or more dull. (PG-13; runs through June 29)

Wesley Morris



(Comcast Free Movies) The longest, oddest courtship in the history of the movies continues. She (Kristen Stewart) wants him. He (Robert Pattinson) wants to wait. This is the third movie in the series, and it mitigates its parable for sex, abstinence, and moral choices with hot vampires and overheated werewolves. Metaphors and parallels are squared almost evenly — bloodsuckers vs. their lupine adversaries, lust vs. chastity, talking vs. action. These movies are interesting without ever being good.
(PG-13; runs through June 30)

Wesley Morris

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