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On Demand movie highlights

A BETTER LIFE ½

(Showtime on Comcast) This is a generic and small story about an illegal immigrant (Demián Bichir) and his teenage son (José Julián), but it does manage to reel you in and surprise you with its grimness. The movie strains for politics, which is effective in its way. It’s not people that are inherently bad, it argues. It’s the country’s immigration system. (PG-13; runs through June 11)

RIDE (Showtime on Comcast) Rap-video wannabes ride a creaky charter bus from Harlem to Miami Beach and pick up some predictable life lessons along the way. A weak script delivers too few laughs and too much bathroom humor, and wastes the acting talent of Malik Yoba. (R; runs through June 11)

THE LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER

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(Starz on Comcast) Jackie Chan is in top form in this 1994 sequel to his 1978 breakthrough movie. It has more of a Hong Kong feel than his later crossover hits. Containing some of his best and most elaborate fight scenes ever, it emphasizes less interaction with inanimate objects and more hand-to-hand combat — especially of the so-called “drunken master” style, in which he’s supposed to have the shakes and in which his bobbing and weaving disconcerts his opponents. (R; runs through June 13)

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