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On Demand movie highlights

DAY WATCH

(Free Movies on Comcast) This visually ingenious second installment of a planned trilogy (the first was “Night Watch”) continues the shaky truce between the Dark Others and the Light Others, focusing on a Night Watch dad trying to get his soon-to-be-all-powerful preteen son back from the dark side. Director Timur Bekmambetov is an artist whose interest in capturing the unhappy Russian spirit is anti-Hollywood but hardly anti-excitement. In Russian, with subtitles. (R; runs through June 25)

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED

(Free Movies on Comcast) Eddie Marsan and Martin Compston kidnap rich girl Gemma Arterton. Simple, no? No. Writer-director J. Blakeson’s highly assured thriller has nearly as many whopper plot twists (two) as it does actors. Not exactly ‘‘Reservoir Dogs’’ or ‘‘A Simple Plan’’ — the efficiency of Blakeson’s filmmaking masks the implausibility of his premise — it’s strong enough to remind you of them, and in a good way. (R; runs through June 18)

THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL ½

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(Starz on Comcast) Wim Wenders falls into a swoony reverie in a seedy place in downtown LA that was once a grand hotel. It’s filled with characters who work a little too hard to seem eccentric, but who remain just tantalizing enough to keep you watching. Mel Gibson’s FBI agent for hire, investigating the death of a tycoon’s son there, fits right in with the dark stories filling the place. Jeremy Davies and Milla Jovovich lyrically represent the younger set. (R; runs through June 30)

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