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On Demand movie highlights

THE SCHOOL OF ROCK ½

(Showtime on Comcast) An adorable rock ’n’ roll update on the old “Bad News Bears” formula, this marks director Richard Linklater’s most commercial movie to date, and the star vehicle that Jack Black has been waiting for. He’s amusingly all over the place as a local loser who finds himself in charge of a fifth-grade classroom at a prep school and forms the kids into a band. The film gently flatters the notion of youthful rebellions future and past and, in so doing, becomes a genuine parent-kid bonding experience (PG-13; runs through June 25)

FAST FIVE

(HBO on Comcast) Just about everybody from ‘‘The Fast and the Furious’’ installments one through four drops in on Rio de Janeiro to steal some cars, take down a dirty local tycoon, and obliterate everything possible. The choicest objet de rampage is a 4-ton vault cabled to two cars. It’s a weapon of crass destruction. Which means this is an honest Hollywood movie. It’s also fun. With Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson. (PG-13; runs through June 30)

TRAFFIC ½

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(Showtime on Comcast) The best drug-busting movie since “The French Connection,” soberly acknowledging that drugs are busting us more than we’re busting them. Major players in Steven Soderbergh’s brilliant, documentary-textured, multitrack film never lay eyes on one another. But the film conveys their interlocking roles in a global drug economy with law enforcement agents as underdogs. Standouts: Michael Douglas as the stymied drug czar, Catherine Zeta-Jones as a housewife turned drug dealer, and Benicio Del Toro and Don Cheadle as savvy cops. (R; runs through June 23)

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