Television

On Demand movie highlights

BLUE VALENTINE

(Showtime on Comcast) Derek Cianfrance’s time-bomb marriage movie, with Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, aspires to high solemnity. How long until she leaves? As the film makes its way to the end of its second hour, it becomes an acutely stylized, slow-motion marital accident. You either want to call AAA or roll your eyes. That largely depends on whether you believe the filmmakers really know what they’re up to. (R; runs through
June 25)

Wesley Morris

THE BIG LEBOWSKI ½

(Showtime on Comcast) The Coen brothers are at it again, this time in Southern California, where they fall voraciously upon a landscape stuffed with pop-culture artifacts. The most prominent is Jeff Bridges’s stoned surfer dude, mistaken for a rich Lebowski by thugs collecting money. Not up to the Coens’ best — it’s too scattershot — but lots of cool, lively, eccentrically hip stuff all the same. (R; runs through June 25)

THE BROTHERS ½

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(Starz on Comcast) A male “Waiting to Exhale,” with LA buppies extending the earlier film’s thesis — namely, that guys are jerks. Morris Chestnut, Shemar Moore, Bill Bellamy, and D. Hughley bring charm and warmth to their African-American Peter Pans, and the women, led by a radiant Gabrielle Union, bring a lot of forgiveness. (R; runs through June 30)

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