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On Demand movie highlights

21 JUMP STREET ½

(Encore on Comcast) We have lots of terminology for what happens when two male stars appear to have the platonic hots for each other. What Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have in this very funny, unusually perceptive action-comedy scrambles, transcends, and explodes all of that. They play nincompoop narcs undercover at a high school. The movie may not be consciously exploiting the evolution of male buddydom in Hollywood, but it has redrawn the boundaries. (R; runs through Aug. 22)

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES ½

( HBO on Comcast) Oh, right, this is what a superhero movie is supposed to look like. Christopher Nolan brings his Batman trilogy to a close with a majestic crash. It’s overlong and more than a little crazy but made with a pop-Wagnerian conviction and undeniable moviemaking skill. Also, Anne Hathaway is the best Catwoman since Julie Newmar. (PG-13; Aug. 26)

LIBERAL ARTS

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(Showtime on Comcast) Newly single, 35-year-old Jesse (Josh Radnor, who also wrote and directed) returns to his Midwestern college campus for the retirement party of a beloved professor (Richard Jenkins). Filled with nostalgia, Jesse begins a cautious flirtation with Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen, intelligent and radiant), a sophomore theater major. It’s a bit talky, but the film is smarter, if more sentimental, than the typical college comedy about frat house hijinks and hooking up. (Unrated; runs through Aug. 6)

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