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On Demand movie highlights

HITCH ½ (Starz on Comcast) A painless romantic comedy about a New York dating consultant, this Will Smith vehicle is easy to dismiss as predictable, shallow chick-flick fluff. Actually, that’s what’s good about it. Smith is amusing, Eva Mendes gives a thankless role some bite, and as the hero’s main client, Kevin James, swims through the movie like Shamu in a water ballet. Below the smooth surface, though, the film’s deeply neurotic about modern love. (PG-13; runs through Oct. 31)


(Starz on Comcast) The Coen brothers take the old Alec Guinness classic, chuck the script, and bring on Tom Hanks as a prissy criminal mastermind trying to loot a floating casino. Two obstacles: his crew, and the little old church lady (Irma P. Hall) whose basement they’re using as headquarters. It’s one of the silliest, most disposable thing the Coens have done, but Hanks is a hoot, and the gospel-filled soundtrack is great. So buy the CD and rent the video. (R; runs through Oct. 31)


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(Encore on Comcast) Acting doesn’t get any better than Jessica Tandy’s stiff-backed Miss Daisy and Morgan Freeman’s dignified chauffeur who draw together over a 25-year-span in Atlanta. They don’t need to say anything about the parallel course of the civil rights movement — the film’s subtext — because they live it in this luminous joy of a film. (PG; runs through Sept. 6)

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