Television

On Demand movie highlights

Cherry½

(Showtime on Comcast) In Jeffrey Fine’s coming-of-age indie, Kyle Gallner summons Tobey Maguire’s fumbling decency as an Ivy League freshman confusedly longing for a classmate in her 30s (Laura Allen) — and longed for by the woman’s daughter (Britt Robertson). A relatable swirl of raging hormones and the thrill and angst of new independence, even if the worldview is limited. (unrated; runs through Aug. 15)

Tom Russo

Miracle½

(Starz on Comcast) At the risk of inciting further harrumphing about what a lot of braggarts we Americans are, here comes this rousing but simple Disney flag-waver, a tough, warm slice of rearview jubilance. The time is 1980. The place is the Lake Placid Olympics. The game is hockey. The opponent is anything Eastern Bloc. And the movie is shameless, as the finely stoic Kurt Russell leads a 20-man crew to the gold medal stand. (PG-13; runs through Aug. 15)

Wesley Morris

Parental Guidance

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(Comcast Movie Collections: All New Movies) You really can make a bad family movie less terrible. The people responsible for this bland exercise in sentimentality and rambunctiousness have done an honorable enough job, chiefly through casting. Bette Midler and Billy Crystal baby-sit for Marisa Tomei and Tom Everett Scott, and their limits to humiliation are kind of a relief. It’s: “I’ll do anything for this movie, but I won’t do that.” (PG; runs through Aug. 25)

Wesley Morris

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