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Coffee and Cigarettes

(Comcast Free Movies) Jim Jarmusch’s anthology features nearly two dozen stars from several aesthetic constellations in just under a dozen shorts, smoking and pontificating over cups of joe. There’s buoyancy in the movie’s conceit of wacky juxtapositions: the rappers GZA and RZA and Bill Murray — together! The picture is typically deadpan, and occasionally it’s greater than the sum of its incongruities. (R; runs through Sept. 3)


Wesley Morris

Goon

(Showtime on Comcast) Seann William Scott plays a minor league hockey “enforcer” with limited skills, but a gift for beating up opponents. (The story was loosely adapted from a book co-written by Massachusetts-bred ex-minor leaguer Doug Smith.) The movie’s unlikely sincerity can’t completely offset its ugliness for less bloodthirsty viewers, but it helps, and it does smooth over some narrative rough edges. (R; runs through Sept. 10)

Tom Russo

Side Effects

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(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) A sleekly clever murder mystery that plays as many games with the audience as it does with its characters. Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum play a married couple, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jude Law play psychiatrists, and somebody ends up dead. In the end, though, it’s just a genre exercise and evidence that director Steven Soderbergh is getting bored. (R; runs through Sept. 20)

Ty Burr

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