On Demand movie highlights

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly½

(Starz on Comcast) A movie whose visual beauty transcends its sentimental trappings. The French magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) suffered a stroke that left him cognitively vital but paralyzed except for his left eye, which he used to communicate. In many ways, this is a prison movie about transcending confinement. If a story about the human spirit doesn’t do it for you, the film, with its relentlessly inspired cinematography by Janusz Kaminski, doubles as a movie about the cinematic spirit. In French, with subtitles. (PG-13; runs through Sept. 30)

Wesley Morris


(Comcast Free Movies) Unpretentious and immediate, it’s a down-and-dirty, involving take on Kim Wozencraft’s autobiographical novel about two narcs that get hooked on the evidence. Jennifer Jason Leigh’s face is a map of the film. You can’t take your eyes off her. Jason Patric plays her charismatic partner as if convinced you can’t take your eyes off him. (R; runs through
Oct. 7)

Cape Fear

(Starz on Comcast) Not one of the great Martin Scorsese films, and not as primally scary as the original, but Scorsese’s virtuosity and Robert De Niro’s vengeful redneck Terminator — he suggests Jerry Lee Lewis turned satanic — will keep you from growing bored. (R; runs through Oct. 10)