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On Demand movie highlights

Anna Karenina½

(HBO on Comcast) Joe Wright’s adaptation of the Tolstoy classic staggers under the weight of a dazzling, hermetically sealed visual style that fails to connect with our emotions; the entire movie seems to take place in a snow globe. The cast, led by Keira Knightley, is good, although Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Vronsky may be too much the boy-toy. With Jude Law. (R; runs through Oct. 28)

The Patriot

(Starz on Comcast) Mel Gibson makes all the difference in the American Revolution. Loosely modeled on Francis Marion, the so-called Swamp Fox who mired the Redcoats in guerrilla warfare, he’s a South Carolina widower farmer with seven children who hangs back as the war begins, but gets involved when his idealistic sons do. The heroics are sheer Hollywood cornball, the combat scenes often bloody — but the film works rousingly all the same. (R; runs through Oct. 10)

Money Talks

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(Encore on Comcast) Very ordinary buddy movie plays like a bargain-basement “48 HRS.” Small-time hustler Chris Tucker enlists the aid of TV newsman Charlie Sheen to prove he isn’t a much bigger criminal than people think he is. Predictable stuff, but OK nevertheless as a launching pad for Tucker’s warm, likable motor-mouthing. (R; runs through Oct. 24)

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