On Demand movie highlights

Chicken With Plums

(Starz on Comcast) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s follow-up to their striking animated feature “Persepolis” (2007) is a bit of a letdown. Based on Satrapi’s graphic novel, it’s mostly live action. There are multiple imaginative flourishes, but overall the film’s surprisingly static. At heart it’s a fairly traditional story — a kind of fairy tale for adults — about thwarted love in mid-century Iran. In French, with subtitles. (PG-13; runs through Oct. 31)

Mark Feeney

Waiting for Guffman

(Encore on Comcast) The subject matter -- a historical pageant staged by amateurs -- satirizes itself more thoroughly than writer-director-star Christopher Guest can. The ensemble brings wonderful detailing, though, to the desperate hopefuls convinced the show will take them to Broadway. Guest, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Catherine O’Hara, and Lewis Arquette (as a geezer who overdoes the lipstick and eyeliner) are awfully funny. (R; runs through Nov. 2)

Spark: A Burning Man Story


(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) Located in the desert of Nevada, the annual Burning Man festival is a Disneyland for Occupy Movement believers. But this documentary only gives us a one-sided picture through the eyes of the bohemian San Francisco founders. Their growing pains are discussed at length, but what is missing is accounts from festival-goers. (Unrated; runs through Nov. 14)

Steve Morse

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