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On Demand movie highlights

War Horse

(Showtime on Comcast) A boy (Jeremy Irvine) and his horse, separated and rejoined by World War I. Steven Spielberg’s ‘‘serious’’ movie of 2011 is a work of full-throated Hollywood classicism that looks back to the craftsmanship and sentimentality of John Ford and other legends of the studio era. It’s as impressive as coasting gets, but it’s coasting all the same. (PG-13; runs through Oct. 15)

Money for Nothing

(Showtime on Comcast) A solid and absorbing what-would-you-do-if? drama, based on the true story of a guy who found
$1.2 million that fell off an armored truck and decided that finder’s was keeper’s. John Cusack is excellent as Joey, unemployed at 26 and still living in his mother’s house, who is pulled in all directions by the moral and practical problems of the sudden windfall. The movie’s strongest point is its South Philadelphia working-class setting, where a neighborhood-bred cop (Michael Madsen) knows that a secret like Joey’s can’t be kept for long.
(R; runs through Oct. 15)

Stakeout

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(Showtime on Comcast) Richard Dreyfuss overrides the ordinariness of the cop moves he’s asked to dance through as he falls in love with the girlfriend of a killer he’s staking out. His partner, Emilio Estevez, is good too, and the chemistry between Drey-fuss and Madeleine Stowe, the object of his voyeuristic attentions, is a lot more urgent than the cop-show stuff. (R; runs through Oct. 15)

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