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    (Comcast Free Movies) The J.J. Abrams project turns out to be a short, efficient, terrifying monster movie, presented “as it’s happening” through one guy’s handheld home-video lens. The film is to New York City and the American psyche what “Godzilla” was to Tokyo: a safe cinematic fantasy response to unimaginable events. You get scared, you go home, you laugh it off – the real world should play so nice. Starring a bunch of young actors you’ve never heard of. (PG-13; runs through Oct. 23)

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    (Showtime on Comcast) Jim Henson’s cult classic is back. What you notice about it now is what a slog it is. Still, there is a teenage Jennifer Connelly trying to solve David Bowie’s enchanted maze in order to save her newborn brother. It’s hard not to enjoy her ripe intelligence, not to mention Bowie’s revealing stretch pants and wig. The creatures are good and weird, too. (PG; runs through Oct. 22)

    Sinister ½

    (Comcast Movie Collections: All New Movies) A horror movie that aspires to be some kind of self-conscious amalgam of “In Cold Blood” and “The Shining.” It doesn’t happen even though Ethan Hawke is ready, willing, and able to take us there. He’s just stuck in a movie that’s pleased to have professionally painted over the movies that have come before it. And while the paint is welcome, it’s not enough. (R; runs through Nov. 4)