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On Demand movie highlights

Before Midnight

(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) The third installment in director Richard Linklater’s saga of Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) is richer, riskier, and more bleakly perceptive about what it takes for love to endure (or not) over the long haul. Like Michael Apted’s “Up” documentaries, this series offers a touching and humbling time-lapse study of human nature. (R; runs through Jan. 22)

The Wedding Planner ½

(Comcast Free Movies) Jennifer Lopez is simpatico in this romantic comedy about a woman with a barren love life and Matthew McConaughey has never seemed more warm or relaxed as the guy she falls for, only to find he’s the groom at the next extravaganza she’s staging. Although it’s less sophisticated and more formulaic than it ought to be, it has its moments, including a couple of romantic ones. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 2)


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(Encore on Comcast) Sweet, clunky, earnest, and often very funny mix of heaven and earthiness as demons and angels duke it out en route from Wisconsin to New Jersey. Kevin Smith’s often profane but always sincere satire stars Linda Fiorentino as Christ’s descendant, Chris Rock as the 13th Apostle, Alanis Morissette as God — and Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as bad-news angelic exiles trying to blast their way back into heaven. (R; runs through Jan. 2)

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