On Demand movie highlights

Scream 3 ½

(Free Movies) Why didn’t they quit while they were ahead? This second sequel is the kind of dumb gorefest the first “Scream” goofed on with such cleverness. The return of series veterans Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox Arquette, and Liev Schreiber, plus the usual sliced-and-diced babes on parade, does little to conceal the fact that this one is a lame flatliner. (R; runs through Jan. 22)

Keeping Up With the Steins

(Free Movies) A warm, witty, obvious satire of bar mitzvah excesses, West Coast style, as seen through the horrified eyes of a 13-year-old (Daryl Sabara) whose well-off parents (Jeremy Piven and Jami Gertz) are having a meltdown trying to compete. A real audience pleaser, even if it goes a little soft toward the end. Garry Marshall plays a foxy grandpa; his son, Scott, directs. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 22)

Ty Burr

The Benchwarmers


(Starz on Comcast) A romp along the cultural fault line between nerds and jocks. Rob Schneider, David Spade, Craig Kilborn, and Jon Lovitz all go through their highly enjoyable motions as a baseball team of freaks and dropouts brings sporting retribution to the world that rejected them. Laughs a-plenty, plus the occasional wince. (PG-13; runs through Jan.23)

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