On Demand movie highlights

50 First Dates ½

(Starz on Comcast) “Groundhog Day” meets “Memento” meets “The Wedding Singer.” Hawaiian veterinarian Adam Sandler, in date-movie mode, falls for Drew Barrymore as a woman with no short-term memory: The gag is he has to woo her from scratch every day. The two stars play together charmingly — he gets her to focus and she softens his smugness — but dumdum comedy clutters up the fringes. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 31)

Ty Burr

Barney’s Version½

(Free on Comcast) A smart, well-acted two hours that, really, has no business being a movie. Paul Giamatti plays the rascally, much-married Barney Panofsky over four decades of hair and makeup, but without the acrid, wordy first-person voice of Mordecai Richler’s novel, the film has little point. Dustin Hoffman and the truly gracious Rosamund Pike costar. (R; runs through Feb. 4)

Ty Burr

The Outsiders


(Comcast Movie Collections) Francis Ford Coppola’s small, sincere and nearly perfectly realized story of competition among adolescents in Oklahoma in the ’60s. The taut screenplay is based on a popular novel by S. E. Hinton. Quietly fine performances by Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, and Diane Lane. (PG; runs through Feb. 6)

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