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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)

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)

The Outsiders

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(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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