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On Demand movie highlights

Looper

(Starz on Comcast) Rian Johnson’s audacious time travel brain-twister features Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a hired assassin killing victims from the future and Bruce Willis as the assassin’s older self. Overloaded with cinematic style, “Matrix”-wannabe cool, and action sequences that click into place like a Rubik’s Cube, the movie’s something to see yet ultimately less than the sum of its parts. With Emily Blunt. (R; runs through Aug. 14)

The Exorcist ½

(Encore on Comcast) The landmark film is still scary after all these years. This rerelease has 11 restored minutes that add spiritual context, but what made people flock to it in 1973, and will again, is its satanic rock ’n’ roll, with priests trying to perform an exorcism on Linda Blair’s pea-soup-and-obscenity-spewing preteen. (R; runs through June 23)

Pecker ½

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(Starz on Comcast) Once John Waters dealt in outrage. Here he deals in amiable irony as a kid from a blue-collar neighborhood in Baltimore finds himself an instant celebrity when his raunchy photographs of his friends and neighbors are hailed as the new frontier by the Manhattan art world. No cultural collision here, though. Most of the characters are sweet, and the film plays like a party to which Waters has invited both camps. (R; runs through June 26)

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