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    (Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) An earnest, polished tearjerker from writer-director Alex Kurtzman and his writing partner Roberto Orci, known for penning the “Transformers” movies. Chris Pine is a troubled young man trying to connect with the half-sister (Elizabeth Banks) he never knew he had; Michelle Pfeiffer plays his mother. Well-acted but neither optimal nor prime. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 15)

    Ty Burr


    (Starz on Comcast) A daydream of a movie that recalls how three Southern California boys helped put verve into an American backyard hobby, transforming skateboarding into something that attracts groupies. The film feels like a burnt-out Beatles romp, with the skateboard as both the boys’ yellow submarine and their Yoko. Directed with mellowness and soul by Catherine Hardwicke. With Emile Hirsch, John Robinson, Victor Rasuk, and a hilariously out-of-it Heath Ledger. (PG-13; runs through March 31)

    Wesley Morris


    (Starz on Comcast) A romantic comedy with an adult sensibility, directed by Bruce McCulloch of the comic ensemble Kids in the Hall. Luke Wilson and Natasha Henstridge are the lead couple, Janeane Garofalo and McCulloch the perfect couple who may not be so perfect. Everybody sees the same canine shrink, and doggie behavior is the catalyst for the all too human behavior that keeps the plot in engaging motion. (R; runs through Jan. 31)