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(Cinemax on Comcast) Gus Van Sant’s extraordinary meditation on the death of Kurt Cobain is not for the faint of heart: camera shots that stretch on for eternities and lots of empty space, especially in the eyes of the ghostly rock star named Blake (Michael Pitt). Once you settle into their rhythm, though, the long takes become an almost documentary form of benediction. If Cobain ever meant anything to you, it’s intensely moving. (R; runs through Dec. 20)

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

(Cinemax on Comcast) An unexpectedly entertaining, even dramatically moving attempt to reboot the ‘‘Apes’’ franchise by rethinking the origin story as a mix of ‘‘Frankenstein,’’ ‘‘Rebel Without a Cause,’’ ‘‘Spartacus,’’ and ‘‘Project Nim.’’ The CGI apes are hit-and-miss, but Andy Serkis provides the main character with genuine soul. With James Franco, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow. (PG-13; runs through Dec. 20)

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(Starz on Comcast) Not quite top-drawer Pixar, but still leagues ahead of other family fare. On Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, an overanxious single-dad clownfish (voiced by Albert Brooks) loses his son (Alexander Gould) to a dentist-office fish tank and must travel 1,500 miles to bring him home. The supporting cast constitutes an embarrassment of riches, and many of the sequences have a weirdly mesmerizing underwater beauty. (G; runs through May 17)

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