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On Demand movie highlights

THE ITALIAN JOB

(Showtime on Comcast) Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton, this is a movie so eagerly and infectiously living for the moment that it barely recalls the 1969 British caper flick that inspired it. With Mos Def, Jason Statham, Seth Green, and Charlize Theron as Wahlberg’s crew, which is out to get back millions of dollars’ worth of gold bullion from turncoat Norton. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 15)

THE OTHERS ½

(Showtime on Comcast) Classy ghost story stars Nicole Kidman as an increasingly nervous mom who’s trying to protect her two children from spooky presences in a house on the Channel Island of Jersey as World War II winds down. A thing of shadows and insinuations and atmosphere, the movie has everything you want in a supernatural thriller except thrills. Despite an impressive display of craft from Chilean director Alejandro Amenábar, it’s never quite as scary as it ought to be. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 15)

THE MASK OF ZORRO ½

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(Starz on Comcast) The old Zorro (Anthony Hopkins) teaches the new one (Antonio Banderas) everything he needs to know to rid 19th-century Mexico of post-colonial evil. This splendid swashbuckler, actually filmed in Mexico, is the sexiest, most acrobatic, most atmospheric “Zorro” in the long history of the franchise, which began in 1920 with the exuberantly gymnastic Douglas Fairbanks Sr. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 20)

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