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On Demand movie highlights

HIGH ART ½

(Comcast Free Movies) An invigorating, risk-taking film about SoHo types trying to figure out how much of themselves to parcel out to get what they want. Ally Sheedy is haunting, delivering the career re-entry performance of the year as a talented but fragile self-exiled photographer attracted to an ambitious careerist. (R; runs through Feb. 9)

A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES

(Comcast Free Movies) Renée Zellweger is a treat to watch as a woman who finds life stifling in the Brooklyn Hasidic Jewish community into which she married. She just has to get out, and does, using her knowledge of the jewelry business as her escape. The rest of the film is lamely two-dimensional, though, especially the men and the superficial rendering of the Hasidic enclave.
(R; runs through Feb. 10)

STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING ½

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(Comcast Free Movies) Frank Langella gives a smart, controlled performance as a past-his-prime novelist whose work is the subject of an overeager fan’s master’s thesis. Played by Lauren Ambrose, the woman comes on to him, too. Co-adapted by the director, Andrew Wagner, the movie is a gentle collection of scenes that work and scenes that don’t. The ones that do are between Langella and Ambrose. The ones that don’t involve Lili Taylor as Langella’s daughter. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 14)

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