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REIGN OVER ME ½

(STARZ on Comcast) Adam Sandler’s in serious mode as a shell-shocked New Yorker whose family perished on 9/11, and Don Cheadle plays the former college roommate who tries to bring him back to the land of the living. Mike Binder’s film sounds like mawkish male-bonding therapy porn and occasionally it is, but it honors the sound of men hanging around saying nothing. Don’t ask about the women, though. (R; runs through July 1)


Ty Burr

XXX: STATE OF THE UNION ½

(STARZ on Comcast) A Bond film reconfigured to play in the ’hood, this high-octane sequel gives Ice Cube his first action role as an “extreme agent” trying to stop Defense Secretary Willem Dafoe from staging a coup. It’s dumb guilty-pleasure stuff, but the stunts are impressively ridiculous and the racial chip on the hero’s shoulder breathes interesting new life into the old macho cliches. (PG-13; runs through July 1)

Ty Burr

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(Encore on Comcast) A so-so killer-virus movie bolstered by a multifaceted performance by Dustin Hoffman. He plays a scientist in an anti-contamination suit trying to save us not only from the deadly new airborne virus but from a military conspiracy. Rene Russo helps as his fellow virologist and ex-wife. (R; runs through May 25)

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