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AMORES PERROS ½

(Comcast Free Movies) A striking debut film from Alejandro González Iñárritu that is at once brutal and moral; sometimes, too, it can be wonderfully lyrical. The story concerns three people brought together by a car crash in a dog-eat-dog corner of Mexico City. In the end, you may well find it difficult to believe the film’s disclaimer about no dogs being harmed. (R; runs through April 16)

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY ½

(Encore on Comcast) James Bridges captures the urgency, the wit, the jagged pacing and most important of all the emotional core of Jay McInerney’s autobiographical novel about a bummed-out young writer who’s too freaky for The New Yorker and too solid for the Manhattan coke-driven club scene he is plunged into. Michael J. Fox is excellent here, too. (R; runs through May 16)

TORTILLA SOUP

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(Encore on Comcast) This remake of Ang Lee’s “Eat Drink Man Woman” is given a Hispanic-American twist. In it, a Los Angeles widower and his three grown daughters vent their concerns about mandatory family dinners on Sundays. As the patriarch who fears he’s losing his authority, Hector Elizondo, in a suavely understated performance, leads a sterling ensemble in a warm and likable, if far from searching, “soup” opera. (PG-13; runs through July 31)

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