You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

On Demand movie highlights


(HBO on Comcast) What a waste. Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, and the writers and director of “Meet the Parents” have added Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand into the mix, and the result is a resolutely average sequel, well below the first film in comic inspiration and energy. There are laughs but they’re of the toddlers-saying-dirty-words variety (funny once but not five times), and, criminally, Babs is given nothing to do. (PG-13; runs through May 6)


(STARZ on Comcast) Roland Emmerich’s soap-opera thriller contends that the actual author of William Shakespeare’s plays was one Edward de Vere (Rhys Ifans), the Earl of Oxford. Emmerich is so delighted to expose Shakespeare as a hack and a fraud that it feels like the work of a sleazy lawyer throwing the book at a corpse. Some of the acting is fun. Rafe Spall plays Shakespeare with exuberant dashes of paprika and Vanessa Redgrave plays dotty Queen Elizabeth I as a Golden Age Golden Girl. (PG-13; runs through May 17)


Continue reading below

(HBO on Comcast) Like opening a gift box from Tiffany’s to find a mug from the dollar store. Ridley Scott’s return to the “Alien” franchise is impeccably produced but increasingly scattered. It’s officially a prequel but it feels like a remake: We’ve been here before, with lesser technology but more purpose. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron, all quite good. (R; runs through June 24)

Wake up with today's top stories.

Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of