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On Demand movie highlights

THE PINK PANTHER

(Encore on Comcast) Not the expected disaster, but not all that great, either. A remake of Peter Sellers’s classic Inspector Clouseau comedies, it’s another passably engaging Steve Martin vehicle: a few solid laughs, a lot of dead air, no earthly reason to exist. With Kevin Kline, Beyoncé Knowles, Emily Mortimer, and — the only authentic Frenchman in the lot — Jean Reno. (PG; runs through June 13)

UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN

(STARZ on Comcast) Writer-director Audrey Wells’s film version of the Frances Mayes bestseller is a shamelessly enjoyable fantasy about an American woman (the gorgeously normal Diane Lane) who gets a mid-life makeover when she buys a villa in Italy. Every cliche in the travel pamphlet is here, and it all goes down like limoncello — sweet, not very good for you, but irresistible just the same. (PG-13; runs through Aug. 31)

THE YARDS ½

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(Encore on Comcast) Filmmaker James Gray is great with atmosphere, but this study of a family in Queens succumbing to crime and corruption is rather short on narrative drive. James Caan, Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, and Charlize Theron deliver flavorful performances, but the film ultimately implodes. (R; runs through July 18)

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