On Demand movie highlights

50/50 ½

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a young man battling cancer and Seth Rogen is his best friend in a movie that tries to deepen the raunchy bromance genre. The movie’s most affecting when it shows young dudes struggling to come to terms with the ultimate party crasher. With Anna Kendrick. (R, runs through

May 21)

Ty Burr

Gangster Squad Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling head a secret crew of cops intent on bringing down crime boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). This is almost like every popular movie about crooks and cops made in the last four decades, but it’s never enough like its own movie. Director Ruben Fleischer gives it some flash and bang, but it inadequately substitutes for what you could be watching instead. (R, runs through Sept. 22)

Wesley Morris

Promised Land ½


Two movies in one: An earnest anti-fracking drama written by costars Matt Damon and John Krasinski, and a nuanced portrait of small-town America by director Gus Van Sant. The first tries not to be preachy but doesn’t quite succeed, the second is buoyed by the sympathetic performances. With Frances McDormand and Rosemarie DeWitt. (R, runs through Sept. 25)

Ty Burr