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On Demand movie highlights

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN ½

(Showtime on Comcast) Heath Ledger gives a staggering performance as one of two Wyoming ranch hands who fall in forbidden love during the 1960s; Jake Gyllenhaal, believably callow, is the other man. Director Ang Lee has set a chamber drama against a Marlboro Man landscape — it’s studied, but it works. Based on the Annie Proulx short story, with Michelle Williams breaking your heart as Ledger’s wife. (R; runs through June 30)

WARM BODIES

(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) A zombie date flick that has its “Twilight” and makes fun of it too, thanks to a cheeky screenplay and tart direction by Jonathan Levine (“50/50”). Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer play a zombie lad and a living girl who fall for each other after the apocalypse. It’s silly, often funny, and surprisingly sweet. (PG-13; runs through Nov. 30)

THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE ½

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(Showtime on Comcast) Joel and Ethan Coen take a gorgeous but dramatically inert trip into postwar noir with this story of a small-town barber whose scheming initiates a disastrous domino effect. The plot is clever and twisty and the black-and-white visuals are stunning, but the passivity that turns Billy Bob Thornton’s protagonist into such a patsy spreads to the film and cuts it off from the primal terror and dread it needs. (R; runs through June 25)

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