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    (Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel is a marvel of contradictions: a movie about the magnificence of nature that’s largely computer-made, a two-character epic, a 3-D extravaganza that takes place inside a 20-foot lifeboat. The movie shouldn’t work at all, but it does. Not for kids under 10, though. With Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan. (PG; runs through July 25)

    Ty Burr


    (Comcast Free Movies) The sight of Adrien Brody plummeting from the sky in the opening scene of this horror thriller is all too apt a career metaphor. How did the serious young actor turn into another action figure? Who cares? Where do I get my hands on one? The movie, about military strangers running from aliens, is a little ‘‘Saw’’ and ‘‘Avatar’’ and a lot of ‘‘Lost.’’ The result is suspenseful summer junk. (R; runs through July 31)

    Wesley Morris


    (Starz on Comcast) This Hilary Duff movie doesn’t simply reach for the stars, it grabs at them like they were free key chains at a college recruitment meeting. Duff plays an aspiring singer, who spends the summer at an elite Los Angeles music program, falls in love, and makes disapproving father bob his head. It’s the most fun kind of terrible. (PG; runs through Nov. 30)

    Wesley Morris