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On Demand movie highlights

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly½

(Starz on Comcast) A movie whose visual beauty transcends its sentimental trappings. The French magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) suffered a stroke that left him cognitively vital but paralyzed except for his left eye, which he used to communicate. In many ways, this is a prison movie about transcending confinement. If a story about the human spirit doesn’t do it for you, the film, with its relentlessly inspired cinematography by Janusz Kaminski, doubles as a movie about the cinematic spirit. In French, with subtitles. (PG-13; runs through Sept. 30)


(Comcast Free Movies) Unpretentious and immediate, it’s a down-and-dirty, involving take on Kim Wozencraft’s autobiographical novel about two narcs that get hooked on the evidence. Jennifer Jason Leigh’s face is a map of the film. You can’t take your eyes off her. Jason Patric plays her charismatic partner as if convinced you can’t take your eyes off him. (R; runs through
Oct. 7)

Cape Fear

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(Starz on Comcast) Not one of the great Martin Scorsese films, and not as primally scary as the original, but Scorsese’s virtuosity and Robert De Niro’s vengeful redneck Terminator — he suggests Jerry Lee Lewis turned satanic — will keep you from growing bored. (R; runs through Oct. 10)

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