On Demand movie highlights


(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) A simple yet devastatingly profound story of an elderly French couple (Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva) during the long, squalid months of the wife’s decline. Writer-director Michael Haneke (“Caché”) observes his subject with an unadorned style that takes on aspects of the holy. The movie avoids melodrama; instead, it’s just extraordinarily intimate. In French, with subtitles. (PG-13 runs through Nov. 19)

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Donnie Brasco½

(Encore on Comcast) Potent mob opera, based on the true story of an FBI agent who infiltrated the mob in 1978 and brought it down. It’s brilliantly acted by Johnny Depp, as the agent who ironically finds himself a mob natural, and Al Pacino, poignant as the low-level mob soldier who sees Depp’s tough newcomer as the surrogate son to whom he can open a surprisingly trusting heart. (R; runs through Nov. 18)

Scent of a Woman


(Comcast Free Movies) It goes on too long and turns blatantly sentimental at the end, but for most of its length Al Pacino is hugely entertaining, in a tour-de-force performance as an embittered ex-Army officer who drags his prep-school attendant to Manhattan for a fling. (R; runs through Nov. 20)

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