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On Demand movie highlights

Oscar and Lucinda

(Comcast Free Movies) As few period films do, this Gillian Armstrong production comes to life magically, powered by Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett. They play eccentric gamblers who meet on a ship from London to Australia and enkindle in each other a wildly romantic dream — building a glass church held together with steel struts and floating it on a barge from Sydney to a remote corner of New South Wales. His shame-drenched missionary and her strong-willed glass-factory owner are memorable. (R; runs through Sept. 24)

Severance½

(Comcast Free Movies) A deluxe tour bus carrying six English folk and one American woman on a corporate retreat stops outside a Hungarian forest, where killer war criminals lurk. What ensues is a half-hearted mockery of corporate culture and schlock horror. The filmmakers want to have it both ways — the funny and the sadistic — but rarely at the same time successfully. (R; runs through Sept. 24)

The Woman in Black

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(Showtime on Comcast) Daniel Radcliffe searches a cavernous house, a few smaller ones, and some dense turn-of-the-19th-century fog for the source of a bunch of off-screen sound effects. His character, Arthur Kipps, is an English lawyer whose mopey demeanor has him on thin ice at work. In fairness, his wife died in childbirth — several years ago. But for him, the agony is fresh. As punishment, he’s sent to a dreary hamlet to settle a dead woman’s legal affairs. She might be gone, but something in and around her manse continues to create quite a racket. It’s the sort of noise made by horror movies that really have no idea how else to spook you. (PG-13; runs through Sept. 24)

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