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On Demand movie highlights

Kung Fu Hustle

(Starz on Comcast) Hong Kong action infused with Looney Tunes silliness, Stephen Chow’s film subverts every cliché in the evil-gang-versus-innocent-villagers template. Using computer-enhanced stunts, Chow sends characters off on high-speed “Roadrunner”-style chases and the like, and while the story line falls off the rails before the end, it’s impossible to fault the actors or the high spirits. With action choreography by Yuen Woo-ping. (R; runs through Jan. 16)

The Great Gatsby ½

(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) At its best — which, sadly, isn’t often enough — Baz Luhrmann’s version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel is a scandal. It’s also, in event and emotion (if not period fidelity), the most faithful movie version of the book to date. The two are not unconnected. Leonardo DiCaprio gives us the full Gatsby and he’s magnificent, but over-length, over-romanticism, and a badly misused Tobey Maguire as Nick bring it low. In 3-D. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 26)

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(Encore on Comcast) Louis Malle’s tone poem to an aging and famous resort which is making the transition to casino gambling. Burt Lancaster shines as an aging numbers runner trying to keep up a front and respectability. (R; runs through Jan. 31)

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