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On Demand movie highlights

Star Trek Into Darkness ½

(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) The new film just has to convince us that 2009’s “Star Trek” wasn’t a fluke. That it does so — expertly, exhilaratingly — is a mark of director J.J. Abrams’s uncanny ease with modern Hollywood formulas. With Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Benedict Cumberbatch putting a sleekly brutish new spin on an old “Trek” villain. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 13)

The Chorus (Les Choristes)

(Starz on Comcast) French director Christophe Barratier’s wispy little Oscar nominee tells the story of a bumbling schoolteacher/choirmaster (Gerard Jugnot) and the ill-behaved orphans whom he teaches to sing. But instead of deepening the premise, Barratier relies on the faces of the movie’s kids and Jugnot’s likable performance to win over viewers. In French, with subtitles. (PG-13; runs through May 4)

Far and Away

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(Showtime on Comcast) Throwback to the handsome but stodgy historical romances Hollywood used to make. Ron Howard is the director, and Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star as an Irish couple who flee to America and take an inordinately long time to discover they’re meant for each other. It doesn’t quite work, playing like “My Two Left Feet.” (PG-13; runs through Oct. 22)

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