On Demand movie highlights

Animal Kingdom

(Starz on Comcast) A brooding, bloody tale of a clan of criminal brothers and the teenage innocent (James Frecheville) who lands among them. There’s more style than substance here, but it’s still an impressive debut from writer-director David Michôd, part of Australia’s Blue-Tongue Films collective. Jacki Weaver is unforgettable as the gang’s chirpy, lethal mum. (R; runs through Oct. 21)

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The Legend of Drunken Master

(Encore on Comcast) Jackie Chan is in top form in this 1994 sequel to his 1978 breakthrough movie. It has more of a Hong Kong feel than his recent crossover hits. Containing some of his best and most elaborate fight scenes ever, it emphasizes less interaction with inanimate objects and more hand-to-hand combat — especially of the so-called “drunken master” style, in which he’s supposed to have the shakes and in which his bobbing and weaving disconcerts his opponents. (R; runs through Dec. 31)

Footnote ½


(Encore on Comcast) Joseph Cedar’s foreign-language Oscar nominee is set in the world of Israeli academia and focuses on a father-son rivalry. When the father wins a prestigious prize meant for the son, he must make a difficult choice. The film has power and drama but so much flab and whimsy in the first hour that the rest of the film feels almost like a different movie. In Hebrew, with English subtitles. (PG-13; runs through March 7)

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