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(Starz on Comcast) Because the world really needs a hip-hop remake of “The Great Gatsby” set in the Hamptons. It’s not as bad as it sounds, but it’s not great, either: an honorable attempt laid low by a weak script and a tendency toward soap opera. Richard T. Jones and Blair Underwood are good as the Gatsby and Tom Buchanan figures, but Chenoa Maxwell is vapid as the woman between them. (R; runs through Nov. 30)

For Your Consideration

(Encore on Comcast) Christopher Guest and his merry players deliver their fourth comic jamboree, about what happens when Oscar buzz overwhelms the production of an indie movie called “Home for Purim.” A knowing jeremiad against the awards-season machine, the movie also makes explicit the lust for showbiz validation that has lurked in all of Guest’s ensemble projects. As an insecure actress, Catherine O’Hara is a scary marvel. (PG-13; runs through Nov. 27)

The Master

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(Showtime on Comcast) Another ambitious, powerfully acted achievement from Paul Thomas Anderson. In 1950 or so, a simple drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in with the leader (Philip Seymour Hoffman) of a new spiritual movement and becomes its unwitting but eventually willing test subject. The movie is said to be loosely about Scientology, but it’s more generally concerned with the masks of performance and limits of faith in the absence of evidence. With Amy Adams. (R; runs through Nov. 29)

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