(Showtime on Comcast) A by-the-numbers basketball drama that’s also 2½ hours of sermonizing about the state of urban youth. Samuel L. Jackson plays the daunting real-life California high school coach who wouldn’t let his team play unless they got better grades. His lectures on self-worth are important, but the long and cluttered movie is not. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 28)
(Starz on Comcast) Jackie Chan’s production pairs him with shrill comic Chris Tucker. They’re mismatched cops in LA trying to get the Chinese consul’s daughter back from kidnappers. It’s not a bad action comedy, but it’s nothing to say wow about, and that’s what we’ve come to expect from stunt phenom Chan.
(PG-13; runs through Feb. 28)
(Showtime on Comcast) Spike Lee’s brilliant, in-your-face film is about a mostly black Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood that goes up in flames on the hottest day of the year. (R; through Feb. 28)