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On Demand movie highlights

Lincoln ½

(Showtime on Comcast) In the weeks following his reelection, Abraham Lincoln (a remarkable Daniel Day-Lewis) fights to get the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery passed. A terrifically entertaining film that, against all odds, makes politics exciting again. Steven Spielberg is in top form, Tony Kushner’s script is full of crackling talk (and lots of it), and there are scene-stealing turns from Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, and James Spader. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 28)

Oldboy

(Free on Comcast) A man (Choi Min-sik) is mysteriously imprisoned for 15 years, just as mysteriously released, and told he has five days to figure out who did it and why. Korea’s Park Chan-wook has already been claimed by the geek squad as the Next Big Thing, and this surreal revenge thriller is Exhibit A. Ingeniously structured and brilliantly shot, it’s the work of a soulless master puzzle-maker, and the cinematic fun gets spoiled by empty sadism. In Korean, with subtitles. (R; runs through March 11)

Clockers ½

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(Showtime on Comcast) Spike Lee puts a human face on characters usually relegated to stereotype as he turns a young drug-dealer’s soul into a moral battleground. Mekhi Phifer, as the agonized dealer, is another Lee discovery, sweet and smart and tough. Delroy Lindo, as the charismatic drug middleman who serves as father figure to the clockers, is also a standout. (R; runs through Feb. 28)

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