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On Demand movie highlights

Bella ½

(Free On Comcast) When a down-on-her-luck waitress learns she’s pregnant and loses her job on the same day, she finds herself being led by a near-stranger into a world of family and love that she’s never experienced, and it turns her confidence on its ear. What could have potentially been a challenging and touching look at the abortion question is grounded by shallow characters and a transparent, predictable plot. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 25)

The Frighteners

(Showtime on Comcast) Michael J. Fox gives it his best as a phony ghostbuster who’s put to the test when he meets the real thing — an ectoplasmic serial killer. But the special effects (more than 500 of them) overwhelm the story — or, rather, the lack of one. (R; runs through March 4)

The Outsider

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(Comcast Movie Collections: All New) The “troubles” in Northern Ireland would seem to be an excellent dramatic vehicle: tension, violence, a people torn apart by religious, political, and economic differences. But writer-director Tony Luraschi turns it into a polemic. Speeches replace action and the dialogue is wooden. (Unrated; runs through March 10)

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