Television

On Demand movie highlights

The Matador ½

(Free on Comcast) In Richard Shepard’s sentimental buddy comedy, Pierce Brosnan plays a burnt-out assassin who befriends a businessman (Greg Kinnear). The film has vibrant pop style, and Brosnan is more relaxed than he was playing James Bond. But there’s too much talk and not enough mischief afoot. With Hope Davis as Kinnear’s uptight wife, who comes alive when Brosnan arrives on their doorstep. (R; runs through March 12)

Quiz Show ½

(Showtime on Comcast) As richly burnished and power-loaded as the money-green 1958 Chrysler that serves as its opening icon. Director Robert Redford tells the story of how 1950s television held out the forbidden fruit of rigged knowledge, and Americans bit. Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Paul Scofield, and Rob Morrow never put a foot wrong in the lead roles, and even the smallest parts are memorably acted or cast. (PG-13; runs through March 11)

My Left Foot

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(Showtime on Comcast) Irish artist-author Christy Brown’s victory over paralysis is brought to the screen with nonstop heart and humor and a total avoidance of cliched uplift by first-time director Jim Sheridan and the amazing Daniel Day-Lewis. (R; runs through March 11)

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