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On Demand movie highlights

The Secret in Their Eyes ½

(Encore on Comcast) That this Argentine thriller was the shock foreign-language Oscar winner in 2010 says more about the meekness of Academy voters than it does about the ultimate quality of the film. Apparently, there’s no underestimating the appeal of romantic drama crossed with the criminal-investigation thriller. The plot hinges on a young Buenos Aires woman’s murder in 1974 and the legal employee (Ricardo Darin) determined to find her killer. It has the high, slightly nauseating stink of perfume on garbage. In Spanish, with subtitles. (R; runs through April 3)

Inside Job

(Encore on Comcast) A masterpiece of investigative nonfiction moviemaking — a scathing, outrageous, depressing, comical, horrifying report on what and who brought on the 2008 financial crisis. Charles Ferguson’s movie succeeds at upsetting you not by losing its cool, the way so many similar films do, but by slow-cooking. (PG-13; runs through April 3)


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(Showtime on Comcast) Danny Boyle’s brilliantly horrific comedy about Scottish junkies is one of the best studies of underclass rage to come out of the British Isles. It unapologetically depicts the highs of heroin use — then shifts gears as the anti-hero’s life goes into free fall, haunted by nightmare fantasies. Scarier than it is funny, it’s true to its alienated characters, yet it’s anything but a recruiting poster for drug use. (R; runs through March 31)

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