Of Gods and Men
(Starz on Comcast) This 2010 Cannes prize-winner dramatizes the fate of a group of Trappist monks during the Algerian civil war of the 1990s. What could have been a foursquare tale of martyrdom is something weirder and much richer: an experience that takes us right up to the edge of human experience and peers into the unknown. In French and Arabic, with subtitles (PG-13; runs through Dec. 4)
Shall We Dance?
(Encore on Comcast) Tender, delicate, affecting film about a Tokyo corporate drone fighting mid-life crisis and buttoned-down Japanese repression by signing on for ballroom dance lessons, stirred by the sight of a beautiful but lonely looking dance teacher. (PG; runs through July 3)
The Princess Bride
(Free on Comcast) Rob Reiner’s loving pictorialization of William Goldman’s modern fairytale classic, a sort of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” meet the Grimm Brothers. Without the book’s 2000 Year-Old Man narrative voice, the film sometimes flattens out, but parents will relish showing their children its wryly affectionate view of swashbuckling preposterousness. (PG; runs through Sept. 30)