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On Demand movie highlights

21 Jump Street ½

(Encore on Comcast) We have lots of terminology for what happens when two male stars appear to have the platonic hots for each other. What Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have in this very funny, unusually perceptive action-comedy scrambles, transcends, and explodes all of that. They play nincompoop narcs undercover at a high school. The movie may not be consciously exploiting the evolution of male buddydom in Hollywood, but it has redrawn the boundaries. (R; runs through March 30)

The Thomas Crown Affair ½

(Free on Comcast) This classic heist caper and sexual chess game has been moved from Boston to Manhattan, with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo in the roles originated by Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. This time, the bored, emotionally unreachable zillionaire robs a museum, not a bank. This remake has more clever plot twists than the original, but it also spends more time trying to be touchy-feely instead of just relaxing into its trashiness. Besides, Brosnan lacks the nervous physicality McQueen projected with such jumpy ease. (R; runs through March 31)

Blue Velvet

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(Free on Comcast) This 1986 film begins when young, clean-cut Kyle MacLachlan finds a severed human ear in a weed-covered lot. He kisses white-picket-fence America goodbye as he finds, to his horror, that something in him wants to play nightmare games with the seething dope pusher behind all the evil. This is the film we knew director David Lynch had in him ever since he surfaced with “Eraserhead.” It’s bizarre, exhilarating, stylish, and original — literally and figuratively the American underworld film of the ’80s. (R; runs through April 1)

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