On Demand picks
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THE BLIND SIDE(Comcast Movies: All Movies) Sandra Bullock plays a Memphis woman who takes in an enormous, athletic African-American. He thrives. She thrives. The film is hard to resist. But it’s another Hollywood movie about a black male rescued from God knows what either by nice white people or sports. Here it’s both. How good we feel is directly proportional to how blind we’re willing to be. (PG-13; runs through Aug. 22) WESLEY MORRIS
BATMAN RETURNS(Comcast Movies: All Movies) Better than the original because it’s more of a Tim Burton film — darker, weirder, more gnarled and more fun as it sends its isolated, conflicted characters through a heavy, oppressive retro Gotham City where the architecture is either fascist or decaying, or both. The sun never shines on Michael Keaton’s brooding Batman or Danny DeVito’s embittered Penguin. Michelle Pfeiffer, as whip-cracking Catwoman in a slinky, sexy black catsuit with Frankenstein stitching, steals the movie. (PG-13; runs through June 7)
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