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December 1, 2010

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FRIDA (Starz on Comcast) Director Julie Taymor wants everyone to like her subject, the artist Frida Kahlo, whose story is told as fully and accessibly as one can convey the life of a bisexual Communist Mexican painter with a limp and a monobrow. Salma Hayek is electric yet unshowy in the title role, and Alfred Molina is great as her husband, Diego Rivera. But despite its lush flourishes the movie is too much for the conventional biopic. (R; runs through Dec. 2) WESLEY MORRIS

BEVERLY HILLS COP (Max on Comcast) Detroit cop Eddie Murphy grosses out cool, blond Beverly Hills when a buddy is murdered. More cop caper than comedy, but there are lots of funny set pieces (like the old banana-in-the-exhaust trick) to go with the bullets. (R; runs through Dec. 2)

ADDICTED TO LOVE (Comcast Movies: All Movies) A tricky balancing act, mostly brought off, as director Griffin Dunne brings an “After Hours’’ edge to this romantic comedy about jilted lovers Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick teaming up to stalk, spy upon, and get even with their ex-mates. (R; runs through Dec. 6)

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