ON DEMAND PICKS
February 11, 2009
ARMAGEDDON(MAX on Demand) Bruce Willis (above) and his gang trying to destroy a Texas-size asteroid before it destroys us. Big, noisy, stupid, and shameless - but Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, and Steve Buscemi almost persuade us we're watching something that matters. That's more than can be said for the amped-up directing style and special effects. (PG-13; runs through Feb. 26)
BABE(Starz on Demand) A great children's movie, with even more to see than amazing special effects that allow barnyard animals to chat with each other. It tells a sweet but not saccharine story about a guileless piglet who is determined to herd sheep along with his adopted family of border collies. In the process, Babe the pig proves that personality is more important than species, and that niceness gets results. (G; runs through Feb. 26)
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