On demand picks
E.T., THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YA-YA SISTERHOOD(MAX on Comcast) An uneasy mix of molasses-thick melodrama and ribald jokes, this adaptation of the much-beloved Rebecca Wells novel, starring Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Ellen Burstyn, and James Garner, still somehow exudes warmth and charm behind its crooked smile. Sure, it’s contrived and predictable, but there are enough well-tuned performances to make it winning. (PG-13; runs through Aug. 13) RENEE GRAHAM
ABSOLUTE POWER(Starz on Comcast) Not top-drawer Clint Eastwood, but not bad, either, as he wryly and slyly plays a thief who brings a lot of firepower down on his head when he interrupts a burglary to witness an ugly crime connected to the White House. (R; runs through Aug. 13)
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