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September 2, 2009

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THE MASK
(Encore on Comcast) Jim Carrey (above) again, as a nerd turned tiger when he slaps a mysterious old mask on his face and is transformed into a green-skinned live wire. He’s got the moves, he’s got the adrenaline, and he’s also got a surprising sweetness as the luckless milquetoast. Snazzy visuals add to the zippy fun of a shrewdly fashioned showcase. (PG-13; runs through Sept. 10)

BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON
(Encore on Comcast) A cheeky, low-budget goof on dice-and-slice horror films, with Nathan Baesel (TV’s “Invasion’’) channeling Jim Carrey as a mass-murderer granting backstage access to a college news crew. It eventually turns into a real horror flick while holding on to the satiric tone, and for all the visible seams, it’s smarter than “Scream.’’ With Robert “Freddy Krueger’’ Englund. (R; runs through Sept. 17) TY BURR

THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED
(Comcast Movies and Events) The true story of Francis Ouimet’s upset win at the 1913 US Open at the Country Club in Brookline has been turned into a honey-colored, hyperactive crowd-pleaser in the “Seabiscuit’’ mold. Nice work from Shia LaBeouf (“Holes’’) as the thoughtfully canny hero, a 20-year-old blue-collar caddy going up against the titans of the sport, but director Bill Paxton never settles down and addresses the ball. (PG; runs through Sept. 17) TY BURR

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