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June 10, 2010

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THE GOOD SON
(Encore on Comcast) Macaulay Culkin as an evil kid you wouldn’t want to leave home alone — especially with other kids. He smokes, uses the f-word, and commits murder with a vacant coldness that’s quite scary. Elijah Wood, as the good kid nobody wants to believe, is sympathetic. The locales, ranging from New England to Arizona to a cliff overlooking Lake Superior, register more strongly than the sometimes skimpy story, which comes up short on tension and atmosphere. (R; runs through Aug. 5)

INVICTUS
(Comcast Movies: All Movies) A strong, sober-sided, largely satisfying entry in a rarely-seen genre: the Civic Statuary movie. Morgan Freeman takes a break from playing God to take on Nelson Mandela, bringing his fragmented country together via the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Matt Damon is fine, if opaque, as the team captain. It’s not one of Clint Eastwood’s very greatest films, but it works just fine. (PG-13; runs through Oct. 17) TY BURR

FLETCH
(Encore on Comcast) Appreciation of Michael Ritchie’s film will depend on how much you like Chevy Chase. The “Saturday Night Live’’ refugee is on screen for virtually the entire film, wise-cracking his way through a role that deserved better. (PG; runs through Aug. 26)