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On Demand picks

March 1, 2011

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TSOTSI (Comcast Movies: All Movies) This foreign-language Oscar-winner from South Africa is an earnest drama of moral redemption that puts old cliches in an unfamiliar setting. (That’s why it won.) Newcomer Presley Chweneyagae plays a feral street thug whose conscience stirs when he accidentally carjacks an infant. Based on a novel written by the young Athol Fugard, it’s been repurposed for the post-apartheid era to mixed results. In “tsotsi-taal’’ and Afrikaans, with subtitles. (R; runs through March 7) TY BURR

16 BLOCKS (Comcast Movies: All Movies) Hung over and limping, with a weaselly mustache, Bruce Willis is commanded to pick up a convict (Mos Def) and drive him to a courthouse, where the con is supposed to play the star witness in a trial against crooked cops. Both Willis and Mos Def are solid, and Richard Donner is still fleet as a director of action, but most of the ride is unbelievably bland. (PG-13; runs through Dec. 31) WESLEY MORRIS

STARSHIP TROOPERS (Encore on Comcast) All the visceral impact you could hope for — all the viscera, too. Paul Verhoeven finds the four prettiest kids in a future fascist military dictatorship, suits them up, and ships them out to zap a bunch of giant bugs. (R; runs through March 3)