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September 10, 2011

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THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (Starz on Comcast) There’s no magic to speak of, and very little connection to “Fantasia.’’ At least once, Nicolas Cage waves his arms and Alfred Molina goes flying across a bathroom (why do so many action sequences involve urinals?), and the Merrill Lynch bull statue stampedes around Wall Street. But a movie in which spells are cast is not the same as a movie that casts a spell. (PG; runs through Dec. 31) WESLEY MORRIS

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Starz on Comcast) Robert Zemeckis’s second try at 3-D motion-capture holiday storytelling (after 2004’s dire “The Polar Express’’) is a marked improvement: A darkly detailed marvel of creative visualization that does well by Dickens and right by audiences. Jim Carrey (or his digital facsimile) gives a sharp, reined-in performance as Scrooge, and while the film sometimes panders, it just as often soars. Too scary for the little guys, though. (PG; runs through Jan. 31) TY BURR

SALT (Starz on Comcast) Angelina Jolie plays an American spy on the run for, perhaps, being a Russian double agent. The movie is ridiculous and mostly indistinguishable from other such mediocre thrillers. And as good as Jolie’s indestructible routine is, it might also be shopworn enough to call for a foil. With any luck Queen Latifah will tempt fate and join future proceedings as Pepper. (PG-13; runs through Jan. 31) WESLEY MORRIS