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On Demand movie highlights

BILLY ELLIOT ½

(Showtime on Comcast) One of the best dance movie. It plays like a cross between “Fame” and “How Green Was My Valley,” following an 11-year-old coal miner’s son as he switches dreams from boxing to ballet. The exhilarating spring in Jamie Bell’s legs as they lift him beyond his dreary world will make your heart soar. (R; runs through Feb. 21)

WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY

(Comcast Free Movies) A sweetly dark road movie about suicides stuck in a Limbo that resembles the industrial outskirts of LA. Writer-director Goran Dukić’s debut feature works like a deadpan charm for much of its running time, and even if it gets cluttered and obvious toward the end, it’s hard to hate a movie where Tom Waits essentially gets to play God. Starring Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, and Shea Whigham. (R; runs through Feb. 16)

Won’t Back Down

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(Movies on Demand) This inspirational fable about the need for parents to take back failed schools is long on gumption and short on particulars — a made-for-TV message movie with a high-end cast that includes Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as a mom and teacher who fight bureaucracy and that mean old teachers’ union. (PG; runs through Feb. 20)

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