On Demand movie highlights


(Starz on Comcast) Like a segment from a lost episode of “Night Gallery,” David R. Ellis’s 2004 film gives us Kim Basinger as a woman who has been kidnapped and locked in an attic. Fiddling with a broken phone, she’s somehow able to connect to the cellphone of a slacking pretty boy (Chris Evans), whom she persuades to zip around Los Angeles and stop thugs from killing her husband and son. It’s suspenseful, knowingly stupid fun. (PG-13; runs through Nov. 21)

Wesley Morris

Jack the Giant Slayer

(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) In director Bryan Singer’s clever 3-D version of the folk tale, Nicholas Hoult (“Warm Bodies”) is earnest, leather-hoodied Jack, who heads up the beanstalk with Ewan McGregor’s knight to rescue a princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) imperiled by power-hungry Stanley Tucci — and giants, of course. The stratospheric beanstalk is a show-stealing effects element. (PG-13; runs through Nov. 17)

Tom Russo



(Comcast Movie Collections: Just In) Director James Ivory, producer Ismail Merchant and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s adaptation of Jean Rhy’s novel features outstanding performances by Alan Bates and Maggie Smith. Unfortunately, Isabelle Adjani is too simpering to create sympathy. (R; runs through Nov. 10)

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