Television

On Demand movie highlights

Saw

(Showtime on Comcast) Two men wind up in a bathroom with one assignment from an anonymous sicko: Kill each other. While it often resembles the ghastliest edition yet of “Fear Factor” or “Survivor” and features some of the goriest direction this side of “Project Greenlight,” this nightmare manages occasionally to knot up your tummy. With Cary Elwes as a potential victim and a never nuttier Danny Glover as a detective. (R; runs through Sept. 14 )

Billy Elliot ½

(Showtime on Comcast) This excellent dance movie 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 Sept. 17)

Adventures in Babysitting

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(Showtime on Comcast) A bubblegum “After Hours,” in which three white suburban kids plunge into escalating misadventures in the Chicago they’ve been taught to fear. Chris Columbus, in his directing debut, shows more sympathy for kids than in his screenplays. Elisabeth Shue, as the baby sitter, delivers a fresh, winning performance in this synthetic, yet likable, outing. (PG-13; runs through Sept. 17)

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