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What to Watch on TV and at the Movies This Week

CBS pops up a fantastic ‘The Good Wife’ spin-off, HBO pops in on palace intrigue in ‘The Regime,’ and ‘Dune: Part Two’ makes going to the movies an eye-popping good time

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Kate Winslet stars in "The Regime."
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What’s on this week? Whether it’s what’s on cable, streaming on Prime Video or Netflix, or opening at your local movie theater, we’ve got your must-watch list. Start with TV and scroll down for movies. It’s all right here.

On TV this week …

Elsbeth (CBS)

In a spin-off series, Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston, 56), the quirky attorney on The Good Wife and The Good Fight, leaves Chicago to help NYPD Captain Wagner (The Wire’s Wendell Pierce, 60) solve crimes with her scatterbrained yet high-IQ imagination.

Watch it: Elsbeth, Feb. 29, 10 p.m. ET on CBS

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The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin (Apple TV+)

The Great British Baking Show host Noel Fielding, 50, plays a Robin Hood-like 19th-century highwayman whose outlandish outlaw gang tries to outwit corrupt lawman Jonathan Wilde (Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, 60).

Watch it: The Completely Made-Up Adventures of Dick Turpin, March 1 on Apple TV+

The Regime (HBO)

The creators of Succession bring you Kate Winslet as the leader of a crumbling Central European autocracy menaced by an opposition leader (Hugh Grant, 63), with Martha Plimpton, 53, as the U.S. secretary of state trying to make everything work out to America’s benefit.

Watch it: The Regime, March 3 on HBO, Max

Animal Control, Season 2 (Fox)

Joel McHale, 52, plays a cranky cop-turned-senior-animal-control-officer in the sitcom whose premiere was the most-streamed scripted show in Fox history. And this season, his Community costar, actual doctor-turned-actor Ken Jeong, 54, guest stars.

Watch it: Animal Control, March 6 on Fox, Hulu

​​​​Your Amazon Prime Video Watch of the Week is here!

Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Season 1

Remember that Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie thriller about a bored married couple who learn they’re both employed as assassins for competing syndicates? Well, Emmy winner Donald Glover (Atlanta) has reconceived the story as a series about two strangers (Glover and former Pen15 star Maya Erskine) who are thrust into an arranged marriage by the secretive spy agency they joined. In each episode, they face new high-stakes challenges — both in the field and in their increasingly complicated personal relationship.

Watch it: Mr. & Mrs. Smith on Prime Video

Don’t miss this: The 10 Best Things Coming to Prime Video in March

​​Your Netflix Watch of the Week is here!

Spaceman, R

Johan Renck, 57, the filmmaker behind the Emmy-winning HBO series Chernobyl, here tackles an ambitious adaptation of a novel about an astronaut (Adam Sandler, 57) sent on a six-month solo mission to the edge of the solar system. He battles not only loneliness, but also guilt about his fractured relationship with his wife (Carey Mulligan). There are surprises aplenty here, from the mysterious creature he encounters (voiced by Paul Dano) to the fact that the astronaut is played by Sandler in a rare dramatic role.

Watch it: Spaceman on Netflix

Don’t miss this: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Adam Sandler

​And don’t miss this: The 14 Best Things Coming to Netflix in March

​​What’s new at the movies …

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Dune: Part Two, PG-13

Oppenheimer director Christopher Nolan compares this incredibly epic film of Frank Herbert’s SF classic to The Empire Strikes Back, which outdid the original Star Wars. He’s got a point. It’s an eye-popping, sonically stunning, highly original story with massively more action, character and plot than the 2021 Dune: Part One. Timothée Chalamet is more vibrant as Paul, the hero battling the Nazi-esque Harkonnens, and the grownups are great: Javier Bardem, 54, and Josh Brolin, 56, as his friends and mentors, Christopher Walken, 80, as the evil Emperor and Stellan Skarsgård, 72, as the Jabba the Hutt-like Baron Harkonnen. The amazingly confusing plot mostly holds your interest, but it’s the images that stick with you: Paul riding the giant sand worm, warriors erupting from the ground like skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts, rallies straight out of Triumph of the Will, fabulous battles. It’s like a trip to other planets. —Tim Appelo (T.A.)

Watch it: Dune: Part Two, March 1 in theaters

Don’t miss this: Everything You Need to Know Before You Watch Dune: Part 2

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Shōgun (FX/Hulu)

In a miniseries adaptation of James Clavell’s mammoth 1975 bestseller about 17th-century Japan, Hiroyuki Sanada, 63 (John Wick: Chapter 4), stars as Lord Toranaga, fighting for his life with an odd ally, marooned English ship’s pilot John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis). The 1980 Shōgun miniseries got the second-highest viewership in TV history (after Roots) and earned a 75 percent critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes; the 2024 version earned a perfect 100 percent.

Watch it: Shōgun on FXHulu

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Io Capitano, NR

The engaging and insightful International Oscar nominee Io Capitano (“I, Captain”), presents an immigrant odyssey that puts a human face on disaster-trumpeting headlines. Seydou and Massa (Seydou Sarr, Moustapha Fall), teen cousins with stars in their eyes, leave their teeming Senegalese village for the alluringly moneyed land of milk and Chianti across the desert and over the Mediterranean: Italy. Their odyssey via Libya leads to near-death in the sand dunes, brutal labor, heartless human traffickers and unexpected allies. It climaxes with a dangerous voyage on a rickety, marginally seaworthy boat brimming with passengers. Io Capitano combines magic realism and ultrarealism to give audiences insight into the emotional journey of two lovely and loving young men who share a dream that threatens to tip over into nightmare. Harrowing and uplifting. —Thelma M. Adams (T.M.A.)

Watch it: Io Capitano, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Ordinary Angels, PG

Sick of seeing Americans cynically at each other’s throats? The cure is this fact-inspired flick about a scrappy hairdresser (Hilary Swank, 49) who rallies a town to save a little girl who needs a liver transplant in the middle of a historic snowstorm. Like Julia Roberts doing Erin Brockovich, Swank has a blast as a brash gal who drinks everybody under the table (“I’m just tryin’ to make one of these guys look my age!”), then hops on the bar for karaoke and passes out. Crisis snaps her awake, so she invades the little girl’s home with audaciously presumptuous plans to save the day, to the consternation of the girl’s big lug of a dad (Reacher’s Alan Ritchson) but to the delight of the girl, her sister and their granny (Nancy Travis, 62). It’s earnest and predictable, also absorbing and moving, thanks to the acting punch Swank packs, and the sweet fact it actually happened. Though it’s made from a faith-based point of view, it’s not a sermon, and it takes you into hearts pierced by grief, addiction, estrangement, disease, medical bankruptcy and the horror of feeling that one might lose everything, including faith. —T.A.

Watch it: Ordinary Angels, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐☆☆ Bob Marley: One Love, PG-13

Kingsley Ben-Adir, who played Malcolm X in the Oscar-nominated 2020 One Night in Miami ..., delivers a smartly focused performance as reggae legend Bob Marley. He nails the late star’s Jamaican patois (you sometimes wish the film had subtitles), but what’s missing is the Soul Rebel who brought stadiums of fans to their feet. You can feel director Reinaldo Marcus Green straining against the family-approved biopic format, in which less attractive episodes such as infidelities and arrests get only a glancing mention. When the focus stays on Marley’s singular talent — for example, a lingering scene in which he and the band piece together the classic tune “Exodus” — One Love succeeds in getting things together so you can feel all right. —Thom Geier (T.G.)

Watch it: Bob Marley: One Love, in theaters

Don't miss this: Ziggy Marley reveals his father’s final words to him on AARP Members Only Access

⭐⭐⭐☆☆ This Is Me … Now: A Love Story, PG-13 (Prime Video)

Jennifer Lopez, 54, spent $20 million of her own dough on this genre-bending special timed to drop with her first studio album in a decade. It’s a full-on cinematic experience — with an autobiographical look at the pop diva’s life, including her tabloid-fodder romances. Yes, new hubby Ben Affleck, 51, appears, along with such stars as Fat Joe, 53, Post Malone, Keke Palmer, Sofia Vergara, 51, Derek Hough and Neil deGrasse Tyson, 65. The musical production numbers, with over-the-top sets, costumes and choreography, look epic. 

Watch it: This Is Me … Now: A Love Story on Prime Video

Read the full review here: Everything You Need to Know About Jennifer Lopez’s ‘This Is Me … Now’ Musical Biopic

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⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Oppenheimer, R (Peacock)

Yes, it was better on Imax, but the Oscar front-runner biopic about the father of the A-bomb also packs a punch on the small screen — and now it’s streaming! The story ricochets through time and space fast as a photon, plotting the arc of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy). The left-leaning, womanizing physicist passionately pursues pioneering atomic science. But he can’t live with his baby, the bomb that decimated Hiroshima, ending World War II. The sprawling drama is a dazzling cinematic achievement boosted by muscular performances from Robert Downey Jr., 58, Matt Damon, 53, and Jason Clarke, 54, and a huge cast of characters with complicated collisions. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Oppenheimer on Peacock (also in theaters and on demand)​​

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Taste of Things, PG-13

Not since Babette’s Feast has there been a culinary movie so delicious. In this sensual French period entry for the Oscar, which was overshadowed by the more serious contemporary best picture nominee Anatomy of a Fall, Juliette Binoche, 59, leads the way around a large, rustic kitchen in 1889 France. The actress is graceful, passionate and mysterious as Eugenie, a chef whose culinary talent and skills border on the mystical. Employed for two decades by the famed gourmet Dodin Bouffant (Binoche’s ex-partner Benoît Magimel, 49), the magnificent first act finds her cooking with mouthwatering detail, her hands never still or unsure, her concentration absolute. From this emerge the delicate flavors of her collaboration and consensual no-strings sexual relationship with Bouffant, the nurturing of an apprentice and an appreciation for food preparation as its own genius. The Taste of Things is a yummy version of a life well lived, where dinner isn’t a meal between dusk and dark, but a daily celebration of life for as long as it lasts. —T.M.A.

Watch it: The Taste of Things, in theaters

The New Look (Apple TV+)

Boasting what’s apt to be the best-dressed cast of the TV season, this series about 1940s fashion revolutionary Christian Dior (Ben Mendelsohn, 54) is also a World War II drama — his rival Paris designer Coco Chanel (Juliette Binoche, 59) was a Nazi collaborator, while his sister (Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones) was tortured in a concentration camp. Glenn Close, 76, plays legendary Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow, who famously exclaimed at Dior’s 1947 show, “It’s such a new look!”

Watch it: The New Look on Apple TV+

​Don’t miss this: 8 Quick Questions for Juliette Binoche on AARP Members Only Access

The Tourist, Season 2 (Netflix)

If you like amnesia dramas (Memento, The Bourne Identity) and funny/grisly crime epics like Fargo, try this truly twisty series. The first season was the No. 1 hit in England, about a guy (Fifty Shades of Grey’s Jamie Dornan) who wakes up in Australia’s Outback with no idea who he is, or why gangsters want to kill him. So he goes on the run with a somewhat Frances McDormand-ish probation officer he’s sweet on (charming Danielle Macdonald). In the new second season, they head to Ireland to find his roots, and right into a bloody feud between families, one led by the sometimes nice (or violent) Niamh Cassidy (The Crown’s Olwen Fouéré, 69).

Watch it: The Tourist on Netflix, Season 1 streaming now, Season 2 on Feb. 29

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Promised Land, Unrated

Mads Mikkelsen, 58, has the capacity to be an old-fashioned movie star in the Gary Cooper strong, beautiful but silent vein. This Danish Oscar entry is a sweeping period drama wrapped in a Western cloak. Imposing war veteran Ludwig von Kahlen (Mikkelsen) travels to the heath with a land grant, intending to become a prosperous landowner. The aristocratic Anton Eklund (Gustav Lindh) rejects the newcomer Kahlen, his ambitions — and his employing Eklund’s runaway indentured servants. It’s a classic fight of good versus evil. While von Kahlen flirts with Eklund’s intended fiancée and embraces a servant who crawls into his bed, circumstances force the fighter-turned-farmer to sacrifice his dreams for a future venturing into the unknown, embracing the love of a good woman with callused hands. The pair ride off into the sunset in this compelling, romantic and refreshingly retro drama where broken promises can lead to unexpected opportunities. —T.M.A.

Watch it: The Promised Land, in theaters

Feud: Capote vs. the Swans (FX, Hulu)

In a true tale, drunken literary legend Truman Capote (The White Lotus’ Tom Hollander, 56) cultivates Manhattan’s high-society ladies (Naomi Watts, 55, Diane Lane, 59, Chloë Sevigny, 49, Calista Flockhart, 59), then betrays them by writing about their most mortifying personal secrets.

Watch it: Feud on FX and Hulu

Don’t miss this: What You Need to Know Before You Watch ‘Feud: Capote vs. The Swans’

Griselda (Netflix)

Who knew Sofia Vergara, 51, had a mean streak? The Modern Family alum stars in this gripping six-episode limited series as Griselda Blanco, the real-life leader of a Colombian drug cartel whose streak of ruthlessness earned her the nickname Black Widow. She did it all for her children — but will she get them all killed?

Watch it: Griselda on Netflix

Don’t miss this: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sofia Vergara (video)

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Origin, PG-13

Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, 54, channels the juicy, brainy Isabel Wilkerson, 63, the real-life Pulitzer Prize winning author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. The script by Wilkerson and director Ava DuVernay, 51, weaves the intellectual’s personal journey through grief and loss and her intellectual digging into the roots of inequality and oppression. Searching for the intersection between American racism, the Holocaust and the Indian caste system, the narrative moves from 1930s Nazi book burnings to the tragic 2012 murder of Black teen Trayvon Martin in a white suburb. Overstuffed and long, the film’s a lot to digest. Despite Ellis-Taylor’s powerful performance, alongside a never-better Jon Bernthal as Wilkerson’s husband, the didactic literary adaptation might have been better served by a documentary. Origin’s virtues are many: vivid characterizations, a global perspective and a narrative that plunges into the hero’s journey of a brilliant Black woman.  —T.M.A.

Watch it: Origin, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Mean Girls, PG-13

It’s been 20 years since homeschooled new-girl Cady first tried to infiltrate the popular clique at suburban North Shore High School. Now she’s back, in a quasi remake that lifts radio-ready songs from the Tony-nominated 2018 musical and smartly updates the material with fresh, “grool” twists on familiar lines and production numbers shot like TikTok flash mobs. Tina Fey (who also wrote the screenplay) and Tim Meadows reprise their roles as frazzled teachers, but the real standouts are Reneé Rapp as alpha mean girl Regina George and Auli’I Cravalho as Cady’s artsy outsider confidante. This teen comedy is utterly fetching.  —T.G.

Watch it: Mean Girls, in theaters and on Paramount+

Don’t miss this: 5 Reasons Why Tina Fey Should Take Over ‘Saturday Night Live’

Finding Your Roots (PBS)

Henry Louis Gates Jr. and his DNA sleuths reveal the hidden family past of Michael Douglas, 79, and Lena Dunham, among others. (AARP is a corporate sponsor of Season 10.)

Watch it: Finding Your Roots on PBS

Don’t miss this: Henry Louis Gates Jr.: ‘I Work Hard ... and Sleep Like a Baby’

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⭐⭐⭐☆☆ The Color Purple, PG-13

The Pulitzer Prize–winning 1982 novel by Alice Walker, 79, is strong medicine. The Color Purple Broadway musical version has been adapted for the screen, following the 1985 drama from Steven Spielberg, 77. The movie musical about Celie — an abused orphan in the Deep South suffering repeated abominations until she finally gets out from under and finds redemption — boasts an unbeatable cast: Fantasia Barrino as the put-upon heroine; a vibrant Taraji P. Henson, 53, as Shug Avery, the singer who escaped their hometown; and Rustin’s Colman Domingo, 54, as the meanest, orneriest, downright evil Mister. The costumes, vocal talent and energetic production numbers are first-rate. Yet the story’s pile-on of horrors — incest, rape, baby theft, physical abuse, soul-crushing incarceration — make for a discordant mix of the feel-good and the feel-worse. —T.M.A.

Watch it: The Color Purple, in theaters

​⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Maestro, R (Netflix)

As West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein, Bradley Cooper captures his incandescent musical gift, joie de vivre, reckless prankishness, inwardness and performative ebullience, his bisexual seductiveness and utter selfishness. As his Broadway star wife, Felicia Montealegre, Carey Mulligan is even better. We feel her radiant intelligence and big heart, the spark between them and her exasperation when he courts handsome youths at their legendary posh parties. —T.A.

Watch it: Maestro on Netflix

Don’t miss this: Just How Accurate Is the Leonard Bernstein Movie ‘Maestro’?

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Godzilla Minus One, PG-13

The latest Japanese-produced Godzilla movie from Japan's Toho Studio takes the character back to his roots even as it reinvents him. Set in the late 1940s, it focuses on a group of ordinary citizens, including an ex-navy pilot who rejected a kamikaze mission, and a young woman who takes in an orphaned girl. They embark on a people's crusade against Godzilla, a dinosaur-like creature made gigantic by atomic testing, because the government refuses to take responsibility for dealing with him. Borrowing from an array of classic movies, including the original Jaws, this is a rare giant monster movie where the human relationships are as compelling as the scenes where the big guy stomps and incinerates cities. —Matt Zoller Seitz (M.Z.S.)

Watch it: Godzilla Minus One, in theaters

Don’t miss this: Why ‘Godzilla Minus One’ Is the Biggest Unexpected Hit Since ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ American Fiction, PG-13

Jeffrey Wright, 58, owns 2023. The brilliant actor delivered a mighty profile as Rustin’s Rep. Adam Clayton Powell and now carries Cord Jefferson’s brainy, acerbic comedy as the enraged Thelonius “Monk” Ellison, an academic whose latest erudite novel is a least-seller. When he encounters a Black woman novelist whose breakout debut employs young urban speech, the writer confronts market realities. As Monk attempts to prove that he, too, can write pandering fiction, he gets drawn back into his affluent family’s orbit. Mother Leslie Uggams, 80, and siblings Tracee Ellis Ross, 51, and Sterling K. Brown form a formidable family unit (with their New England beach house, the Ellisons are more seaside lane than city street). Both a family dramedy and a sharp take on publishing’s failures, American Fiction also reflects the concerns of a microcosm of Black artists working in Hollywood, navigating systemic racism while expected to deliver stories with “street cred,” whatever that means — and to whom — on any particular day. —T.M.A.

Watch it: American Fiction, in theaters and on demand

⭐⭐⭐☆☆ Wonka, PG

Timothée Chalamet exudes wide-eyed charm as chocolatier Willy Wonka struggling to set up his first shop as a 20-something orphan. (Curiously, he flashes no hint of the menace or cynicism that Gene Wilder famously brought to the role in the original 1971 film.) This sunshiny Wonka is surrounded by an overstuffed cast that includes a plumped-up Keegan-Michael Key, 52, Olivia Colman (in full camp mode) and Hugh Grant, 63 (who goes all in as a diminutive Oompa Loompa). Paul King, the filmmaker behind the two justly praised live-action Paddington movies, brings a visual flair to the enterprise, which boasts several well-choreographed production numbers and new songs that mesh nicely with classics such as “Pure Imagination.” The candy-colored visuals go a long way to compensate for a script that can be a muddle, stretched taffy-thin by too many villains, subplots and characters who are not given much to do. —T.G.

Watch it: Wonka, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Zone of Interest, PG-13

Among the most chilling photographs displayed at Berlin’s Topography of Terror museum is this image: smiling female Auschwitz guards enjoying their day off, steins raised, at a beer garden. Jonathan Glazer, 58, sets his Oscar-bound Holocaust drama The Zone of Interest nearby, at the compound of Camp Commandant Rudolf Höss (Christian Friedel, Babylon Berlin) and his wife, Hedwig (Sandra Huller, also in the much-buzzed Anatomy of a Fall). Their happy home, with its lush garden (fertilized with suspicious ash) and playful children, shelters a family striving for a bourgeois life within sniffing distance of the spewing chimneys at the infamous concentration camp. Like the photo at the Topography of Terror, the movie shows the banality of wickedness. For the Höss family, life goes on amid the scurrying, starving prisoner-servants underfoot as the patriarch rises due to his genocidal efficiency. Their prosperous garden of evil, fueled by denial, is an atrocity of complicity, and a timely remembrance. —T.M.A.

Watch it: The Zone of Interest, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Poor Things, R

Emma Stone goes far out on a limb — and then leaps without a net — in her second outrageous collaboration with Yorgos Lanthimos, 50 (The Favourite). Stone delivers a sexy, physically demanding and outlandish performance that exists in an artistic universe far, far away from the mainstream gloss of Spiderman’s saucy girlfriend Gwen. She plays Bella Baxter, a young suicide given an electric shock at a second life by the compassionate but cray-cray scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (a sublimely ridiculous Willem Dafoe, 68). His bumpy, scarred visage reflects his predilection for self-experimentation, while Bella is his beauty. Mark Ruffalo, 56, flexes his comic chops as a Bella-obsessed gent who has no idea what she’s capable of — or of his own limitations. Part Frankenstein, part Galatea, Bella has a learning curve that’s swift, unexpected and driven by unrestrained appetites. Although Poor Things occasionally careens into extreme whimsy, it’s a gorgeously shot, designed and costumed portrait of an incomparable woman on the verge of a fantastical breakthrough. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Poor Things, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Boy and the Heron, PG-13

Long ago, when my two grown kids were little, I adored animation. Then it became something like eating too many hot dogs — I never again craved wieners or hyper cartoons. The major exception is the creations of Japanese genius Hayao Miyazaki, 82. His latest movie is true to form: unhurried, tender and wise. Nearly every frame of this artistic masterpiece inspires awe. His visions of undulating waters, flickering flames and sunlight cracking cloud cover have sublime detail, composition and color. The story itself offers wonder, humor and life lessons that don’t reduce to “Eat your broccoli.” The hero of this feature, which Miyazaki claims to be his last, is a motherless boy. Mahito encounters a heron, a magical creature symbolizing good luck, a fowl capable of moving among three elements: earth, water and air. Together, bird and orphan cross the thin membrane between life and death, encountering strange and marvelous creatures, and inhabiting a visually thrilling story that represents the very best in bold contemporary animation and popular art. —T.M.A.

Watch it: The Boy and The Heron, in theaters

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Napoleon, R

This account of the warrior ruler who defined 19th century Europe is the sort of stuff epic director Ridley Scott, 85, eats for breakfast. Here he reunites with his Gladiator villain Joaquin Phoenix, whose take on Napoleon is frequently fresh and often funny (deliberately so). Scott brings an almost classical sense of spectacle to the often pulpy script by David Scarpa and gives each detailed battle scene its own distinct color palette. As Napoleon’s love Josephine, Vanessa Kirby is an apt volleyer for Phoenix’s eccentricity. The movie’s 158-minute length is substantial, but given how eventful its subject’s life was, Napoleon practically gallops along. —Glenn Kenny (G.K.)

Watch it: Napoleon, on demand

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Holdovers, R

Director Alexander Payne, 62, made actor Paul Giamatti, 56, famous in his 2004 wine-country comedy Sideways. They reunite in an Oscar-touted, record-setting Toronto Film Festival hit about a curmudgeon (Giamatti’s specialty) who teaches at a New England prep school and is stuck on campus to babysit a few students over Christmas break in the early 1970s. He bonds with one chronic misfit kid (Dominic Sessa) and the school’s cook (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), who’s mourning her son, a former student at the school who was accepted at Swarthmore but, cash-poor, was sent to die in Vietnam. It’s a hilarious, poignant movie in a beautiful, character-rich retro-1970s style. It’s a Christmas movie as uplifting as the saddest of Christmas songs, and as full of hope against all odds. —T.A.

Watch it: The Holdovers, in theaters and on demand

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Killers of the Flower Moon, R (Apple TV+)

Lily Gladstone is the beating heart of Martin Scorsese’s historical true-crime drama about the reign of terror in 1920s Osage County, Oklahoma. The wealthy diabetic Mollie Burkhart comes to represent the Osage Nation, who are living in frontier luxury after oil was discovered beneath their communal land. Scorsese, 80, lushly re-creates the oil-rush backwater, with its muddy streets, fancy motorcars and tribal pageantry. However, the director miscasts 48-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio as 28-year-old Ernest Burkhart, Mollie’s white seducer. They wed but the seemingly dutiful husband has divided loyalties, remaining obligated to his uncle, rancher William Hale (quietly terrifying Robert De Niro, 80). Hale architects a murderous conspiracy to profit from the Osage birthright. As the body count rises, including Mollie’s two sisters, coincidence turns to conviction — and the greedy culprits must be brought to justice. The juicy period piece based on the nonfiction bestseller by David Grann gets the Hollywood star treatment, but a multipart series with age-appropriate male stars might have better-served the grim chapter’s complexities. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Killers of the Flower Moon, in theaters, on Apple TV+ and on demand

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Anatomy of a Fall, R

Writers Sandra (standout Sandra Hüller) and Vincent (Swann Arlaud) share a remote alpine chalet with their 11-year-old son, Daniel, but their marriage is strained. What makes this elegant, gripping crime thriller (and Cannes Film Festival winner) unusual is that the pot never boils. When an attractive journalist comes to interview the more successful Sandra, an unseen Vincent blasts music to disrupt their conversation. How passive-aggressive — or is his behavior something angrier? Later, he tumbles from the third-floor window, bloodying the snow below. The narrative pivots, becoming a courtroom drama with Sandra in the dock, accused of suspicious death. Her vision-impaired son is the sole material witness. Daniel has knowledge of what occurred in the house — but how reliable is he? Is he loyal to his surviving mother, or to his late father? Did Sandra or didn’t she? If only those chalet walls could talk. —T.M.A.

Watch it: Anatomy of a Fall, in theaters and on streaming

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Barbie, PG-13

Hot pink in the summertime: That’s the new Barbie. And, whoopsie, she’s having an existential crisis. When the Mattel doll (a perfectly cast Margot Robbie) leaves her platonic pal Ken (hunky Ryan Gosling) for the real world, she gets a big surprise. Unlike her native Barbieland, a girl-power utopia where plastic playthings are presidents and Supreme Court justices, she confronts the patriarchy. Over at Mattel, the CEO (Will Ferrell, 56) presides over an all-male board that won’t play nice and wants to put her in a box. Throughout, the tone is playfully ironic with a side of preach. The biggest joy is in the endless runway of familiar doll costumes and the cotton candy sets. Robbie makes a genial ringmaster, with a terrific cast that includes Rhea Perlman, 75, America Ferrera and a slew of starry Barbies and Kens. Is Barbie a feminist? The movie replies with a chorus of “yes!” —T.M.A.

Watch it: Barbie, in theaters and on demand

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