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A Christmas Carol FX, 7:30 p.m. - Not much is happening on TV the week before the Christmas holiday… except for FX and the BBC’s co-produced “gritty” take on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Executive produced by Steven Knight and starring Guy Pearce as Ebenezer Scrooge, this version of the classic Christmas story goes all-in on the horror.
The 2020 Miss America Competition NBC, 8:00 p.m. - The annual Miss America national pageant competition kicks things off from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut to determine who, of all the contestants assembled, will take home the title prize.
Prep & Landing ABC, 8:00 p.m. - This 10-year-old Disney TV film sees a veteran elf Dave Foley who, as a part of Santa’s preparation team, strives to make sure houses around the globe are ready for the big man’s annual visit. Thanks to a lost promotion and a violent snowstorm, however, he and his fellows must work together to make things right.
iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2019 The CW, 8:00 p.m. - The latest edition of the annual holiday concert sees performances from Taylor Swift, the Jonas Brothers, Lizzo, and many others perform their biggest hits at separate concerts in New York and Los Angeles that have been combined for the Christmas occasion.
Democratic Presidential Debate PBS/CNN, 8:00 p.m. - The remaining Democratic presidential candidates debate one another in their latest gathering, which will be simultaneously broadcast on PBS and CNN.
The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition ABC, 9:00 p.m. - Yes, The Great British Bake Off remains the best reality baking competition series there is. But it’s the holidays! So, take a seat and at least let the American version treat you with a it of holiday cheer.
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Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.
Happy holidays, folks! This is a holiday week, which means many of us will finally have some much-needed time off. And while you could spend that time with your friends and family, why not blow them off and just watch stuff instead? If you need some ideas about what you should watch as we head into the holidays, I’m here to help. These are the best movies streaming right now.The Best Movies Streaming Right Now The Two Popes Now Streaming on Netflix
Release Date: 2019
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce
The Two Popes is an excuse to watch two great actors – Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce – go head-to-head and sink their teeth into a juicy script. This is a fictionalized probably very fictionalized take on the true story of the transfer of power from Pope Benedict XVI Hopkins to Pope Francis Pryce. Mired in scandal, the conservative Benedict has decided that the Catholic Church needs to head in a new direction under the leadership of a far more liberal holy man. That would be Cardinal Bergoglio, the future Pope Francis. But Bergoglio isn’t exactly jumping up and down for the gig. Director Fernando Meirelles stages what’s essentially a two-man show, giving Hopkins and Pryce scene after scene where they talk theology as one man tries to convince the other to become the head of the church. What could’ve backfired into a talky, boring costume drama is instead bursting with energy, thanks to both Hopkins and Pryce’s performances, and Anthony McCarten’s breezy script.
For fans of: The Young Pope, Sleuth, big hats.The Last Black Man In San Francisco Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 2019
Director: Joe Talbot
Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock
Poetic, heartfelt, and wholly original, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is in a league of its own. This saga follows Jimmie Fails as he attempts to get back his family home in the shifting landscape that is San Francisco. Jimmie brings his best friend Mont Allen Jonathan Majors along for the ride in the struggle to gain control of a sprawling home in the Fillmore District. Director Joe Talbot fills the film with oddities and curiosities, creating a world that is both surreal and wholly real, all of it resulting in one of 2019’s best films.
For fans of: Moonlight, The Royal Tenenbaums, skateboarding.Depraved Now Streaming on Hulu
Release Date: 2019
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...