“Counterpart” returns for a second season. And Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald play mom and daughter in “Dumplin’.”
What’s on TV
COUNTERPART 9 p.m. on Starz. When this multidimensional thriller debuted a couple of 12 months in the past, the Times critic Mike Hale known as it “the most entertaining new series of the winter.” J.Ok. Simmons stars as two variations of the identical character. One is a low-level employee with the United Nations in Berlin. The different, dwelling in a parallel dimension spun off from the true world 30 years earlier, is a coldblooded spy. The first season ended with the 2 variations of the characters every getting caught within the different’s dimension. The second season, debuting Sunday night time, picks up the story from there, permitting Simmons extra time to delve into the nuances of this difficult double function. “I considered all kinds of subtle things in terms of appearance that ultimately seemed unnecessary,” the actor told The Times earlier this year. “Because the more interesting thing was how has a person really changed at his core in the second 30 years of his life due to his environment, his experiences.”
DUMPLIN’ (2018) on Netflix. A 2015 young-adult novel by Julie Murphy supplies the premise for this movie, whose title comes from the nickname that its central character is given by her mom. That mom, performed by Jennifer Aniston, is a former magnificence queen in a small Texas city. Her daughter, Willowdean (Danielle Macdonald), fed up together with her mom’s expectations relating to her weight, decides to enter the native magnificence pageant (which occurs to be run by her mom). “Macdonald was sensational in the under-loved indie comedy ‘Patti Cake$,’ and she easily holds the screen here, too, even when working on fumes and with dumb shtick,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The Times. She added that the solid at giant will “keep you hopeful even when the storytelling grinds to a crawl, which happens frequently.”
MOWGLI: LEGEND OF THE JUNGLE (2018) on Netflix. The actor Andy Serkis is understood for bringing unusual life to motion-capture characters like Gollum in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” movies and Caesar within the latest “Planet of the Apes” films. He took a flip directing with this blood-soaked adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” tales. Its title character, Mowgli (Rohan Chand), is raised amongst wild animals. Through motion-capture, Christian Bale performs a panther; Benedict Cumberbatch is a tiger; and Cate Blanchett performs a python. “The filmmakers are clearly trying to bring an uncommon maturity to the fantasy film,” Glenn Kenny wrote in his review for The Times. “And in many respects they succeed.”
THE BOY AND THE BEAST (2015) on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and YouTube. Like Mowgli, the protagonist of this anime fantasy can also be surrounded by creatures. The movie follows Ren, a younger Japanese orphan who finds a portal to a world crammed with humanoid animals. The movie’s director, Mamoru Hosoda, extra just lately directed “Mirai,” additionally anime, which was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for best animated motion picture on Thursday.
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