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CHARLIE SAYS (2019) 9 p.m. on Showtime. Mary Harron vacillates between jail and film ranch in “Charlie Says,” her drama about the Charles Manson cult. Though she is finest generally known as the director of the satirical serial-killer research “American Psycho,” Harron right here pays comparatively little consideration to Manson himself (performed by Matt Smith), as a substitute focusing on three of his feminine followers (performed by Hannah Murray, Marianne Rendón and Sosie Bacon). That trio tells the story right here. The film reveals them each throughout their time with Manson and after the reality, in jail, the place they recount their story to a graduate scholar (Karlene Faith, performed by Merritt Wever). “It’s a tough, difficult story that, anchored by Guinevere Turner’s script, Harron recounts with lucid calm, compassion and intelligent interpretive license,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her evaluate for The New York Times. “She revisits some of the familiar locations, including the dusty California ranch where the Manson family set up house, and she carefully restages some of the murders. For those familiar with the horrific details of those crimes, the movie may seem wholly uninviting, but bear with Harron — she has something to say.”
THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT 11:35 p.m. on CBS. Last week, the Dixie Chicks launched the title observe of their newest document, “Gaslighter,” which might be the group’s first new album since 2006. They might be interviewed and carry out on “The Late Show” on Thursday night time in assist of that album. Also in the lineup: the creator Michael Pollan, who just lately launched an audiobook about caffeine.
CONTAGION (2011) Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. “I paid $12.99 to watch a 10-year-old movie,” the director Barry Jenkins told The Times earlier this month. “I’ve never done that before.” He was referring to this Steven Soderbergh thriller, and he’s not alone: As worry about the Covid-19 outbreak has mounted, “Contagion” has been climbing the streaming charts. Revisit it to see Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and others play characters contending with the global outbreak of a deadly, thankfully fictional virus.
BEACH RATS (2017) Stream on Hulu; rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. The filmmaker Eliza Hittman is back in theaters this weekend with “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” a drama about a teenager who travels to New York City for an abortion. Her previous feature, “Beach Rats,” also centers on a teenager. This one, Frankie (Harris Dickinson), spends much of the movie grappling with his sexuality, his relationships and his family. Hittman’s portrait of Frankie, Ben Kenigsberg wrote in his review for The Times, “doubles as a portrait of Brooklyn’s southern-shore neighborhoods, lyrically photographed by Hélène Louvart.”
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