THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY (2019) Stream on Netflix. In this documentary, the filmmaker Petra Costa grapples with and chronicles the triumph of left-wing politics — and then authoritarian politics — in Brazil. From the attitude of the current, she covers the presidencies and eventual falls of the left-leaning Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff and the rise of Brazil’s present president, the outspoken populist Jair Bolsonaro. “Though she is a scrupulous and dogged digger-up of hidden facts and a thoughtful interpreter of public events, Costa hasn’t produced a work of objective journalism or detached historical scholarship so much as a personal reckoning with her nation’s past and present,” A.O. Scott wrote in his evaluate for The New York Times. “The facts and arguments she communicates should be studied by anyone interested in the fate of democracy,” he famous, “in Brazil or anywhere else.”
RIVIERA Stream on Sundance Now. What would you do if your billionaire husband was blown up on a Russian yacht? Most of us probably won’t ever have to answer the question. But that is the circumstance that Georgina, a Midwestern expat and art dealer played by Julia Stiles, found herself in at the beginning of Season 1 of this series, which was created by Neil Jordan. Georgina’s response was to wade into a seedy, big-money underworld looking for answers. She continues her plunge Season 2. The series “has all the ingredients of the international melo-thriller,” Mike Hale recently wrote inThe Times, “and because it’s a Neil Jordan project, it’s more voluptuous than most (if no more coherent or plausible).”
STRANGE ANGEL Stream on CBS All Access. Rockets, World War II-era America and a sex magic cult: these are the ingredients that fuel “Strange Angel,” a series based on the life of Jack Parsons, a Southern California rocket engineer who was behind technological breakthroughs in the years surrounding World War II — and also had an interest in the occult. The second season kicked off last week.
WAR DOGS (2016) 8 p.m. on AMC. Jonah Hill and Miles Teller play buffoonish weapons dealers in this comic drama, based on actual events, in which a pair of young American men improbably became arms suppliers to the United States military. While the world the men enter is one of Pentagon contracts and war zones, the director of this version of the tale is Todd Phillips, known for “The Hangover.” The fact that the movie is based on a true story “proves conclusively that truth is stranger than fiction,” Neil Genzlinger wrote in his review for The Times.
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