OPHELIA (2018) Stream on IFC Films. Imagine if Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” had been instructed from Ophelia’s perspective. This movie, directed by Claire McCarthy, follows Ophelia (Daisey Ridley), a Danish orphan who turns into a girl in ready to Queen Gertrude (Naomi Watts). Soon she and a younger Prince Hamlet (George MacKay) fall in love. But Ophelia’s devotion is examined as Hamlet’s need to avenge his father’s loss of life overtakes him. In her evaluation in The New York Times, Manohla Dargis wrote: “‘Ophelia’ seeks to revamp the image of its title heroine as a tragic, largely passive casualty, one who is as much a victim of Shakespeare’s era as of his peerless imagination. It’s an interesting exercise and, for the most part, a passably diverting one.”
THE LAST CZARS Stream on Netflix. It’s been over a century because the Romanovs dominated Russia, but the general public’s fascination with their rise and fall stays robust. This docuseries delves into the household’s historical past and focuses on Nicholas II, the final Russian imperial ruler. The six-part present, which weaves re-enactments, archival footage and interviews into its scripted narrative, explores how Nicholas II’s resistance to alter led to a revolution and, finally, his loss of life and the slaughter of his household in 1918.
PETERLOO Stream on Amazon. It was one of the bloodiest incidents in British history. In August 1819, around 100,000 working-class people gathered for a peaceful meeting in St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, to protest their disenfranchisement and to campaign for universal suffrage. But the meeting turned violent when volunteer soldiers attacked the demonstrators. Hundreds were injured. The number of people who were killed is disputed. The film, directed by Mike Leigh, stars Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake and Neil Bell.
PHOENIX (1998) Stream on Hulu. Harry Collins (Ray Liotta) is a cop with a gambling problem. When his debts get out of control, his bookie (Tom Noonan) demands that he pay up. With no money to offer, Collins decides to rob a loan shark (Giancarlo Esposito), enlisting the help of his partner (Anthony LaPaglia) and a pair of crooked cops (Daniel Baldwin and Jeremy Piven). But when the robbery doesn’t go as planned, things get even more complicated.
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NCIS: THE CASES THEY CAN’T FORGET 9 p.m. on CBS. Samira Watkins was 25 when she vanished in 2009. Five days later, her body washed up in a duffel bag outside the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. The authorities eventually connected circumstantial evidence to Watkins’s boyfriend, Zachary Littleton, who was a Navy police officer. Littleton was convicted of murder and was sentenced to life in prison. Now, Littleton has agreed to talk publicly for the first time about the case and insists he’s innocent. The episode, “Death of a Dream,” also features interviews with journalists, members of Watkins’s family, lawyers and police officials who were involved in the investigation.
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