On TV this week: the Oscars and a documentary about Greta Thunberg
Between network, cable and streaming, the modern television landscape is vast. Here are some of the shows, specials, and movies coming to TV this week, April 19-25. Details and times are subject to change.
THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA (1958) 6.30 p.m. on TCM. A new documentary about Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Ernest Hemingway has Hemingway back in the limelight (in some circles, at least). A few years before his death in 1961, directors John Sturges and Fred Zinnemann released this Hollywood adaptation of Hemingway’s famous novel “The Old Man and the Sea”. Spencer Tracy plays the old man in the title, an aging fisherman who struggles with a huge marlin in Cuban waters. Tracy gives “a moving display of primitive force,” wrote Bosley Crowther in his 1958 review for the New York Times. But the film as a whole is flawed, Crowther said, in part because “an essential feel of the sweeping and rising seas off the open sea is not achieved in the crisp, placid footage that was obviously shot in a tank. studio. ” Call it imitation crab.
SELMA (2014) 5:20 p.m. on FXM. David Oyelowo – whose directorial debut, “The man of the water”, slated for release early next month – plays Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in this historic drama about the famous civil rights activists’ march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery in 1965. Oyelowo is joined by a formidable cast. ensemble, which includes Oprah Winfrey, André Holland, Wendell Pierce, Tessa Thompson and Lorraine Toussaint. Ava DuVernay, who directed, “writes the story with passionate clarity and searing conviction,” wrote AO Scott in her review for The Times. “Even if you think you know what’s going to happen,” added Scott, “Selma” is buzzing with suspense and surprise. “
INDEPENDENT GOAL: PHILLY DA 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is part of a wave of progressive prosecutors who have been elected across the country in recent years. This multi-part documentary by filmmakers Ted Passon and Yoni Brook, released as part of PBS’s “Independent Lens” series, examines the inner workings of Krasner’s office and how he and his team pursue criminal justice reform .
SKY FALL (2012) 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on BBC America. A year has passed since life changed and expectations changed, for all of us. This of course refers to the delay of “No Time To Die”, the latest James Bond film, which was due out in April 2020 before being postponed by the pandemic. It is now slated for release this fall. In the meantime, fans can revisit this much-loved entry in the decades-old franchise, which pits Daniel Craig’s Bond against a tech-savvy villain played by Javier Bardem.
GRETA THUNBERG: A YEAR TO CHANGE THE WORLD 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Thursday is Earth Day. Once audiences have potentially done something proactive on behalf of the environment, they can sit back, relax, and watch this three-part documentary on climate activist Greta Thunberg. Although the show, produced by the BBC, bears the name Thunberg, it is not a biography; it focuses on her conversations with a range of climate experts, with whom she shares the screen. “You’re listening to me right now, but I don’t want that,” Thunberg said at first. “I don’t want you to listen to me – I want you to listen to science.”
A SHOW OF SKETCHES OF A BLACK WOMAN 11 p.m. on HBO. The first season of this show, created by Robin Thede and co-executive produced by Issa Rae, found the comedy in a fake courtroom and imaginary, comedy-specific support group, on an airplane and on an altar. of marriage. The second season, which begins Friday night, brings a new series of sketches and a celebrity guest list that includes actress Gabrielle Union and singer Miguel.
MOANA (2016) 6:50 p.m. on Freeform. One of the beauties of animation is the way it allows voice actors to step into characters completely different from themselves: Eddie Murphy can play a donkey; Owen Wilson can play a talking car. There’s less of a gap between voice and screen presence with Dwayne Johnson’s character in “Moana,” however: he plays an incredibly muscular version of the Polynesian demigod Maui whose biceps are about the size of his head. Maui accompanies Moana (Auliʻi Cravalho), the daughter of a village chief, on a quest to save her island and the environment. In his review for The Times, AO Scott called the film’s plot “a blend of up-to-date folklore, contemporary eco-spiritualism, and proven Disney-Pixar formula.” There are, he added, “touching and funny zigzags on the way to the film’s sweet, affirming conclusion.”
THE OSCARS 8 p.m. on ABC. This year’s Oscars could go down in history in a number of ways. It is possible that the four categories of actors are attributed to people of color. Chloe Zhao, the filmmaker behind “Nomadland”, could become only the second woman to win an Oscar for Best Director (and the first Chinese woman, and the first woman of color, to win this award). Regardless of the winners, this ceremony rewards films released in a year in which theaters were largely closed, and many big budget films were pulled from release and pushed back to future dates. . The top nominees for the photos are “Minari”, “Nomadland”, “Promising Young Woman”, “The Father”, “Judas and the Black Messiah”, “Mank”, “Sound of Metal” and “The Trial of the Chicago 7 ”. “For results and commentary throughout the evening, follow live coverage on the Times app or website.
THE WAR OF MY GRANDPARENTS 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Carey Mulligan is in the running for the best actress award at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday night, for her role in “Promising Young Woman”. On PBS, she will be presented in very different environments, as a guest of the final episode of season 2 of “My Grandparents’ War”. The program follows famous people learning about their grandparents’ experiences during WWII. This episode finds Mulligan in Japan, where she explores her grandfather’s time as a British naval officer.