Television Wednesday: ‘Triple Frontier’ and ‘Winchester’
Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac lead the cast of another heist motion picture on Netflix. What’s more, Helen Mirren plays a famous, troubled widow in “Winchester.”
TRIPLE FRONTIER (2019) Stream on Netflix. Action comes a side of self-righteousness in this heist movie, directed by J. C. Chandor (“All Is Lost,” “A Most Violent Year”). It pits a group of husky American veterans (played by Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac and a couple of others) against a drug lord (Rey Gallegos) and his sidekicks. The vets are after a reserve of drug cash. The film — like a militarized “Ocean’s Eleven” — follows them as they plan and execute an infiltration of the narcotics guys’ forest lair. That it doesn’t go exactly as planned is about as unsurprising as the fact that most of the macho fighters have facial hair. In her review for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis called the film a “slickly enjoyable, bankrupt take on a fail-safe formula.”
What’s on TV
WINCHESTER (2018) 6:15 p.m. on Showtime 2. Regardless of whether the creaky, exceptionally old Northern California chateau that Sarah Winchester, the beneficiary to the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune, had constructed is really spooky by the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles has involved discussion for generations. Yet, the turning corridors of that bizarre old home have for a considerable length of time been wandered by something like one accumulation of anxious spirits:tourists who want to be spooked. The real Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, Calif., was used as a filming location for this fact-bending thriller, based on Winchester’s later years. Helen Mirren plays Winchester as a widow whose decades-long home-building project reflects her troubled mental state. Jason Clarke portrays a psychologist hired to help her. Those familiar with the story might appreciate seeing a local legend come to life. Viewers simply looking for a good scary movie, however, may leave unsatiated. In her review for The Times, Jeannette Catsoulis wrote that “despite the typically elevating presence of Helen Mirren, this super-silly feature (the fifth from the Australian brothers Peter and Michael Spierig) stubbornly resists being classed up.”
LOVE and BASKETBALL (2000) 5:35 p.m. on BET. A far less miserable California story is the focal point of this romance movie, which was the directorial introduction of Gina Prince-Bythewood. It diagrams a relationship between two basketball players whose preadolescent Los Angeles fellowship in the end blooms — alongside the capability of their b-ball careers — into additional.
EPIC YELLOWSTONE 8 p.m. on Smithsonian Channel. Bill Pullman has this nature series about the wonderful and misleading home that Yellowstone National Park makes for the numerous species there. “Fire and Ice,” the scene appearing on Wednesday, centers around winter. The episode’s title should not be confused with George R. R. Martin’s fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” the source material for “Game of Thrones” — though the calculated ways one bobcat hunts its prey here could give Martin’s characters a run for their money.