A list of 20 movies, TV shows, and documentaries to air during Friday’s snowstorm


The tender bar”| ★★ ½ (Amazon Prime)

Ben Affleck, as the hero’s bartender uncle, steals this engaging but quite loose and overly sentimental adaptation of JR Moehringer’s bestselling memoir. Tye Sheridan gives a somewhat lumpen performance as the author’s replacement, an aspiring writer whose family background is funky to say the least. Lily Rabe plays her long-suffering mother, Max Martini her absent and odious father. George Clooney directed. (104 min, D) – Marc Feeney

Ben Affleck, left, in “The Tender Bar”. Claire Folger / Amazon Studios

The lost girl”| ½ (Netflix)

Making her film debut, Maggie Gyllenhaal wrote and directed this adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel. Olivia Colman is Leda, a comparative literature professor vacationing on a Greek island who meets a rude American family. A beaming Jessie Buckley plays Leda in flashbacks. Gyllenhaal’s reliance on a handheld camera and tight framing gives the film a distinctive sense of intimacy. Ed Harris and Dakota Johnson co-starred. (121 min, D) -Mark Feeney

tick, tick… Boom!”| (Netflix)

A vibrant debut film by Lin-Manuel Miranda, which infuses Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical comedy enough to cover its clichés. Andrew Garfield’s outstanding performance as a struggling theater composer has an itchy urgency. (123 min. PG-13) –Don Aucoin

Matrix resurrections”| (HBO Max)

It’s been 18 years since the last two “Matrix” movies, no one noticed. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back, as are Jada Pinkett Smith (under a ton of senior makeup), but not Laurence Fishburne or Hugo Weaving. New additions include Jonathan Groff and Neil Patrick Harris. The film is too long and far too self-aware. But it retains some of that heavy, lime-lit old elk. (148 minutes, D) -Mark Feeney

Keanu Reeves, left, and Carrie-Anne Moss in "Matrix resurrections."
Keanu Reeves, left, and Carrie-Anne Moss in “The Matrix Resurrections”. Photos of Warner Bros.

go! Go on”| 1/2 (Apple TV)

Mike Mills (“American Women”) wrote and directed this funny, sad and deeply wise movie. Sometimes exasperating, it’s often magic. Joaquin Phoenix plays a radio journalist whose sister (Gaby Hoffmann) must entrust him with her 9-year-old child (Woody Norman). Uncle and nephew travel from LA to New York and New Orleans. Phoenix and Hoffmann are as good as you might expect, but it’s Norman who makes it work. In black and white. (108 min., D) -Mark Feeney

Encanto”| (Disney +)

This Disney animated feature is about a family in Colombia with a candle that bestows magical powers. It’s a little too loaded – visually, emotionally, and narratively – but the overall vibrancy is pretty overwhelming. Eight songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda help. The same goes for a playoff performance by Stéphanie Beatriz, who voices the very winning heroine, Mirabel. She is the only member of the family without magical powers. (109 minutes, PG) -Mark Feeney

The Beatles: Come Back”| (Disney +)

For this three-and-a-half-hour three-part documentary, Peter Jackson, best known as the director of “The Lord of the Rings” films, edited 60 hours of film footage and 150 hours of audio from the sessions that produced “Let It Be The film and the album. The result is a surprisingly up-close and captivating view of the Beatles and their creative process. Airing on Disney +. (468 min., Unrated) -Mark Feeney

The velvet metro”| (Apple TV +)

Full of energy, Todd Haynes’ documentary on the legendary 60s rock band is very good at situating the Velvets culturally. It starts with a plethora of photographs and period film clips and extends to Andy Warhol, who promoted the group. Warhol and the late Lou Reed haunt the film. Surviving members John Cale and Maureen Tucker are excellent talking heads. Broadcast on Apple TV +. (121 min, D) -Mark Feeney

The power of the dog”| ½ (Netflix)

Jane Campion (“The Piano”) wrote and directed this western, set in 1925 on a ranch in Montana, which resembles a Greek tragedy. Benedict Cumberbatch plays a man who shows rage, jealousy and incomprehension when his brother gets married. Jesse Plemons, as brother, Kirsten Dunst, as wife, and Kodi Smit-McPhee, as son, give strong performances. But Cumberbatch, all in tense and tense malice, dominates the debates. (125 min., D) -Mark Feeney

Kodi Smit-McPhee as Peter and Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil in "The power of the dog."
Kodi Smit-McPhee as Peter and Benedict Cumberbatch as Phil in “The Power of the Dog”. Kirsty Griffin / Netflix

Summer of the soul”| (Hulu)

A must-have, if not awe-inspiring, record from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, in which everyone from Stevie Wonder to Sly and the Family Stone to Nina Simone to Mahalia Jackson all played as black America went from strength to strength. era of civil rights to a radical new era. Expertly assembled and interwoven with interviews and archival footage of Ahmir-Khalib “Questlove” Thompson. – Ty Burr

Being the Ricardos”| ★★★ (Amazon Prime)

Like Lucy and Ricky, like in “I Love Lucy”, like in Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desie Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem). Aaron Sorkin wrote and directed this complex and often entertaining look at a very complicated week in the very complicated lives of TV stars at the height of their fame. Things get soggy towards the end, but the tracks are exceptional, especially Kidman. (125 min., D) -Mark Feeney

TV shows

The premise”(FX on Hulu)

BJ Novak created this five-part anthology series. The premise of “The Premise” is vague but intriguing: each standalone episode takes a dark and comedic take on a moral issue of the moment, from awakening to police brutality. The cast list includes Tracee Ellis Ross, Jermaine Fowler, Ben Platt, Lucas Hedges, Daniel Dae Kim, Kaitlyn Dever and Lola Kirke. -Matthieu Gilbert


Shameless alumni Molly Smith Metzler and John Wells are behind this adaptation of the popular memoirs of Stephanie Land. Margaret Qualley (from “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) stars as Alex, a broke and homeless single mother who works as a housekeeper after escaping an abusive relationship. Qualley’s mother, Andie MacDowell, stars as Alex’s bipolar mother. -Matthieu Gilbert

Margaret Qualley as Alex in "Maid."
Margaret Qualley as Alex in “Maid”. RICARDO HUBBS / NETFLIX


Big Pharma wouldn’t lie, would it? Inspired by Beth Macy’s 2018 non-fiction bestseller, the miniseries tells the story – from the perspective of doctors, patients, and the drug company and its owners, the Sackler family – of how Purdue marketed OxyContin as a non-addictive opioid. Written by Danny Strong and starring Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosario Dawson and Michael Stuhlbarg, it has all the demands of an Emmy darling. -Matthieu Gilbert

Pollock in black and white“(Netflix)

Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback famous for kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, co-created this six-part miniseries with filmmaker Ava DuVernay. These are the high school years of the football player, with Jaden Michael playing young Colin, who was adopted by a white couple, played here by Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker. Kaepernick tells. -Matthieu Gilbert

The narrowing next door“(Apple TV +)

Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd. Oh, do you need more? The elders of “Anchorman” meet in a podcast based comedy of the same name, with Rudd as a psychiatrist who fits into the life of Ferrell’s sweet client. Kathryn Hahn and Casey Wilson co-star, in case you needed a icing on the cake. -Matthieu Gilbert


Issa Rae’s romantic comedy has just completed its fifth and final season. Where season four left off, Issa and Lawrence looked solid – but yes, her ex is pregnant with her baby, so all bets are off. -Matthieu Gilbert

Issa Rae in a moment of reflection on HBO "Unsafe."
Issa Rae in a moment of reflection on HBO’s “Insecure”. HBO / Document

Succession“(HBO Max)

The Roys are back in town. The Emmy-winning drama “King Lear” which also acts as a satire has finally returned for its COVID-delayed third season. Don’t worry: All the Ugly People are back, along with Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong and Sarah Snook, along with new guest stars: Adrien Brody, Alexander Skarsgård and Sanaa Lathan. -Matthieu Gilbert

Dickinson“(Apple TV +)

This portrait of young Emily Dickinson, which is irreverent except for poetry, comes to the end of the line – or is it the stanza? – with the third season. Hailee Steinfeld returns, with Billy Eichner joining the series’ long list of humorous cameos as Walt Whitman. -Matthieu Gilbert

“A teacher” (Hulu)

I admired this 10-episode, half-hour mini-series, which tackles the difficult subject of “grooming” with wisdom and subtlety. It’s about a high school English teacher in Austin, Texas (Kate Mara) who portrays the frustrations of her married life and her desire to stay young by having sex with a vulnerable 17 year old. (Nick Robinson). At first, the series seems to support their doomed love – until the balance shifts halfway and “A Teacher” becomes a much different kind of story. Created by Hannah Fidell based on her 2013 film, it didn’t get much coverage when it was released in fall 2020 – perhaps due to its honest approach to the subject. -Matthieu Gilbert

“Black narcissus” (Hulu)

A miniseries based on Rumer Godden’s 1939 novel, this three-part series takes a look at a small group of British nuns beginning a mission in the Himalayas during the last years of British rule in India. Gemma Arterton stars as Sister Clodagh (played by Deborah Kerr in the 1947 film), who is brought in to lead the nuns in this difficult endeavor. Detached from their culture, women begin to have new feelings, sexual and otherwise, as the primitive environment rises to their heads. Alessandro Nivola takes on the role of the rude Briton who tries to help them blend in with the locals. -Matthieu Gilbert

Gemma Arterton, left, as Sister Clodagh and Alessandro Nivola as Mr. Dean in "Black narcissus."
Gemma Arterton, left, as Sister Clodagh and Alessandro Nivola as Mr. Dean in “Black Narcissus”. Miya Mizuno / FX

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