January 16, 2019

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Ocean’s 8’ and ‘Final Score’

What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Ocean’s 8’ and ‘Final Score’


Watch an “Ocean’s” installment with a feminist twist on HBO. Or stream an action flick starring a formidable Dave Bautista on Amazon.

OCEAN’S 8 (2018) 8 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO Go or HBO Now; rent on Amazon, Google Play or YouTube. When this female-driven spinoff of the “Ocean’s” trilogy hit theaters, most critics agreed that the A-list ensemble cast gave the movie its oomph, but that it should have stayed in the hands of the original “Ocean’s” director, Steven Soderbergh. Here, Gary Ross delivers a lukewarm caper starring Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, the equally criminal sister of Danny Ocean. Fresh out of prison, Debbie hatches a monumental heist: snatching a $150 million dollar Cartier necklace off the neck of an actress (Anne Hathaway) during the annual Met Gala. Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling and Sarah Paulson — to name a few — play her co-conspirators. In her review, Manohla Dargis said a subplot involving guy troubles proves “needless.” She adds: “The movie sounds and narratively unwinds like the previous installments, but without the same easy snap or visual allure.”

PLANET EARTH 6 a.m. on BBC America. More than a decade ago, “Planet Earth” dazzled viewers and set the benchmark for nature series with its gripping overview of wildlife across habitats. This weeklong marathon features episodes from that landmark series, as well as similar programs like “The Blue Planet” and “Africa.” It begins with a behind-the-scenes episode on the making of “The Hunt.”

FINAL SCORE (2018) stream on Amazon; rent on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu or YouTube. Michael (Dave Bautista), an American veteran, heads to London to visit the family of his friend who died in combat. He takes said friend’s teenage daughter, Danni (Lara Peake), to a soccer match where a major threat lurks: Arkady (Ray Stevenson), the former leader of a revolution in a fictional Russian state (with a much-too-heavy Slavic accent), locks down the stadium to search for his politician brother (Pierce Brosnan) in the crowd. As the clock ticks, Michael channels Bruce Willis in “Die Hard” and sets out to save Danni and the nearly 35,000 other hostages.

BURDEN OF TRUTH stream on Hulu. Stream the entire first season of this Canadian legal drama series, which was picked up by the CW last year. Kristin Kreuk (“Beauty and the Beast”) stars as Joanna, a successful corporate lawyer who returns to her rural hometown to represent a Big Pharma company in a case against high school girls who have fallen ill. As the procedural chugs along, we question the cause for the girls’ illness and wonder why Joanna’s return draws the ire of the town residents.

BEETLEJUICE (1988) stream on Hulu; rent on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu or YouTube. Michael Keaton stars as a firecracker of a ghost called in by much tamer ghosts (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) to scare away the new owners of their house.



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