DREAMLAND (2020) Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes and YouTube. A hit man, a jazz trumpeter and a vampire are among the characters in this latest movie from the Canadian filmmaker Bruce McDonald (“Pontypool”). Part absurdist comedy, part noirish horror fable, “Dreamland” assigns its hit man, Johnny Dead Eyes (Stephen McHattie), a gruesome task: cut off the right pinkie finger of a drug-addled trumpeter (also played by McHattie) before he’s due to play a high-profile concert hosted by a criminal known as the Countess (Juliette Lewis), whose shady dealings include involvement in sex trafficking. Chaos ensues, naturally. Jeannette Catsoulis named the film a Critic’s Pick, calling it “strange, challenging and boundlessly confident” in her review in The New York Times. “Gathering the living, the dead and the undead together on a single, surreal plane,” she wrote, “the movie turns its sordid, sex-trafficking plot into a decadent, redemptive fairy tale.”
OWN SPOTLIGHT: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on OWN. While calls for racial justice continue across the country, Oprah Winfrey will host a two-part conversation with black politicians, journalists, artists and others about the current moment and where the country may go from here. Guests include the politician and author Stacey Abrams; the filmmaker Ava DuVernay; the journalists Charles M. Blow and Nikole Hannah-Jones (both of The New York Times); the historian and author Ibram X. Kendi; and the Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. The first part of the conversation originally aired Tuesday night; it will be rebroadcast at 8 p.m., followed by the second part of the discussion, which will follow at 9 p.m.
THE PEANUTS MOVIE (2015) 4:55 on FXM. See Charlie Brown bungle a football punt in three dimensions in this digitally animated take on Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” franchise. Produced by Blue Sky Studios, the company behind the “Ice Age” movies, “The Peanuts Movie” preserves the quiet slapstick and sarcasm of Schulz’s comics and adds depth perception. Its story follows Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp) as he yearns for the affection of a new girl in his neighborhood (Francesca Angelucci Capaldi). “It’s a bit startling, and undeniably refreshing, to see a children’s movie that doesn’t involve a villain’s effort to seize a princess’s kingdom or some other high-stakes power struggle,” Neil Genzlinger wrote in his review for The New York Times, “but instead is driven by the small anxieties a real child might experience on a daily basis.”
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