A new documentary offers an intimate take on Whitney Houston’s career. And “Don’t Blink” turns the lens on the photographer Robert Frank.
What’s on TV
WHITNEY: CAN I BE ME (2017) 6:15 p.m. on Showtime; also on Showtime On Demand. The death of the pop singer Whitney Houston in 2012 shocked the music industry. Her singles dominated the airwaves in the 1980s and ’90s, but by the second half of her career, her voice fell victim to drug abuse, and her volatile marriage to the singer Bobby Brown became tabloid fodder. The directors Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal explore these sensitive issues in this “surprisingly conventional, dutifully respectful behind-the-scenes portrait of Whitney Houston’s rise and struggles with fame and drugs,” Ben Kenigsberg wrote in The New York Times.
JACKIE (2016) 8 p.m. on HBO; also on HBO streaming platforms. Natalie Portman earned an Oscar nomination for her role as Jackie Kennedy in this gripping English-language debut by the Chilean director Pablo Larraín. The film centers on the days following John F. Kennedy’s assassination, when America was reeling from the tragedy and had its eyes on the young widow. “Intensely affecting and insistently protean, the film ‘Jackie’ is a reminder that for a time she was bigger than any star,” Manohla Dargis wrote in The Times, adding that Kennedy was “an embodiment of grief, symbol of strength, tower of dignity and, crucially, architect of brilliant political theater.”
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF NATALEE HOLLOWAY 9 p.m. on Oxygen; also streaming on Amazon and iTunes. The unresolved case of the 18-year-old Alabama teenager, Natalee Holloway, who disappeared in Aruba in 2005 has inspired countless books and crime series. This is the latest program to delve back into the search. In this episode, Ms. Holloway’s father, Dave, and a team of investigators aim to get their hands on a taped confession and enough evidence to back a conviction.
DON’T BLINK — ROBERT FRANK (2016) on iTunes and Fandor. It’s a wonder how director Laura Israel convinced the 92-year-old photographer Robert Frank to be the subject of this fast-paced documentary. (During an interview for the film, Mr. Frank complains: “This is exactly what I hate.”) Known for his book “The Americans” and the 1959 short “Pull My Daisy,” Mr. Frank invites Ms. Israel into his New York apartment and Nova Scotia sanctuary to explain his work. The result is “less like a full biography than like a magazine profile, which is as it should be,” A. O. Scott wrote in The Times. “You leave with a vivid sense of the man’s living presence.”
GOLDEN YEARS (2017) on Acorn TV. This British comedy stars Bernard Hill and Virginia McKenna as Arthur and Martha Goode, a retired couple at a loss when they discover that Britain’s financial crisis drained their pension accounts. They turn to a life of crime, while dodging a detective.
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