In the Season 2 finale of “Preacher,” the deadly trio plans to hit the road again. And Claudia Karvan tackles cases big and small in “Newton’s Law.”
What’s on TV
PREACHER 9 p.m. on AMC; also streaming on Amazon. In this Season 2 finale, Jesse, a former criminal turned reverend with godlike powers (Dominic Cooper); his best friend, Cassidy, a 119-year-old Irish vampire (Joseph Gilgun); and his assassin ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) decide to leave New Orleans after being hunted down by a murderous cowboy and learning about one another’s dark pasts.
HOOTEN & THE LADY 9 p.m. on CW. Savor the Season 1 (and series) finale of this adventure drama, which follows an American treasure hunter and a British Museum curator as they travel the globe in search of artifacts. The show will not return for a second season.
NEWTON’S LAW on Acorn TV. Josephine Newton, a righteous urban solicitor played by Claudia Karvan, returns to her former role as a formidable barrister after an angry pyromaniac client firebombs her office. The handsome attorney who convinced her to take the job makes it all the more appealing. Intent on representing average citizens, Josephine sets up an urban solicitor’s office in the parking garage of the building while handling a high-profile murder case 10 stories above.
LARS & THE REAL GIRL (2007) on iTunes, Amazon and Hulu. Diverting from his heartthrob roles, Ryan Gosling stars as the shy and socially awkward Lars, who shocks his Midwestern neighbors when he parades his new love, a sex doll named Bianca, around town. After a psychiatrist advises Lars’s bewildered brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and his wife, Karin (Emily Mortimer), to play along, the community welcomes the innocent yet strange relationship. Writing in The Times, Manohla Dargis described the film as “part comedy, part tragedy and 100 percent pure calculation, designed to wring fat tears and coax big laughs and leave us drying our damp, smiling faces as we savor the touching vision of American magnanimity.”
FRANTZ (2016) on iTunes and Amazon. The French director François Ozon drew inspiration from Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 antiwar film, “Broken Lullaby,” for this melodrama. Set in Germany and France in the immediate aftermath of World War I, the film follows Anna (Paula Beer), a German woman grieving for her late fiancé, Frantz, who died in the trenches. When she comes across a French soldier, Adrien (Pierre Niney), at Frantz’s grave, he explains that he and Frantz were close friends before the war. Anna invites Adrien into her life and, slowly but surely, falls for him. Only when she uncovers a web of lies does she realize that survivor’s guilt manifests itself in mysterious ways. “In its early scenes, ‘Frantz’ sustains the mood of a solemn, romantic period,” Stephen Holden wrote in The New York Times. But the film “soon makes a sharp departure from ‘Broken Lullaby,’” he adds, “with Anna assuming center stage, and the movie taking on the tone of an Alfred Hitchcock mystery.”
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