“There Will Be Blood” tops The New York Times movie critics’ list of the best films of the 21st century. “Lake Bodom” recreates an unsolved murder in Finland. And Oliver Stone interviews Vladimir V. Putin.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD (2007) on iTunes and Amazon. Daniel Day-Lewis won a best actor Oscar for his role as Daniel Plainview, a California oil prospector who becomes morally bankrupt as his fortune grows in this Paul Thomas Anderson film, inspired by Upton Sinclair’s 1927 novel, “Oil!” In The New York Times, Manohla Dargis wrote that Mr. Day-Lewis gives “a thrilling performance, among the greatest I’ve seen, purposefully alienating and brilliantly located at the juncture between cinematic realism and theatrical spectacle.” Ms. Dargis and her fellow chief movie critic, A. O. Scott, put the film at the top of their list of the “25 Best Films of the 21st Century So Far.”
LAKE BODOM (2017) on Shudder. In Finland in June 1960, three teenagers who had gone camping were stabbed and bludgeoned to death while a fourth, Nils Gustafsson, was hurt. Nearly 44 years later, Mr. Gustafsson was arrested in connection with the murders based on new analysis of bloodstains found at the scene, but he was eventually acquitted. In this Finnish slasher film, four teenagers try to solve the case by reconstructing it minute by minute. But not all of them may be there to play.
5 NIGHTS OF FEAR 10 p.m. on Shout! Factory TV. Scream Factory celebrates its fifth anniversary with a different cult thriller for five nights running. The terror begins with Clive Barker’s 1990 creature-feature “Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut,” about a young man (Craig Sheffer) with nightmares whose doctor (David Cronenberg) persuades him that he’s a serial killer.
ALWAYS SHINE (2016) on Sundance Now. A couple of eerily look-alike best friends take a breather from the Los Angeles acting grind to hike the misty coastline of Big Sur in this taut thriller from Sophia Takal. But where Beth (Caitlin FitzGerald), who has the bigger career, ends and the flailing Anna (Mackenzie Davis) begins becomes blurry as envy drives some “Persona”-esque identity shifting. “‘Always Shine’ is a deft, assured movie with a sly self-reflexive undercurrent containing commentary on sexism and self-idealization that’s provocative, and sometimes disturbing,” Glenn Kenny wrote in The Times.
What’s on TV
THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS 9 p.m. on Showtime. In this four-night event, taped between July 2015 and February 2017, the filmmaker Oliver Stone interviews President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia about the 2016 United States presidential election, his government’s aggression in Ukraine, the persecution of gay people in his country and the sheltering of the whistle-blower Edward J. Snowden. They even watch Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” “Mr. Stone’s view from the left is a break from the usual news media vantages on Russia, either tough-talk centrism or the defenses of Putin enablers-come-lately in the conservative media,” James Poniewozik wrote in The Times. “But it is embarrassingly generous.”
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