The core members of the hip-hop group N.W.A battle a host of challenges to make a name for themselves in “Straight Outta Compton.” And Season 13 of Grey’s Anatomy has its premiere on Hulu.
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON (2015) on iTunes, Amazon and HBO streaming platforms. The director F. Gary Gray chronicles the formation of the hip-hop group N.W.A, focusing on half of its original members: Eazy E (Jason Mitchell), Ice Cube (his son O’Shea Jackson Jr.) and Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins). Each artist brought distinctive flair to rap. Dr. Dre birthed catchy beats, Ice Cube wrote memorable lines, and Eazy E had an attitude to reckon with. But as they catapulted to fame from Compton in 1980s Los Angeles, forces from within and without (including racism and a manipulative manager) led to rifts within the group and its eventual dissolution. This biopic, named after N.W.A’s debut album, will end its HBO run next Saturday.
POLDARK (1996) on Britbox. John Bowe stars as Ross Poldark, an officer who escaped France after the Revolutionary War only to find that his life in his native Cornwall has been torn apart. His father has died, his former fiancée is engaged to his cousin, and his uncle is determined to sell the family’s mine. With Ross’s return comes his mission to reunite with his love and save the Poldark estate. This television movie is one of many adaptations of the historical novel series by the author Winston Graham. The latest is a PBS “Masterpiece” series starring the handsome Aidan Turner, which airs its third season on Oct. 1.
GREY’S ANATOMY on Hulu. In the previous season of this drama, an explosion at Grey Sloan Memorial left Stephanie (Jerrika Hinton) and a young girl trapped in a secluded part of the hospital. After sustaining severe burns and saving the girl, Stephanie decided to put the world of medicine behind her. The reappearance of the presumed dead Megan (Bridget Regan) left Owen (Kevin McKidd) weeping tears of joy. But it will surely complicate the romance of Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Riggs (Martin Henderson). Catch up with the staff’s tangled lives before the show returns on ABC on Thursday.
TOKYO STORY (1972 in the United States) on Filmstruck. The director Yasujiro Ozu meditates on family and longevity in this drama. An older couple (Chishu Ryu and Chiyeko Higashiyama) living in the Japanese port of Onomichi make their first trip to Tokyo to visit their two married children, who offer a cold welcome. On the way home from their short adventure, the mother falls ill and dies shortly after, leaving her husband in a life of tranquil loneliness. “‘Tokyo Story’ really deals with three generations passing through life, but mostly with the generation that is passing out of it,” Roger Greenspun wrote in The New York Times. He added that “it understands that a calm reticence may be the true heroism of ordinary old age.”
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