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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Wonder Woman’ and Some Erotic Thrillers


Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman.”

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“Wonder Woman” charges onto streaming platforms. And you can spice up your week with a global array of erotic thrillers.

What’s Streaming

WONDER WOMAN (2017) on iTunes and Amazon. Diana (Gal Gadot), princess of the Amazons, fulfills her superhero destiny — and stars in her first feature film — when a World War I pilot (Chris Pine) crashes on her Mediterranean paradise and tells of conflict in a land beyond. Soon she is deflecting bullets and mortar shells, and tossing an armored truck as she wields her Lasso of Truth. “Make no mistake: This is a star vehicle all the way,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times of Patty Jenkins’s blockbuster, noting Ms. Gadot’s “regal, effortlessly charismatic screen presence.” And unlike most male superheroes, he added, Wonder Woman “is not trying to exorcise inner demons or work out messiah issues. She wants to function freely in the world, to help out when needed and to be respected for her abilities. No wonder she encounters so much resistance.”


Kim Tae-ri, left, and Kim Min-hee in Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden.”

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THE HANDMAIDEN (2016) on iTunes and Amazon. A devious maid, Sookee (Kim Tae-ri), worms her way into the employment of a beautiful young heiress, Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee), held hostage in a mansion by her uncle (Cho Jin-woong), an erotic-book collector who intends to marry her for her fortune. But a con man (Ha Jung-woo) masquerading as a count has a plan of his own — a scheme that seems doomed when things between the women turn steamy. The director, Park Chan-wook, spun this voluptuous fantasy from Sarah Waters’s lesbian romance “Fingersmith,” and transplanted it to 1930s Korea during the Japanese occupation. “A rebus, a romance, a gothic thriller and a woozy comedy, ‘The Handmaiden’ is finally and most significantly a liberation story,” Manohla Dargis wrote in The Times.

FLEABAG on Amazon. It’s official: A second season of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s deliriously smutty series about a sexually rapacious, anger-riddled, flailing London cafe owner has been greenlit — but alas, it won’t arrive on Amazon until 2019. “I asked myself if Fleabag has more to say and frankly she hasn’t shut up since,” Ms. Waller-Bridge said in a statement. “Series 2 will be a whole new adventure.”


Catherine Deneuve in “Repulsion.”

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REPULSION (1965) on Shudder. A repressed Belgian manicurist (Catherine Deneuve) living in London spirals from discomfort into madness as she grows tormented by sexuality in Roman Polanski’s psychological thriller, his first English-language film. Writing in The Times, Bosley Crowther called it “an absolute knockout of a movie,” adding, “To miss it would be worse than missing ‘Psycho.’”

SPIN on Walter Presents. If “House of Cards” and “Borgen” collided in Paris: That’s the tone of this French political thriller, in which two campaign consultants, Simon Kapita (Bruno Wolkowitch) and Ludovic Desmeuze (Grégory Fitoussi), are pitted against each other when their respective employers decide to claw their way into the Élysée Palace. Catch up on the first two seasons before the third starts streaming on Sept. 7.

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