BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES Stream on Nationaltheatre.org.uk. Barbershops are portrayed as communal areas the place patrons hang around and speak about politics, relationships and masculinity — and possibly additionally get their hair reduce — in Inua Ellams’s “Barber Shop Chronicles,” a play that was successful in London in 2017. The story bridges six barbershops in six cities, focusing on conversations in every store over the course of a day. The fleet-footed script relies on recordings of conversations Ellams made in barbershops in Africa and London. “The men were just laughing whilst talking about really crazy issues,” Ellams stated in an interview with The New York Times final 12 months. “I had one rule: If a topic comes up three times in three different countries, then it has to go into the play.” This manufacturing, recorded through the present’s run on the National Theater in London, is streaming till late subsequent week as a part of a sequence of free programming being provided through the pandemic.
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL (2019) Stream on Disney Plus; rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer spar in this sequel to “Maleficent,” the Disney rethink that built a sympathetic portrait of the “Sleeping Beauty” villain for which it is named. The sequel pits Jolie’s Maleficent against an evil queen (Pfeiffer), while deepening the relationship between Maleficent and her royal-blooded surrogate daughter, Aurora (Elle Fanning). But while Jolie’s prosthetic cheekbones and alarmingly big horns are back and as over-the-top as ever, many critics, including The Times’s Manohla Dargis, found the movie malnourished. “If ‘Mistress of Evil’ had any of its predecessor’s flashes of self-aware humor, embellished beauty or basic filmmaking intelligence, it might be easier to take or at least ignore,” Dargis wrote. “But it’s a clotted mess. It’s also dispiriting because it has traded a fairy tale about female solidarity for a war movie about what happens when women assume power.”
SEBERG (2019) Stream on Amazon. After her rise to international fame in the 1960s, the actress Jean Seberg was under F.B.I. surveillance for her support of the Black Power movement. “Seberg,” directed by Benedict Andrews, explores the psychological toll that surveillance took, imagining a version of the actress (played by Kristen Stewart) hounded by a fictional agent, Jack Solomon (Jack O’Connell). “Despite its wearying preoccupation with Bureau mischief and Solomon’s softening toward his target, ‘Seberg’ has an old-fashioned glamour that can on occasion take your breath away,” Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in her review for The Times. “The styling and production design are impeccable, and Rachel Morrison’s radiant cinematography is as beguiling as Stewart’s performance.”
What’s on TV
BRAVERY AND HOPE: 7 DAYS ON THE FRONT LINE 9 p.m. on CBS. See some of the heroic work being done by emergency physicians and critical care workers during the coronavirus pandemic in this hourlong special. The program is built from footage from over a week at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.