What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Philharmonia’ and Vanessa Hudgens
PHILHARMONIA Stream on Topic. Common: A thriller that uses classical music to ramp up tension. Less common: A thriller whose plot revolves around classical music. But both of those attributes apply to this French series, about a fictional Paris orchestra. It begins with the orchestra’s conductor dropping dead midconcert. His replacement, Hélène (Marie-Sophie Ferdane), is a hot shot with a mysterious past who flies from New York to Paris with a handgun in her luggage. The drama begins when Hélène starts making radical changes at the orchestra, like replacing the lead violinist with a young protégée. What follows is a tense story that involves sex, blood and Vivaldi. It will debut in North America on Thursday on a revamped version of the website and streaming platform Topic, alongside the Italian mystery series THE MIRACLE. That show, created by the author Niccolò Ammaniti, centers on the discovery of a statue of the Virgin Mary that weeps blood.
THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (2019) Stream on Netflix. If a medieval knight materialized before your very eyes, what would you do? For Brooke, the jaded young science teacher that Vanessa Hudgens plays in this movie, the answer is help him adjust to modern life, then fall in love with him. That’s the premise of this romantic comedy, which is the second Netflix holiday movie with Hudgens as a star in two years. Josh Whitehouse plays opposite Hudgens as the medieval man, who is thrown into modern times during an episode of apparent time travel. (He should probably seek a shower and a flu shot before anything else.) The wintery activities this pair engages in include hacking down a Christmas tree and baking — with King Arthur flour, naturally.
3:10 TO YUMA (2007) Stream on Showtime platforms; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. The director James Mangold had a box office hit last weekend with “Ford v Ferrari,” an auto-racing drama with Matt Damon and Christian Bale. No fast cars appear in this Western from Mangold, though Bale is here — and there may be a mustang or two. A remake of the 1957 film of the same name (itself based on an Elmore Leonard short story), “3:10 to Yuma” stars Bale as a rancher and Civil War veteran who joins a group tasked with transporting a dangerous outlaw (played by Russell Crowe) across Arizona. This version “expands the story and cranks up the brutality,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The New York Times, but it “does its best to honor the unpretentious spirit of the original.”
What’s on TV
DESUS & MERO 11 p.m. on Showtime. The first season of Desus Nice and the Kid Mero’s Showtime late-night show comes to a close Thursday with a heavy-hitting pair of guests: the “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman (promoting the New York cop action movie “21 Bridges” and Senator Elizabeth Warren (promoting her bid for the presidency).
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