CAPONE (2020) Stream on Amazon and Kanopy; rent on Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. The Al Capone of this film is not the iconic bootlegger and crime boss that audiences are likely familiar with. He’s just spent 11 years in federal prison for tax evasion, and neurosyphilis is claiming his mind. As portrayed by Tom Hardy, Capone is “a boogeyman bloated with body fluids,” according to Ben Kenigsberg’s review for The Times. During this twilight period, the retired gangster lives in Palm Island, Fla., in the care of his wife, Mae (Linda Cardellini), and a doctor played by Kyle MacLachlan. Still under surveillance by law enforcement and haunted by the crimes he committed as a younger man, Capone struggles to recall where he hid millions of dollars before he was imprisoned.
NIGHTCRAWLER (2014) Stream on Netflix; rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Dan Gilroy’s media thriller as Lou, a con artist who stumbles upon freelance photojournalists recording the aftermath of a car accident and decides to join their ranks. With the help of his assistant, Rick (Riz Ahmed), he roams the streets of Los Angeles looking for violent events that he can capture with his camera and sell to local television stations. “He is a fast learner, and his amoral zeal causes him to evolve from eager voyeur into something much worse,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The Times. But as his skills improve and his profile rises, he is drawn deeper into the dangerous world he is exploiting.
LUCKY DAY (2019) Stream on Hulu; rent on iTunes. This film by Roger Avary, the director behind “Killing Zoe” who also co-wrote “Pulp Fiction,” was not well reviewed when it received a limited release last year. But anything that combines outrageously bad taste, well-worn genre tropes and stylized, spectacular violence will likely find some fans. The story, such as it is, follows Red (Luke Bracey), a thief, as he acclimates to life with his wife, Chloe (Nina Dobrev), and their daughter, Beatrice, after serving two years in prison. Their reunion is spoiled by Luc (Crispin Glover), a twisted assassin looking to avenge his brother’s death.
What’s on TV
THE TITAN GAMES 8 p.m. on NBC. By the end of the Season 2 finale, two contestants will have earned for themselves the title of “Titan Champion” and $100,000. The preceding episode wrapped up the regional competition with Will Sutton and Courtney Roselle advancing from the Eastern bracket to the final rounds. Now the six top competitors — who managed to overcome professional athletes including the football player Joe Thomas and the snowboarder Hannah Teter — will square off in a series of physical challenges for the chance to return to Mount Olympus, the show’s most grueling gantlet. Only two men and two women will have the opportunity to fight for the grand prize. The actor and former professional wrestler Dwayne Johnson hosts.