Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell star in “Beautiful Boy.” And Ron Funches discusses Dwayne Johnson and more in a new comedy special.
BEAUTIFUL BOY (2018) on Amazon Prime. Based on paired memoirs by David and Nic Sheff, Felix Van Groeningen’s latest film casts Timothée Chalamet as a young man in the throes of drug addiction. The movie focuses on the effect it has on the boy and his family, most prominently his father, David, played by Steve Carell. “There is a lot of good music — John Lennon, Sigur Ros, Perry Como — and California vistas so gorgeous that you might wonder if the state’s tourist board had a role in the production,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The Times. “But the picturesqueness and the flowing, music-video rhythms of the editing give the film a slick, evasive feel, as if it were too cautious or too cool to confront the worst of what it’s about.”
I’M MOVING TO MARS on Topic. In the coming decades, the Dutch nonprofit venture Mars One intends to start a colony on Mars, and has gathered 100 volunteers to begin getting ready for a one-way journey. While many in both the aerospace industry and academia are skeptical of the organization (it doesn’t manufacture hardware, for one), those who have volunteered themselves are serious about their intentions — as is evidenced in this four-part series of short documentaries profiling some of the potential space colonists. “We’re going to die here anyway,” Yari Golden-Castaño, one of these aspiring travelers, says. “We’re going to Mars to live.”
CALL MY AGENT! on Netflix. On The Times’s Watching website, Elisabeth Vincentelli called this French backstage comedy series “a Gallic hybrid of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Entourage’ and ‘The Office.’” It follows a group of Parisian talent agents managing a roving roster of actual French celebrities, who in the show play turbocharged versions of themselves. The third season, available Friday on Netflix, features episodes with Monica Bellucci, Jean Dujardin and others.
SHERLOCK GNOMES (2018) on Hulu. James McAvoy and Emily Blunt reprise their roles as the ceramic “Gnomeo and Juliet” in this sequel to that 2011 family film, made possible by the fact that the lovers in that version didn’t actually need to die to bury their parents’ strife. Shakespeare takes a back seat to Arthur Conan Doyle here, as the lovers are joined by Sherlock Gnomes (voiced by Johnny Depp) and Watson (Chiwetel Ejiofor) to crack a case of missing figurines. “Although still laced with glib pop culture references (wow, a skinny latte) and scored with Elton John tunes in a way that plays like a concession to adults,” Ben Kenigsberg wrote in his review of the movie for The Times, “It has occasional fun ideas, such as rendering the inner workings of Holmes’s mind in hand-drawn black and white.”
What’s on TV
RON FUNCHES: GIGGLE FIT 11 p.m. on Comedy Central. The comedian Ron Funches discusses the greatness of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” fatherhood and the idea of getting hit on by Dwayne Johnson in this hourlong comedy special.