MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE — FALLOUT (2018) Stream on Amazon and Hulu. The mission, should you choose to pay attention to it, has something to do with missing plutonium. For most, though, the plot of this most recent “Mission: Impossible” movie will be a secondary matter, a framework to justify another opportunity to watch Tom Cruise. And if it’s big-budget summer entertainment you’re after, “Fallout” is a great choice. In her review for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis called the movie “an entertainment machine par excellence.” It “has plenty of serious interludes, but its overall tone is borderline breezy, with bullets,” she wrote. “The movie is propelled by action scenes that transmit a little something about the characters while nudging the story forward, much like the song-and-dance numbers in a musical.”
BASKETBALL OR NOTHING Stream on Netflix. This documentary series follows the Chinle Wildcats, a high school basketball team from the Navajo Nation reservation in Chinle, Ariz., as they compete to win a state championship. As it tells that story — and shows the team’s determination and bonding on the court — it gives a sense of the character of the team’s community, and the challenges its players face off the court.
1984 (1984) Stream on Tubi and Vudu; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. An article in The Times this week dived into the subject of counterfeit books that have been sold on Amazon, where illegitimate copies of “1984” have reportedly been known to contain errors like the word “faces” being replaced with “feces.” For a more respectful variation on George Orwell’s modern classic, see this movie adaptation, which stars John Hurt as Winston Smith, the Everyman.
THEATER CLOSE UP: UNCLE VANYA 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). This Richard Nelson production of the canonical Chekhov drama may be the most intimate version of the play available. The members of its ensemble, for the most part, deliver their lines in murmurs. “I happen to have a voice that can fill a theater rather easily,” Jay O. Sanders, who plays the title character in the production, told The Times last year. “But suddenly I was being told, ‘Don’t use that. Use your voice, but don’t do it to reach the audience; do it to reach the other people onstage,’ and the freedom of that has been extraordinary.” The result is a telling of the story that asks for careful listening, but rewards attentive audience members with the rare feeling that they’re flies on a wall of the forlorn 19th-century Russian estate where the story is set. In this production, the play is “clearer, truer and more comprehensible than it’s ever been before, as if it had always been operating on a frequency that you’ve only now been given access to,” Ben Brantley wrote in his review for The Times. “This,” he added, “is as naked and fully human an ‘Uncle Vanya’ as we’re likely to see.”