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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘Superfly’

What’s on TV Friday: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ and ‘Superfly’

A “Star Wars” origin story is available for streaming. And Director X’s “Superfly” remake is on Starz.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (2018) on Amazon, Google Play, Netflix, Vudu and YouTube. For a film that takes place in the galaxy far, far away, not many people saw “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The arrival on Netflix of this “Star Wars” prologue — a letdown at the box office when it was released — will presumably shake loose some potential viewers who were too fatigued by the other recent “Star Wars” movies to cough up movie theater prices for this one in May. Those who choose to indulge now will learn a lot about the swashbuckling galactic cowboy Han Solo, made famous in the original films by Harrison Ford and here played in a younger version by Alden Ehrenreich. They will learn, for example, that Solo can be a dishonest card player when necessary, and that he met his first lover, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), while they were both living in the streets. Ron Howard directs an ensemble that also includes Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams in the originals) and Woody Harrelson as a mentor to Solo. In a lukewarm review for The New York Times, A. O. Scott wrote that the movie is “a curiously low-stakes blockbuster, in effect a filmed Wikipedia page.”

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