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What’s on TV Friday: ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’

What’s on TV Friday: ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’

“The Lego Movie” is on TBS. And Jake Gyllenhaal plays a deep-pocketed art critic in the new Netflix thriller “Velvet Buzzsaw.”

THE LEGO MOVIE 9 p.m. on TBS. As they often do in the minds of the young, Lego characters come to life in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s animated feature, which centers on an Everyman made of Lego bricks and voiced by Chris Pratt. That Everyman is Emmet Brickowski, a construction worker in a Lego city who is sucked into a world-saving mission: stopping an evil businessman (voiced by Will Ferrell) intent on gluing the Legos in place. Both creativity and life itself are on the line. In his review for The New York Times, A. O. Scott wrote that the filmmakers (who previously directed “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”) create an environment that “hums with wit and imagination.” But the story, Scott wrote, is a “busy, slapdash contraption designed above all to satisfy the imperatives of big-budget family entertainment.”

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