“The Lego Movie” is on TBS. And Jake Gyllenhaal plays a deep-pocketed art critic in the new Netflix thriller “Velvet Buzzsaw.”
What’s on TV
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.”
VELVET BUZZSAW (2018) Stream on Netflix. As if the contemporary art world weren’t scary enough, the director Dan Gilroy’s lampooning of it imagines a world in which paintings come alive and take life away. Jake Gyllenhaal is the deep-pocketed art critic Morf Vendewalt and Rene Russo plays a powerful dealer in what begins as a somewhat straightforward satire. The movie then transitions into a thriller after Morf is asked by his lover (Zawe Ashton) to be the biographer of a mysterious artist who, among other grotesque things, painted with his own blood. Then the art slays people, for real.
GENERATION WEALTH (2018) Stream on Amazon; rent on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube. Gold, diamonds, cigars, exotic pelts and cars, Champagne — these are a few of the things that pour out of Lauren Greenfield’s documentary on American wealth, which Jeannette Catsoulis, in her review for The Times, called a “crammed compendium of capitalist excesses and toxic materialism.” A follow-up to Greenfield’s 2012 documentary, “The Queen of Versailles,” the movie looks at upper-crust figures like a billionaire couple and a porn star, and serves dual roles as both a spectacle and a piece of social criticism.
BAD REPUTATION (2018) Stream on Hulu; rent on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube. “For me, it was all in, completely,” the rock star Joan Jett told The Times last year. “And I think I knew that young. I didn’t have a Plan B.” Jett’s trailblazing rise and storied career is detailed in this feature-length documentary, which cuts between interviews with Jett, interviews with fellow rockers like Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop, and archival footage. The movie also focuses on Jett as a feminist, who defied the boys’ clubs of musicians and music critics through sheer force of will. “I didn’t think it would be such a big deal for a girl to play rock ’n’ roll,” Jett says. What sandwiches that quote is about 90 minutes of proof that it was.