Ari Aster’s domestic horror hit is on Amazon Prime. And “Red Tails” is on BET.
HEREDITARY (2018) on Amazon Prime. Fear is found right at the kitchen table in “Hereditary,” Ari Aster’s domestic horror movie whose frights are tied to familial relationships. Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro and Alex Wolff star as a family’s mother, daughter and son, who experience supernatural occurrences after a grandmother’s death. In his review for The New York Times, A. O. Scott wrote that the film carries “an ambitious energy, a sense that the creaky old machinery of horror can be adapted to new and exciting uses.” When it opened in theaters in June, it marked the latest chapter in a growing trend of scary movies with family at their center. Depending on the viewer, it may be especially relatable now, right after the holidays.
CITY OF GHOSTS (2003) on Showtime streaming platforms and Vudu. Matt Dillon directed, starred in and was a writer of this thriller, in which he plays an American con man who ventures to Cambodia to collect earnings from an insurance scam. James Caan plays his mentor. In his review for The Times, Lawrence Van Gelder wrote that the film is “richly atmospheric and suspenseful,” noting that Dillon “mingles history, cruelty, vitality and the enduring impulse toward love and decency in a story that contrasts deadly characters driven by greed with people responsive to love and family and trust.”
What’s on TV
RED TAILS (2012) 9 p.m. on BET. A rare Lucasfilm production that doesn’t have “Star Wars” or “Indiana Jones” in its title, “Red Tails” casts Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael B. Jordan and other big names as members of the Tuskegee Airmen, a squadron of African-American pilots who flew scores of missions during World War II. In his review for The Times, Stephen Holden praised the “Olympian loftiness and roller coaster dips” of the film’s aerial combat scenes, though he wrote that the movie overall functions like “a mildly entertaining classroom instructional.”
THE EQUALIZER (2014) 8 and 11 p.m. on FX. Television audiences have the opportunity to see two different middle-aged action stars doling out justice on Thursday night. First, Denzel Washington stars in “The Equalizer” as a former government agent pulled out of semiretirement after baddies inflict harm on his friend Alina, a young prostitute played by Chloë Grace Moretz. Next, TAKEN (2009), at 11:15 p.m. on HBO, stars Liam Neeson as a former government operative also pulled out of semiretirement after baddies inflict harm on his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace).
LAST HOLIDAY (2006) 8 p.m. on WE TV. What would you do if you were given just a few weeks to live? That’s the question Queen Latifah’s character, a New Orleans department-store employee, must answer in this comedy directed by Wayne Wang. Her response to a grim medical diagnosis is to jet off to Europe, where she indulges in expensive meals, spa trips and BASE jumping.