HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD (2019) Stream on Hulu; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. Why, when there’s a heroic warrior involved, does the dragon always need to be the bad guy? That’s a question the original installment in this animated series posed when it came out at the beginning of this decade. The movie introduced audiences to Hiccup (the awkward young hero voiced by Jay Baruchel) and Toothless, the dragon that became his companion. The latest and supposedly final installment in the series sees Hiccup and Toothless dealing with a new foe: a vicious dragon hunter voiced by F. Murray Abraham. “If you’ve spent any time with these characters,” Ben Kenigsberg wrote in his review for The New York Times, “it’s hard not to get swept up in the saga, and it’s easy to be moved by the bond between Hiccup and Toothless, who is, in effect, a very loyal dog who can fly and harness the power of lightning bolts.”
CAPOTE (2005) Stream on Showtime platforms; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. When Truman Capote died 35 years ago this week, he left behind a legacy defined in part by “In Cold Blood.” The writing of that book is the subject of this biographical film, which won Philip Seymour Hoffman an Academy Award for best actor. He stars here as a Capote who becomes deeply enmeshed in the story of a now-famous quadruple murder in Kansas. In his review for The Times, A.O. Scott called the film “a fascinating and fine-grained reconstruction of that period in its subject’s life, a time when he pursued literary glory and flirted with moral ruin.”
MAGICAL LAND OF OZ 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). You’ll find no yellow brick road or wicked witch in this new PBS program. What you will see are colorful parrots, mountain peaks blanketed by snow, kangaroos and a shockingly muddy crocodile. Yes, this is a nature program focused on the animals of Australia (the other Oz). The biological richness of that continent comes through in the diversity of the species filmed here. Another element that comes through: How merciless even nature’s smaller beasts can be, an angle in this first episode when the narrator observes a fly perched on the back of a crocodile. “The fly then sucks up the blood with its fleshy mouth parts,” he says, “filling to bursting point on its victim’s rich, cold blood.”
ROUGH NIGHT (2017) 7:30 p.m. and 9:25 p.m. on FXM. Scarlett Johansson stars as a soon-to-be-married politician named Jess in this comedy, which is more “The Hangover” than “Frost/Nixon.” During a race for State Senate, Jess gathers a group of friends for a bachelorette weekend that goes awry. “It’s all blithely formulaic and would be more irritating if the performers — who include Zoë Kravitz and Ilana Glazer — weren’t generally so appealing,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The Times.