Jordan Peele and Charlie Sanders’s “Weird City” begins on YouTube Premium. And Ewan McGregor narrates a “Nature” documentary on PBS.
WEIRD CITY Stream on YouTube Premium. A sci-fi potpourri that wears its influences on its sleeves, this new anthology series created by Jordan Peele and the “Key & Peele” writer Charlie Sanders imagines a socially stratified dystopia whose upper- and lower-class citizens are separated by a physical barrier called “the line.” But while it’s dystopian, it’s also funny; the show plays as if “Black Mirror” and Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” had a love child, and then that child chose a career in comedy. Many recognizable actors — including Steven Yeun, Awkwafina, Dylan O’Brien, LeVar Burton and Rosario Dawson — portray the citizenry of this middle-class-less society.
MELANCHOLIA (2011) Stream on Hulu; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. On a pedestal at the M HKA museum in Antwerp, Belgium, sits a diamond, in an exhibition created by the filmmaker Lars von Trier. The diamond, he says, represents his 2011 film, “Melancholia.” “What I’m trying to do is to capture the mood,” von Trier recently told The New York Times. Those who can’t make it to Antwerp can hop on the streaming service of their choice to experience the mood of this apocalyptic psychological drama, which stars Kirsten Dunst as a bride whose doomsday visions come true. It is melancholic and more.
PERSONAL SHOPPER (2017) Stream on Netflix; Rent on iTunes and Vudu. Class divides Maureen, a young American played by Kristen Stewart, from her wealthy celebrity employer in this quiet thriller, directed by Olivier Assayas. Set in Paris and throughout Europe, the movie follows Maureen as she travels around as a personal shopper, buying expensive clothes and accessories for her boss while mentally processing the recent death of her twin brother. Mystery, more death, and possible spirits come around soon enough. In his review for The Times, A. O. Scott wrote that the film is both “an unnerving inquiry into the drift and mystery of modern life” and “a raw and smoldering study in grief.” He called it “sleek and spooky, seductive and suspenseful.”
NATURE: WILD WAY OF THE VIKINGS 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Seafarers? Yes. Raiders? Check. Traders? Naturally. Environmental stewards? Somewhat, according to this documentary. The latest entry in PBS’s “Nature” series focuses on the Vikings and their relationship to the natural world, which, it shows, they both exploited and nurtured. Ewan McGregor narrates.
SUICIDE SQUAD (2016) 7:30 p.m. on TNT. David Ayer’s dark DC Comics adaptation assembles a heterogeneous squad of Hollywood heavyweights like Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis to tell the tale of supervillains who come under government employ. In his review for The Times, A. O. Scott called the film “a so-so, off-peak superhero movie.” But he praised the costumes and Smith and Davis’s “dead-serious, delightfully mischievous performances.”