“No Country for Old Men” arrives on Netflix. And “Summer Palace” tells a teenage love story in the context of the Tiananmen Square protests.
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007) on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Netflix, Vudu and YouTube. This Oscar-winning thriller by the Coen brothers, adapted from the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, centers on the bloody aftermath of a botched drug deal in West Texas in 1980. When a hunter (Josh Brolin) steals $2 million he finds at a crime scene, he sets off a string of acts of gut-wrenching violence at the hands of Anton (Javier Bardem), a ruthless killer tasked with retrieving the loot. Tommy Lee Jones plays a local sheriff attempting to stem the bloodshed. “‘No Country for Old Men’ is purgatory for the squeamish and the easily spooked,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. “For formalists — those moviegoers sent into raptures by tight editing, nimble camera work and faultless sound design — it’s pure heaven.”
SUMMER PALACE (2008) on Mubi. The director Lou Ye was banned from his native China for five years for reimagining the Tiananmen Square protests in this romantic drama. The film parallels the escalating fervor in China ahead of the student-led riots in 1989 with the liberating self-discovery of Yu Hong (Lei Hao), a college student who arrives in Beijing determined to live her life to the fullest. She does. Chaos ensues. And adulthood settles in. But unlike your run-of-the-mill coming-of-age story, this all occurs against the backdrop of a changing nation. A. O. Scott named the movie a Critic’s Pick in his review for The Times. He wrote, “the film’s ardent, unsentimental embrace of youthful idealism is likely to strike a chord with anyone who can recall — or imagine — such feelings overtaking his or her own life.”
MTV UNPLUGGED: LAURYN HILL (2002) on Stringray Qello. This raw and intimate performance by Lauryn Hill is among the broad selection of concert films, documentaries and music-focused series available to stream on Stringray Qello. The platform allows users to skip to specific scenes or songs and compile their favorite items in a “set list.” If you can’t commit to this full performance, jump to the reflective, nine-minute track, “I Gotta Find Peace Of Mind.”
What’s on TV
I AM FRANKIE 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon. In a one-hour special edition of this A.I.-focused series, Frankie (Alex Hook) confronts her prototype (also Ms. Hook) and tries to rescue her family. The series returns for Season 2 on Sept. 10.
LOVE AT SEA (2018) 9 p.m. on Hallmark Channel. Alexa PenaVega (“Spy Kids”) stars as Olivia, a scrupulous event planner organizing a culinary cruise. It’s all smooth sailing until she learns that the longtime cruise director has quit and been replaced with a rookie substitute, Tony (Ms. PenaVega’s husband, Carlos). The pair get off on the wrong foot but slowly warm up to each other as they try to put on the event. (Keep an eye out for the couple’s toddler, Ocean, who makes his screen debut.)