What’s On TV? – Friday (10/18/19) – Festival Films Invade Streaming Services


The highlights for tonight include two festival films with plenty of buzz surrounding them. One is the newest endeavor from Steven Soderbergh and the other is a fascinating indie-horror. We can finally see if these two movies are worth the admiration they’ve already received.

Pick of the Day:

“The Laundromat” (Netflix)Image result for the laundromat netflix

Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat” follows Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep), a mother who is about to go on the vacation of her dreams before she realizes something has gone terribly wrong and most of her money has disappeared. She is able to trace the source of her problems back to a tax firm in Panama. The firm is run by Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Antonio Banderas), two ruthless lawyers consumed with greed. But the more she digs up on the firm, the more Ellen finds that she is not the only person to be screwed over by these two lawyers and she seeks payback.

Following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, initial reaction compared “The Laundromat” to Adam McKay’s “The Big Short.” Knowing McKay’s film was divisive among audiences and critics, it was not surprising to read our own J. Don Birnam’s review, who came out against it. All and all, “The Laundromat” looks to be another entertaining entry in Soderbergh’s filmography, as well as another potential Oscar nomination for Streep.

Movies on TV:

“Wounds” (Hulu)Image result for wounds movie

Debuting at the Sundance film festival earlier this year, “Wounds” follows a bartender (Armie Hammer) and his girlfriend (Dakota Johnson), and how their lives are turned upside down when a mysterious phone is left in their bar one night. Billed as a psychological horror drama, “Wounds” is an unnerving experience designed to make all who watch uncomfortable and lead to a good discussion once the credits start rolling. “Wounds” earned a mixed reception upon its premiere, with a lot of critics liking it and a lot of critics disliking it, as explained by our own Karen Peterson in her review from January. Now that it is being released on Hulu, you can see which side of the discourse you land on and see if “Wounds” is worth all the noise it made out of Utah.

Other Movies on TV:

  • “Walking Tall” (Viceland) at 7:00 PM ET
  • “A Star is Born” (HBO) at 7:40 PM ET
  • “Friday the 13th” (AMC) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Now You See Me 2” (FX) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “All Monsters Attack” (TCM) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Sid and Judy” (Showtime) at 8:05 PM ET
  • “Scream 3” (Freeform) at 8:20 PM ET
  • “The Rundown” (HBO Comedy) at 8:30 PM ET
  • “My Best Friend’s Wedding” (Lifetime) at 11:03 PM ET
  • “The Dark Knight” (TNT) at 11:30 PM ET

New Episodes on TV:

Below are the new episodes airing tonight:

  • “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Friday Night Smackdown” (FOX) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “American Housewife” (ABC) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “The Black List” (NBC) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Charmed” (The CW) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Gold Rush” (Discovery) at 8:00 p.m. ET
  • “Fresh Off the Boat” (ABC) at 8:30 p.m. ET
  • “Magnum P.I.” (CBS) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • “Dynasty” (The CW) at 9:00 p.m. ET
  • “Blue Bloods” (CBS) at 10:00 PM ET
  • “Van Helsing” (Syfy) at 10:00 PM ET
  • “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO) at 10:00 PM ET
  • “House Hunters International” (HGTV) at 10:30 PM ET
  • “Room 104” (HBO) at 11:00 PM ET

What will you be watching tonight? Let us know in the comments below.