The divisive psychological thriller “Mother!” arrives on Hulu. And the gripping documentary “Nowhere to Hide” is on “Point of View.”
MOTHER! (2017) on iTunes, Amazon, Epix, Google Play, Hulu, Vudu and YouTube. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem live in a decadent, isolated mansion. He writes poetry. She maintains the house with utmost dedication. Their seemingly idyllic life is disturbed when Ed Harris (none of the characters are given names) arrives at their door and never leaves. More guests join the picture, yet to go on would be to spoil the whole story. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (“Requiem for a Dream,” “Black Swan”), this allegorical thriller may have been the most polarizing film of 2017. Some viewers loved it, others hated it, but most just didn’t get it. (One commenter responded to The New York Times’s coverage of the film saying: “Here’s a free clue. Watching your movie should explain the movie.”)
IN PLAIN SIGHT on BritBox. This three-part serial reimagines the true story of Peter Manuel (Martin Compston), a notorious Scottish serial killer who was executed in 1958 after being convicted of murdering seven people. The show focuses on the quest of Detective William Muncie (Douglas Henshall), who doggedly tracked down Manuel after he went on a two-year killing spree.
DRUG WAR (2013) on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Shudder, Vudu and YouTube. At the outset of this riveting crime thriller, Timmy (Louis Koo), a drug kingpin, is caught manufacturing tons of meth in China. To escape the death penalty, he strikes a deal with Captain Zhang (Sun Honglei) and agrees to become an informant to help bring down the local cartel. During the next 72 hours, the two become caught up in a vicious chase — well aware that they can’t truly trust each other. In her review for The Times, Manohla Dargis wrote, “The brilliant, unsettling action scenes — ugly, savage, dehumanizing — speak volumes.”
POV: NOWHERE TO HIDE (2017) 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). After American troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011, the director Zaradasht Ahmed gave Nori Sharif, an Iraqi nurse, a video camera and encouraged him to shoot as the country attempted to rebuild itself. At first Mr. Sharif observed the tragedy and trauma of others, but as a civil war brewed and led to the creation of the Islamic State, he turned the lens onto himself and his family as they fled the mounting violence. The result is this haunting documentary, which Jeannette Catsoulis named a Critic’s Pick in The Times, one that “has a raw immediacy that’s both appropriate and involving.”
THE PROPOSAL 10:01 p.m. on ABC. Nine men compete to win over a bachelorette who is hidden from view in the season finale of this reality dating series. The show got off to a rocky start. In June, ABC announced it would pull the second episode after a woman accused a male contestant on the show of sexually assaulting her. Later episodes weren’t affected as each one involves a different batch of contestants.