Alibi V.29 No.27 • July 2-8, 2020 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 2

“Blinded” (Sundance Now streaming anytime) This “financial thriller” out of Sweden (based on the book by Carolina Neurath) follows young financial journalist Bea Farkas (Julia Ragnarsson, Midsommar), who is having a secret affair with bank director Peder Rooth (Matias Varela, “Narcos”). When she’s assigned to investigate her lover’s (potentially very corrupt) institution, things get messy.

Warrior Nun” (Netflix streaming anytime) Ben Dunn’s indie comic book Warrior Nun Areala comes to live-action life to tell the story of a young woman (Portuguese actress Alaba Baptista) who wakes up in the morgue with a “divine artifact” embedded in her back. Naturally, she’s recruited by an ancient mystical organization to battle demons.

Friday 3

“The Baby-Sitters Club” (Netflix streaming anytime) Several generations of tweens grew up on Ann M. Martin’s wildly popular 1986 to 2000 book series (all 213 of them). Following the 1990 TV series and the 1995 movie adaptations, Neflix picks up the breathless “$10 an hour and all the Pizza Rolls you can eat” action.

Hamilton (Disney+ streaming anytime) The recorded version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway sensation was supposed to hit movie theaters this summer. But a little hitch in that plan led to Disney dropping the musical onto its streaming service. If you couldn’t get tickets and have spent the last two years listening to the soundtrack, here’s your chance to actually see what it looks like.

“Ju-On: Origins” (Netflix streaming anytime) Takashi Shimizu has milked at least seven movies out of his minimalist Japanese ghost story chiller (all of them, more or less remakes/reboots of the original). This “expansion” of the “Grudge” universe follows a team of paranormal investigators, digging up the four-decade history of Shimizu’s familiar haunted house.

“The iHeartCountry 4th of July BBQ” (KWBQ-19 7pm) Bobby Bones hosts while country music artists like Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina and Old Dominion perform live from the backyards of their homes. Like ya do these days.

Saturday 4

“Sesame Street: Fourth of July Celebration” (HBO 7am) Stuck by the spirit of independence, Elmo, Abby and Rudy try to find the perfect birthday present to give America. As always, these Muppet kids are sweet … but a little dumb.

“A Capitol Fourth 2020” (KNME-5 7pm) The National Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the U.S. Army Band and the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets play patriotic music while celebrating “essential workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, Black heroes past and present and wounded warriors.”

Sunday 5

“Outcry” (Showtime 8pm) Showtime’s newest crime documentary looks at the case of high school football star Greg Kelley, convicted of molesting a 4-year old boy and sent to prison for 25 years. But a groundswell of community support for Kelley calls the investigation and conviction into question.

“An American Aristocrat’s Guide to Great Estates” (Smithsonian 7pm) Julie Montagu (Viscountess Hitchingbrooke, step-mother to the Earl of Sandwich and American-born yoga instructor) wraps up the first season of Smithsonian’s “Cribs” with a visit to the 97-room Eastnor Castle in Hertfordshire. Evidently some places are better quarantine locations than others.

“America: Our Defining Hours” (History 7pm) History Channel takes viewers from the “starving times” of the first colonies to the War of Independence to the expanding of the American frontier to the brink of the Civil War. It’s been a heck of a ride.

Monday 6

“Celebrity Game Face” (E! 8pm) Host Kevin Hart subjects celebrity couples to a string of “trivia questions and physical challenges” from the safety of their own living rooms.

Tuesday 7

“Shannon’s CRAZY For Christmas in July Sale” (Home Shopping Network 8pm) Seriously, Shannon, we’re all a little crazy right now and it’s got nothing to do with Christmas. We’re stuck at home—starved for human interaction and desperate for entertainment—and we’re starting to watch the most ridiculous crap on TV, just because it’s there. … Now how much is that dog bed? It’s adorable.

Wednesday 8

“Stateless” (Netflix streaming anytime) Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, “Mrs. America”) and Yvonne Strahovski ( “Chuck,” “The Handmaid’s Tale”) star in this drama about our strangers whose lives collide at an immigration detention center in the middle of the Australian desert. Blanchett also serves as the series’ creator.

“Tough As Nails” (KRQE-13 7pm) CBS’ blue collar twist on the typical strength/obstacle course competition pits welders, firefighters, roofers, Marine Corps vets and other working-class folks against one another.