Alibi V.29 No.30 • July 23-29, 2020 

Week in Sloth

Thursday 23

“The Dog House” (HBO Max streaming anytime) HBO Max snapped up streaming rights to this feel-good British reality show hit about a rural British dog rescue center that matches homeless dogs with new owners.

The Larva Island Movie (Netflix streaming anytime) Netflix’s “popular with preschoolers and stoners” series about a couple of slug-like buddies stranded on a tropical island (don’t ask me, I just work here) get a feature film spin-off. There’s plenty more slapstick strangeness in this computer-animated sequel.

“Lost Resort” (TBS 8pm) TBS’s newest reality show appears to favor healing over conflict. Instead of pitting nine strangers against one another for a cash prize, producers send them to “an exotic wellness retreat” in Costa Rica where they embark on a voyage of self-discovery, experiencing everything from” rage rituals and vulnerability circles to orgasmic healing.” OK, then.

Friday 24

Radioactive (Amazon Prime streaming anytime) Pioneering (and often overlooked) scientist Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) gets a bit of the spotlight in this historical biopic about Curie’s role in the discovery of radium.

“Rogue Trip” (Disney+ streaming anytime) ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff and his son Mack embark on an epic journey through Colombia, Papua New Guinea, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Lebanon and Ukraine in this family-oriented travel series.

“The Greatest #AtHome Videos” (KRQE-13 7pm) Cedric the Entertainer hosts “America’s Funniest Home Videos”—but, like, seriously at home. “Shot under quarantine” at home.

Saturday 25

“NBA Countdown Presented by Mountain Dew” (KOAT-7 7pm) The professional basketball season is getting underway … kinda … probably. ABC and Mountain Dew celebrates with a look at what the heck this year’s pandemic season might look like.

Sunday 26

Her Deadly Groom (Lifetime 6pm) Many years ago the suburban characters in Lifetime Original movies started out by getting stalked and murdered by various deadly brides and psycho grooms. Since then they’ve moved on to death at the hands of wedding planners, nannies, PTA presidents, high school cheerleaders, college professors, pool cleaners, handymen, escorts, mother-in-laws, father-in-laws, nurses, strippers and yoga instructors. Now we’re back to murderous fiancés. The circle of life is complete.

Monday 27

“Don’t Look Deeper” (Quibi streaming anytime) In near-future California, a high school senior learns a dark secret about herself that has her running for her life. Don Cheadle and Emily Mortimer star in this sci-fi mystery from writer-director-creator Catherine Hardwicke (Lords of Dogtown, Twilight).

“Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On” (Hulu anytime) British chef Jamie Oliver offers up recipes for today’s stuck-at-home times.

“Penn & Teller: Try This At Home Too” (KWBQ-19 8pm) The titular magicians and a few friends (Piff the Magic Dragon, Howie Mandel, Scott Wolf) teach viewers how to pull off magic tricks at home. Which is great if your friends aren’t watching.

Tuesday 28

“Maxxx” (Hulu streaming anytime) O-T Fagbenle (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) stars in this British comedy about a former boy band star who tries to make a musical comeback in an attempt to attract the attention of his former supermodel girlfriend.

Stockton On My Mind (HBO 8pm) At the tender age of 26, on the same day Donald Trump was elected in 2016, Michael Tubbs became the youngest mayor of a major American city, taking over the top political post in Stockton, California, Filmmaker Marc Levin (One Nation Under Stress) looks at how Tubbs has turned his beleaguered hometown into a social policy incubator.

Wednesday 29

The Speed Cubers (Netflix streaming anytime) Ever wondered about the people behind the international Rubik’s Cube speed-solving championships? Me neither. But I bet it’s an oddly fascinating story.