The Week in Arts: The Criterion Channel, Charlotte Gainsbourg and ‘Queens of Mystery’


April 8; criterionchannel.com.

At long last, the Criterion Channel has arrived, and it’s billing itself as a movie lover’s dream. The streaming service, launching Monday, April 8, replaces FilmStruck, a partnership between the Criterion Collection and Turner Classic Movies that went dark on Nov. 29.

This new channel is home to more than 1,000 classics and art-house fare culled from the Criterion Collection and Janus Films’ library, peppered with a constantly refreshed selection of major studio and indie productions.

It also brings back the original Criterion programming from FilmStruck — because change is hard! The inaugural week kicks off with “Spotlight: Columbia Noir,” which includes dark-hearted gems like Fritz Lang’s “The Big Heat” and “Human Desire,” Richard Quine’s “Drive a Crooked Road” and Blake Edwards’s “Experiment in Terror” (April 8); “Directed by David Lynch,” featuring “Eraserhead,” “The Elephant Man,” “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and “Mulholland Drive” (April 11); and “Julie Taymor’s Adventures in Moviegoing,” a handpicked lineup from the guest curator, including Akira Kurosawa’s “Rashomon,” Ingmar Bergman’s “Sawdust and Tinsel,” Federico Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria” and Mikhail Kalatozov’s “The Cranes Are Flying” (April 14).

The Criterion Channel is available in the United States and Canada on desktop browsers as well as Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, iOS and Android devices. KATHRYN SHATTUCK

Murder abounds in Wildemarsh, and her aunts want nothing more than to help. So do clues about Mattie’s mother, who disappeared when her daughter was 3 and may or may not be dead. But whatever her aunts know, they’re not telling. They are, however, setting her up on blind dates, when Mattie (Olivia Vinall) only has eyes for the resident pathologist, Dr. Daniel Lynch (Andrew Leung).

“Queens of Mystery” begins with the two-part “Murder in the Dark,” where a Golden Pick Axe Award ends up buried in the head of a prize nominee at a crime writers’ festival — and the final pages of his latest novel are stolen. KATHRYN SHATTUCK



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