Watch “The Road” before it leaves Netflix and catch Season 3 of “Trolls: The Beat Goes On!”
THE ROAD (2009) on Netflix. In this film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s haunting novel, Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee play a father and son traveling through a post-apocalyptic world, trying to survive. There are few humans left, and those that remain are just as likely to be predatory cannibals as possible allies or companions. In his review for The New York Times, A. O. Scott, praised Mr. Mortensen’s ability to bring Mr. McCarthy’s austere prose to life, saying he “puts flesh on the bones and a soul behind the exhausted, terrified eyes.” John Hillcoat directs from a screenplay written by Joe Penhall. The film will leave Netflix on Saturday.
TROLLS: THE BEAT GOES ON! on Netflix. Not content with one star-studded film about trolls (the dolls, not the internet nuisance), DreamWorks Animation went on to produce a series in which Poppy, Branch and the other residents of Troll Village continue their adventures. The series picks up where the 2016 film left off and follow the trolls as they go about their daily lives. In the film, Anna Kendrick lent her voice to Poppy and Justin Timberlake was Branch; those parts are played by Amanda Leighton and Skylar Astin in the series, while Walt Dohrn reprises his role as Cloud Guy. The show features original songs by Alana Da Fonseca and music from Alex Geringas.
What’s on TV
THE KILLER CLOSER 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery. In the late 1990s, Lindy Gligorijevic was one of the Los Angeles Police Department’s most accomplished detectives. In this new, five-episode true-crime series, Ms. Gligorijevic recounts how she solved murders, caught killers and obtained confessions as a member of the Foothill Homicide Unit. In this episode, she works a case in which two young men were shot at a hotel. After identifying the suspects, she then works to get one of them to name the other as the killer. Ms. Gligorijevic, who joined the L.A.P.D. when she was 23, is also working on a series of novels based on her experience as a detective.
WHAT WOMEN WANT (2000) 7:52 p.m. on STARZ. In this Nancy Meyers comedy, a sleazy and chauvinistic advertising executive, Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson), acquires the ability to hear women’s thoughts. He’s still smarting from having lost out on a promotion to a woman, Darcy Maguire (Helen Hunt), when he acquires these abilities, and at first he uses them only for personal gain, stealing Darcy’s ideas and working to outmaneuver her. Eventually, though, as he is forced to confront the reality of women’s inner worlds, he accesses a more sensitive side of himself and falls in love with Darcy. In a reversal of this conceit, Taraji P. Henson will be starring in “What Men Want,” scheduled to reach theaters on Jan. 11.