Pick of the week: “Meru” (Amazon Prime) — My full review is here. And you think YOU’RE COLD. Blanket up and watch this thrilling documentary about three climbers who attempt to scale the 21,000-foot Himalayan peak nicknamed the “Shark’s Fin,” fall 100 feet short, and then overcome personal tragedies to try again. Co-directed by one of the climbers, Jimmy Chin, the film gives you a terrifyingly authentic sense of what it’s like to undertake one of these expeditions, as well as insight into what sorts of people would spend their lives doing so.
“I Love You Phillip Morris” (Netflix) — My full review is here. Jim Carrey dials it down very effectively to play a lifelong con man who schemes to support his lover (Ewan McGregor) in a comedy that’s sweet and sly
“The Hunted” (Netflix) — William Friedkin’s tense cat-and-mouse thriller pits an old tracker (Tommy Lee Jones) against his best pupil gone rogue (Benicio Del Toro), resulting in a bloody chase across the Pacific Northwest.
“Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap” (Shout Factory TV) — Ice-T uses his connections to make an overlong but insightful and personal documentary, interviewing a Who’s Who list of hip-hop to show how the art form has evolved over the years.
“Stranger By the Lake” (Netflix) — My full review is here. In this Hitchcockian French thriller, a man who comes to a secluded lakeside beach known to be a gay cruising spot thinks he may have witnessed a murderer. And yet he’s attracted to the alleged murderer.