Today’s Top TV Picks – Friday January 8

Today’s Top Picks


The Truth

8 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME – Premiere

Acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda wrote and directed this sensitive 2019 drama starring Catherine Deneuve as Fabienne Dangeville, a celebrated French actress who has just written her highly anticipated memoirs. Fabienne’s screenwriter daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) is dismayed to discover the book has been published before she had a chance to read it, and she’s further irritated to notice that Fabienne has written about their stormy mother-daughter relationship as something out of a fairy tale. Ethan Hawke, Ludivine Sagnier and Clémentine Grenier also star.



8 p.m. ET on AMC – Series Premiere

Denzel Washington has worked several times with action-specialist director Tony Scott (“Crimson Tide”), and they reteam on this effective, fact-inspired 2010 thriller that puts fresh spins on a time-tested premise of a train that’s out of control. Washington plays an experienced engineer who’s training a newcomer (Chris Pine, “Star Trek”) when they become the only hope of stopping a chemical-laden locomotive hurtling toward a town.


Public Enemies

8 p.m. ET on STARZ – Premiere

Depression-era gangster John Dillinger lives again, through Johnny Depp, in writer-director Michael Mann’s (“Heat”) drama about the then-fledgling FBI’s campaign to establish itself by targeting the top criminals of the time. Christian Bale also stars as federal agent Melvin Purvis, dispatched by J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) to catch Dillinger. Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”) plays a woman who also catches Dillinger in her own way.



9 p.m. ET on PBS 

In her new film “A Thousand Cuts,” filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz looks at actions being taken in the Philippines by President Rodrigo Duterte. He has firmly cracked down on the press, especially independent journalist Maria Ressa, who currently faces jail time for reporting that displeases Duterte.

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