Today’s Top TV Picks – Friday May 22


Today’s Top Picks


1

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

7 p.m. on SYFY

A mysterious force threatens Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the totally captivating second movie adapted from J.K. Rowling’s novels (and directed again by Chris Columbus). Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson) must find out what is causing people known as Mudbloods to become petrified — or else, the school will be closed. Robbie Coltrane, Kenneth Branagh and Richard Harris co-star in this 2002 tale.


2

San Andreas

8 p.m. ET on TBS

This hit 2015 disaster movie depicts the havoc that ensues following tremors along the title fault line in California. The special-effects wizards are as much stars of the film as Dwayne Johnson, playing a rescue helicopter pilot who saves his estranged wife (Carla Gugino), then heads off with her to rescue their daughter (Alexandra Daddario). The fine supporting cast includes Paul Giamatti, Archie Panjabi (“The Good Wife”) and Ioan Gruffudd (“Forever”).


3

AKA Jane Roe

9 p.m. ET on FX

FX Networks’ first documentary feature, this new film from producer-director Nick Sweeney profiles Norma McCorvey, the defendant in the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case in 1973. That ruling found that state laws banning abortion were unconstitutional. The documentary chronicles how in the years after that, McCorvey dramatically changed her views on abortion, particularly after undergoing a religious conversion in 1995. She later would say that she considered her involvement in her landmark legal case the biggest mistake of her life.


4

The Descendants

11:40 p.m. ET on CINEMAX

George Clooney earned wide acclaim for this superb, Alexander Payne-directed 2011 comedy-drama, casting him as an attorney stunned to learn of his wife’s infidelity after an accident leaves her in a coma. He then decides to cross Hawaii with his daughters (Shailene Woodley, also excellent, and Amara Miller), not only to get a look at his rival but also to determine whether to sell land his family owns. Beau Bridges and Michael Ontkean (“Slap Shot”) also appear.

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