Today’s Top TV Picks – Saturday March 21


Today’s Top Picks


1

The BFG

7 p.m. ET on DXD – Premiere

This 2016 adaptation of a Roald Dahl novel assembles a stellar creative team with Steven Spielberg serving as director and executive producer, “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” scribe Melissa Mathison writing the screenplay and John Williams composing the score. Despite mostly warm reviews, the movie tanked at the box office, but it deserves a second look. Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”) provides his voice and motion-capture performance in the title role of a benign giant who teams with an orphan (Ruby Barnhill) to stop an invasion of man-eating giants.


2

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

8 p.m. ET on HBO – Premiere

Ultimately something of a box-office disappointment, this 2019 superhero film — which concluded 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men” movie series — still earned generally warm reviews for its large ensemble cast, much of which returned to familiar characters. The story follows the team of mutants as they struggle to deal with the Phoenix, a dark entity that is unleashed after Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) is struck by a massive blast of energy during a space rescue mission. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult also star.


3

Hampstead

9 p.m. ET on SHOWTIME – Premiere

Diane Keaton and Irish actor Brendan Gleeson make something of an odd couple in this sweet-natured 2017 romantic comedy loosely based on a true story. Gleeson stars as Donald Horner, an eccentric who has spent the past 17 years illegally living in London’s vast Hampstead Heath park — and who ultimately decides to fight to assert ownership of his small patch of land, based on squatting laws. Keaton portrays a widow who befriends him. The fine supporting cast includes Lesley Manville, James Norton, Jason Watkins, Hugh Skinner and Phil Davis.


4

Underworld: Blood Wars

10:37 p.m. ET on SYFY

Ostracized by most of the vampires and the Lycans, death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) teams up with two of her few remaining allies on a quest to stop once and for all this endless cycle of violence between the two factions in this fifth installment of the action-horror franchise. Theo James, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies and Bradley James also star in the 2016 film, which marked the directorial debut of Anna Foerster.

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