What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Annabelle: Creation’
What’s on TV
SUPERNATURAL 8 p.m. on CW. When the 14th season of this long-running fantasy series ended, three of its main characters — Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Castiel (Misha Collins) — were left standing in a graveyard, surrounded by zombies. So the fact that the new 15th season is also the show’s final one may not bode particularly well for them. That undead death trap was one element of an apocalypse set into motion; can the heroes fight it off, or will the end of “Supernatural” also mean the end of its world?
ANNABELLE: CREATION (2017) 8 p.m. on Syfy. When it comes to horror movies, no characters are necessarily safe. But if a character’s occupation is “doll maker,” chances are high that he or she is going to get a pretty close look at the evil at hand. Such is the case for Samuel (Anthony LaPaglia), the doll maker in this movie, which takes place in the 1940s. Years after the death of their only daughter, Samuel and his wife, Esther (Miranda Otto), have agreed to take in a young nun and a group of girls who have been forced out of their orphanage. As this is a prequel to the 2014 killer-doll movie “Annabelle” (itself a spinoff of “The Conjuring”), that generosity does not beget happy results. The film’s director, David F. Sandberg, “proves a master of the flash-scare, a nifty choreographer of precipitous timing and striptease visuals,” Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in her review for The New York Times. “But he’s also adroit with more leisurely horrors, like the snap-crackle-pop of the murderous shade flexing for the kill, or the slow animation of a sacklike scarecrow into a toothy obscenity.”
BIG MOUTH Stream on Netflix. Andrew Goldberg (“Family Guy”) and Nick Kroll’s lavishly filthy, proudly off-center animated series about a collection of suburban monsters and pubescent teenagers is back for a third season. The show’s characters are voiced by a cadre of comics, including Kroll, John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jordan Peele, Jessi Klein, Fred Armisen and Jenny Slate; its hilariously cringey moments are many.
MEGAN LEAVEY (2017) Stream on Hulu; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. A human-animal relationship is formed on the battlefield in this biographical drama from the director Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Based on a true story, the film stars Kate Mara as a young woman who joins the Marines near the beginning of the Iraq war. She eventually becomes the handler of a bomb-sniffing dog, with whom she forms a close connection. The movie portrays “a somewhat idealized view of military service, especially for women,” Neil Genzlinger wrote in his review for The Times. “But the war isn’t really the point here; the relationship between a woman and a dog is.” He wrote that the movie tells a remarkable true story “with a minimum of manufactured sentiment.”
Gabe Cohn writes about television, fine art, film and other topics related to culture and the arts. He joined The Times in 2017.
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