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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Baby Driver’ and ‘Short Term 12’

Category: Art & Culture,Arts

The heist film of last summer airs on Showtime. And “Short Term 12,” with a young Lakeith Stanfield, is streaming on Amazon.

What’s on TV

BABY DRIVER (2017) 10 p.m. on Showtime. Edgar Wright’s meticulous heist film is the kind that has a car chase before you’ve learned the names of its main characters. Ansel Elgort stars as Baby, a quiet getaway driver who finds a home remedy for severe tinnitus (buzzing in the ears) in headphones connected to retro iPods, the rhythms of which provide both the soundtrack to the film and ample opportunity for Mr. Wright to flaunt his directorial flow. In her review for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis wrote that the film is “a pop pastiche par excellence, crammed with cubistic action; glowering and golly-gee types (played by the seductive likes of Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Eiza González and Lily James); and an encyclopedia of cinematic allusions, all basted in wall-to-wall tuneage.”

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (2012) 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on FX. All father-daughter relationships are unique, especially when the father is Dracula and the daughter is 118 years old. That’s the pairing in this animated film, with Selena Gomez voicing Mavis, the “young” daughter to Adam Sandler’s even more ancient Dracula. Matters are further complicated when a young, mortal suitor (Andy Samberg) enters the mix. Watch the original ahead of its second sequel, “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” which, in a review for The Times, the critic Glenn Kenny’s 8-year-old companion called “the best movie ever made.” (Mr. Kenny himself was less enthusiastic.)

WHIP IT (2009) 7 p.m. on HBO Signature. This movie, representing Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, stars Ellen Page as a Texas teenager who rejects her mother’s beauty-pageant dreams in favor of roller derbies.

MAMMA MIA! (2008) 8:30 on NBC. If Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth starring in a film adaptation of a musical featuring songs by Abba sounds like an attractive prospect, you’ve probably already seen “Mamma Mia!” Well, here’s an opportunity to revisit it in time for the sequel, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” out later this month. In his review of the original for The Times, A. O. Scott wrote that “you can have a perfectly nice time watching this spirited adaptation of the popular stage musical and, once the hangover wears off, acknowledge just how bad it is.”

What’s Streaming

SHORT TERM 12 (2013) on Amazon. When the director Destin Daniel Cretton secured financing to turn his master’s thesis, “Short Term 12,” into a feature, he recast actors in every role except one: that of a 17-year-old in the film’s central group home played by Lakeith Stanfield. He’s joined by Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr., two seasoned workers in the home, and Rami Malek as a third, comically green staff member. “Even as the gathering melodramatic storms threaten to swamp this pungent slice of life, Mr. Cretton manages to earn your tears honestly,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The Times.


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