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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘The Purge’ and ‘Call the Midwife’

Category: Art & Culture,Arts

Watch a new episode of “The Purge” on USA and catch Season 7 of “Call the Midwife” on Netflix.

What’s on TV

THE PURGE 10 p.m. on USA. In the latest episode of this new series adaptation of James DeMonaco’s horror-film franchise, Jane (Amanda Warren) considers the morality of the purge as that annual 12-hour frenzy approaches. The series, which also stars Lee Tergesen and Jessica Garza, “dials back both the social commentary and the splatter-happy action and violence from their cinematic levels,” the critic Mike Hale wrote in his review for The New York Times.

THE GREAT AMERICAN READ 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Meredith Vieira leads this exploration of literature, authors and the avid fans of some of America’s best-loved books. A survey of 7,000 people led to an initial list of 100 books, including Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist,” Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Appearing with Ms. Vieira will be guests including George R. R. Martin, Cynthia Nixon and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

What’s Streaming

CALL THE MIDWIFE on Netflix. The cast of “Call the Midwife” has changed since its inception, as actresses have gone on to other projects. In Season 7, Leonie Elliott joins the show as Lucille Anderson, the first West Indian midwife featured as a series regular. Jeannette Catsoulis praised an earlier season, in her review for The Times, for its “generosity of spirit and unwillingness to condemn.” In this season, the nuns and midwives of Nonnatus House will deal with leprosy, stroke, more complicated pregnancies and other ailments afflicting the people of Poplar. The show is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth.

AUGUST RUSH (2007) on Netflix. Directed by Kirsten Sheridan, this film is, in the vein of “Annie,” about an optimistic orphan who just knows his parents are out there looking for him. In this case, the orphan (Freddie Highmore) just happens to be a musical prodigy, and it is music that will reunite him with his star-crossed parents (Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

COCO (2017) on Netflix. With this film, A. O. Scott pointed out in his review in The Times, Pixar “has set out to make a family-friendly cartoon about death.” Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) just wants to be a musician, but a long-ago betrayal has set his family against music, and he is forbidden from playing. A journey to the world of the dead on Día de los Muertos gives Miguel the opportunity to uncover an intergenerational misunderstanding. Directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, the film pays homage to the Mexican, and specifically Oaxacan, traditions of Día de los Muertos. As with most Pixar movies, there is technical prowess to admire as well. Mr. Scott noted, “There are moments of cinematic rigor — when the animators mimic the movements and focal effects of an old-fashioned camera in actual physical space — that will warm any film-geek’s heart.”

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