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What’s on TV Thursday: ‘Why Women Kill’ and a Pair of Batmen


WHY WOMEN KILL Stream on CBS All Access. Three women are driven away from matrimonial delight and toward murder in this new series, a brainchild of the “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry. The show casts Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as women who each live in a different decade — the ’60s, the ’80s and present day — and with three different unfaithful husbands (played by Jack Davenport, Sam Jaeger and Reid Scott) who are various shades of slob.

BOYHOOD (2014) Stream on Netflix; Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. The director Richard Linklater is back in theaters this weekend with “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” a blend of drama, comedy and mystery starring Cate Blanchett. His 2014 feature, “Boyhood,” also resists easy characterization. The “coming-of-age drama” label could be used, but it wouldn’t quite communicate the scope of the movie. Shot over 12 years, the story centers on Mason (Ellar Coltrane), a Texas boy who is 6 when the movie starts and 18 by the time it finishes. Mason deals with the various struggles of youth while his mother, Olivia (Patricia Arquette), pushes against more adult problems (work and men). Sometimes, his muscle-car-driving absentee father, Mason Sr. (Ethan Hawke), scoops up Mason and his sister (Lorelei Linklater) for a day out. Mostly, the movie just rumbles along at a speed that approximates the pace of life. “Radical in its conceit, familiar in its everyday details, ‘Boyhood’ exists at the juncture of classical cinema and the modern art film without being slavishly indebted to either tradition,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The New York Times. “It’s a model of cinematic realism, and its pleasures are obvious yet mysterious.”

JUSTICE LEAGUE (2017) 5:55 p.m. on HBO2. Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill’s Superman and more muscular DC Comics heroes punch and pow in this extravagant super-adventure. The script involves Atlantis and resurrection. The resulting movie “shows a series that’s still finding its footing as well as characters who, though perhaps not yet as ostensibly multidimensional as Marvel’s, may be more enduring (and golden),” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The Times. “It has justice, and it has banter. And while it could have used more hanging out, more breeziness, it is a start.”

DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) 8 p.m. on Paramount Network. Batman may have battled Superman in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (to highly questionable effectiveness), but it’ll be Batman vs. Batman Thursday night as Ben Affleck’s Batman in “Justice League” precedes Christian Bale’s portrayal of the same hero in “Dark Knight Rises.” The third and final entry in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy pits the wealthy caped crusader against the anarchist villain Bane (Tom Hardy). They’re joined by Anne Hathaway (as Selina Kyle, or Catwoman) and the swells of a Hans Zimmer score.


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