BRIDESMAIDS (EXTENDED VERSION) (2011) Stream on HBO. Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. Paul Feig directs as Kristen Wiig stars as Annie, the disastrous maid of honor for the wedding of her lifelong friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph). The movie, written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo, follows the chaotic gaggle of bridesmaids through the ups and downs of matrimonial rites of passage — dress fittings, bachelorette parties, bridal showers — and twists each ritual into a new catastrophe. As Manohla Dargis wrote of “Bridesmaids” in her Times review, “Ms. Wiig and Ms. Mumolo want to make you giggle and snort — but they get at the layers of insanity in weddings as well as the joys.”
IT COMES AT NIGHT (2017) Stream on Netflix. Rent on Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. The second movie written and directed by Trey Edward Shults, “It Comes at Night” focuses on two families who are forced to share a home in a bleak and desperate world. A.O. Scott wrote in his Times review that though the initial premise — of post-apocalyptic survival — is one we’ve seen before, the true horror in this film lies in Shults’s ability to build dread and refresh classic scary-movie tropes. You may not want to watch this one alone, though. “What happens is both shocking and, in retrospect, brutally inevitable,” Scott wrote. “‘It Comes at Night’ is pretty terrifying to sit through, but it may be even scarier after it’s over, when you sift through what you’ve seen and try to piece together what it may have meant.”
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE (2010) Stream on Hulu. Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. John Travolta plays the remarkably bald Special Agent Charlie Wax in this action-packed thriller, running amok as a C.I.A. agent on assignment in the City of Light. As Stephen Holden wrote in his review for The Times, the director Pierre Morel’s follow-up to “Taken” is “really a one-sided buddy movie in which a leather-clad Mr. Travolta, with a shaved head and an earring, camps it up in the Vin Diesel supermacho style.” Though Holden wasn’t particularly inspired by the film, he did go on to say that “this empty-headed, preposterous, possibly evil mélange of gunplay and high-speed car chases on Parisian boulevards is a feel-good movie that produces a buzz.”
What’s on TV
HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP 9 p.m. on Food Network. As the sixth season of the Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” heats up, the host Jesse Palmer challenges the five remaining bakers to create desserts that are inspired by and look like Santa Claus. To secure a place in the final four, the bakers must also create impressive cakes that look like another icy North Pole staple: an igloo. It’s up to the judges, Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale, to decide which bakers move on to the next round and which one goes home.