What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’ and ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’
ASK DR. RUTH (2019) Stream on Hulu. When everyone else treated sex and female sexuality as a dirty secret, Dr. Ruth Westheimer was bringing it center stage. In the 1980s, the sex therapist was everywhere — on late-night TV, on the radio and on morning talk shows. This documentary, directed by Ryan White, follows Dr. Ruth continuing her career even as she approaches her 90th birthday. The film also delves into her past as a Holocaust survivor and explores how she paved the way for a sexual revolution. In her New York Times review, Jeannette Catsoulis wrote that the documentary “feels more like an encomium than a thoughtful probe of a brilliantly mutinous mind.”
THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976) Stream on The Criterion Channel. In this film based on the book by Walter Tevis, David Bowie plays Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien who goes to Earth on a quest to find water to save his planet. With assistance from a lawyer played by Buck Henry, Newton invents a way to transport water home. But his efforts are interrupted when he falls in love with a hotel clerk played by Candy Clark and when the United States government comes asking questions.
OH, RAMONA! (2019) Stream on Netflix. Another coming-of-age rom-com is arriving on Netflix. The film, directed by Cristina Jacob, follows Andrei, an awkward 16-year-old who is infatuated with his classmate Ramona. But things get complicated when he meets Anemona, a beautiful hotel clerk, while on a family vacation.
BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE (2018) 8 p.m. on HBO; stream on HBO platforms. Given the film’s ominous title, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the characters don’t have an easy go of it at the El Royale, a rundown hotel on the border of Nevada and California. The film is stacked with stars, including Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Cynthia Erivo and Chris Hemsworth, and follows seven strangers — most of whom have a secret — over the course of one stormy night. Written and directed by Drew Goddard, also known for “The Martian,” the film received mixed reaction. In her review for The Times, Manohla Dargis wrote, “Goddard keeps everything smoothly, ebbing and flowing as the characters separate and join together, but at some point during this logy 2-hour-and-21-minute exercise you want something more substantial than even Hemsworth’s admittedly mesmerizing snaky hips.”
STANLEY CUP FINALS: GAME 3 8 p.m. on NBCSN. The St. Louis Blues go to Boston to face off the Bruins in the third game of the series. This is the first time the Blues have made it to the final round since 1970, when the team went three straight years in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins last won the Stanley Cup in 2011, defeating the Vancouver Canucks.