HOMECOMING Stream on Amazon. In the new, second season of this thriller series, a woman wakes up in a rowboat. The woman, played by Janelle Monáe and introduced to viewers as Jackie, has amnesia. How she got in the boat is a mystery (as is everything else about her). So she sets out to investigate, in a search that comes to involve a fictional wellness company with a dark side. Her story’s connection to the previous season of the show — which starred Julia Roberts as a therapist with her own murky past — is a surprise. “We didn’t want to repeat the same tricks of Season 1,” Micah Bloomberg, one of the series’s creators and showrunners, said in a recent interview with The New York Times. “We wanted each season to come to a satisfying conclusion and then leave a trap door into the next one.”
ROCKETMAN (2020) Stream on Hulu. Taron Egerton throws on a bedazzled Dodgers uniform, a gold jacket, an arsenal of outlandish glasses and other impressively showy accouterments over the course of this Elton John biopic. Directed by Dexter Fletcher from a screenplay by Lee Hall, the film tracks the development of John’s onstage persona and his rise to fame — which comes close to derailment by drugs. “Fletcher sometimes overreaches, with respect to both spectacle and storytelling — the choreography can be as confusing as the timeline — but when it’s working ‘Rocketman’ has the earnest, extravagant energy of a Baz Luhrmann movie,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The Times. “That description is, in this context, very much a compliment, since Luhrmann-esque showmanship is just what you want in a movie about Elton John.”
THE PHOTOGRAPH (2020) Rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. In “The Lovebirds,” a romantic-comedy out on Netflix this weekend, Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani play characters in a struggling relationship. It’s Rae’s second big-movie romance of the year: “The Photograph,” which hit theaters in February, places Rae opposite Lakeith Stanfield in an old-fashioned love story about a New York museum curator, Mae (Rae), and a hotshot photographer, Michael (Stanfield). Their story involves both courtship and family secrets. The film was written and directed by Stella Meghie, who, Manohla Dargis wrote in her review for The Times, “understands that you want to see these two beautiful people get together, and she smoothly delivers on your own romantic (and romance genre) longings.”
AKA JANE ROE (2020) 9 p.m. on FX. This documentary about Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, debuts Friday night — but it has already made news. That’s because of what McCorvey refers to in the documentary as a “deathbed confession,” when she says that she supported the anti-abortion movement in the later years of her life only because she was paid to do so. As the movie shows, that revelation is just the latest twist in a life full of them.