GREAT PERFORMANCES: LEONARD BERNSTEIN MASS Stream on PBS.org. Classical music, musical theater, rock and blues (and don’t forget the marching band) all factor into Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass,” a sonic hodgepodge that first premiered in 1971. The piece mixes lyrics by the “Godspell” creator Stephen Schwartz with passages of the Latin mass liturgy. It was applauded by some and criticized by others when it debuted — and has been argued over ever since. This recorded production with the baritone Paulo Szot and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop offers a chance for listeners to make up their own minds on whether the piece is innovative or abrasive (or both).
TRIAL BY FIRE (2019) Stream on Amazon and Hulu; rent on Amazon and iTunes. “I believe the State of Texas is about to kill an innocent man,” Elizabeth Gilbert (Laura Dern), says in a trailer for this drama. Her crusade to prevent that is at the center of the film. Directed by Edward Zwick (“Glory”) from a script by Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”), the movie is built around the real-life case of Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O’Connell), who was found guilty of killing his three daughters by arson in the early 1990s, then executed in 2004 — despite evidence that he was innocent. That saga and its aftermath was covered in a New Yorker article by David Grann that provided the basis for this movie. “Expertly acted throughout — Jack O’Connell does his level best to make Willingham more than the standard-issue Hollywood Complex Roughneck, while Laura Dern, as a prison pen pal who becomes a defense ally, is a reliably elevating presence — the movie’s raw facts are sufficient to rouse viewer indignation,” Glenn Kenny wrote in his review for The New York Times. “But the material arguably calls for a more proactively provocative approach.”
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE (1993) Stream on Criterion Channel; rent on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu and YouTube. We won’t see a new Martin Scorsese movie until 2021, when Scorsese’s David Grann adaptation, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” is slated for release. In the meantime, Scorsese devotees can revisit another of his book adaptations. “The Age of Innocence,” based on the Edith Wharton novel, cast Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder in a satirical story of love among the upper crust of 19th-century New York City — a world of white gloves, horse-drawn carriages and chandeliers. In other words: It’s a far cry from the New Yorks of “Taxi Driver” or “Goodfellas.” In his review for The Times in 1993, Vincent Canby called the movie “a robust gamble that pays off.”
What’s on TV
CELEBRITY ESCAPE ROOM 8 p.m. on NBC. Four funny people — Ben Stiller, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Scott — work together to solve an escape room puzzle in this special, part of a night of programming that supports the fund-raising campaign Red Nose Day. Jack Black hosts.