Terrence Howard plays a Memphis pimp with dreams in “Hustle & Flow.” And “Le Havre” sings a French immigrant song.
What’s On TV
HUSTLE & FLOW (2005) 7 p.m. on BET. The rap group Three 6 Mafia won an Academy Award for best original song for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” written for this film where Terrence Howard plays a Memphis hustler with ambitions of becoming a professional rapper. In his 2005 review for The New York Times, A. O. Scott wrote that the film “illustrates the contradictions and distortions that define contemporary popular culture,” and that it “depicts — and inhabits — a world in which the only sure determinants of value are money and fame, but that still holds onto sentimental notions of authenticity and regionalism.”
DOG AND BETH: FIGHT OF THEIR LIVES 9 p.m. on A&E. This two-hour special follows Duane Chapman (also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter) and his wife, Beth, as Ms. Chapman battles cancer. In a trailer for the program, Mr. Chapman says, defiantly: “That cancer picked on the wrong woman.”
METH STORM (2017) 10 p.m. on HBO. A new documentary about drugs in America by the documentarians Brent and Craig Renaud, who, in addition to having won a Peabody Award, earned a 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for The New York Times with their short film about earthquake survivors in Haiti. Here they interview people struggling with methamphetamine addiction in a community in rural Arkansas. The film also follows police officers and D.E.A. agents working to stop the spread of the drug.
LE HAVRE (2011) on iTunes and Amazon. This film, written and directed by the Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismaki, takes place in the French port city for which it is named. After arriving there, a young African refugee (Blondin Miguel) meets a local shoe shiner (André Wilms), who befriends him and helps keep him hidden from the authorities. Reviewing the film for The Times, A. O. Scott wrote that Kaurismaki “does not rub our faces in hardship. Figuring that we already know something about how harsh life can be, he reminds us of its modest charms and fleeting beauties, and of how easy it is, in the face of cruelty, to behave decently.” The film is in French, with English subtitles.
BROOKLYN (2015) on iTunes and Amazon. Saoirse Ronan plays a young Irish immigrant who finds love in 1950s Brooklyn. That love is felt both for a young man played by Emory Cohen and for the borough itself, though neither courtship is exactly smooth, and Ms. Ronan’s character eventually has to choose between her old and new homes — and lives. The film, based on the novel by Colm Toibin, takes place in Ireland and New York City.