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This fan­tas­tic crime drama an­thol­ogy re­turns for a third in­stal­ment, this time star­ring Os­car-win­ner Ma­her­shala Ali. He plays Wayne Hays, a Viet­nam War veteran turned po­lice detective who is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of two chil­dren in a town in north­west Arkansas. It is set in three time­lines: Novem­ber 1980, when the crime took place; 1990, when a con­vic­tion has been over­turned and other new in­for­ma­tion sur­faced; and ap­prox­i­mately the present day, when Hays is be­ing in­ter­viewed for a true crime doc­u­men­tary about the case, but is suffering from symp­toms of de­men­tia. Af­ter be­ing of­fered a supporting role, Ali re­port­edly con­vinced cre­ator Nic Piz­zo­latto to re­cast him in the lead role, which was orig­i­nally writ­ten for a white char­ac­ter. Don’t miss it. Af­ter the suc­cess of the doc­u­men­tary and drama mashup Mars, Nat Geo re­turns with the tale of how the in­ter­net changed Sil­i­con Val­ley and the world in Val­ley of the Boom (no doubt a clum­sily worded play on the novel Val­ley of the Dolls and its sub­se­quent adap­ta­tions). It tells the sto­ries of Netscape, TheGlobe.com and Pix­elon, com­pa­nies whose vi­sions pre­saged many of the tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices we take for granted to­day. It is cre­ated by Matthew Car­na­han ( House of Lies), and stars Bradley Whit­ford ( The West Wing), Lamorne Mor­ris ( New Girl) and Steve Zahn as the as­ton­ish­ingly odd Michael Fenne. Tidy­ing up with Marie Kondo Stream­ing on Netflix If you have missed the Ja­panese tidy­ing up ma­nia of the past half-decade sparked by Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Chang­ing Magic of Tidy­ing Up, you are in for a treat with this Amer­i­can self-help lifestyle se­ries. Kondo’s cen­tral no­tion is gath­er­ing all be­long­ings to­gether, slowly Tidy­ing Up with Marie Kondo con­tem­plat­ing them, and only keep­ing them if they “spark joy”. The tech­nique has been spoofed in pop­u­lar cul­ture from the Gil­more Girls re­boot (where Kelly Bishop’s Emily threw out the bulk of her pos­ses­sions) to The New Yorker car­toon which fea­tured a masked bur­glar hold­ing up items and ask­ing if they spark joy be­fore steal­ing them. Here, the charm­ing Kondo vis­its fam­i­lies who are not ex­actly hoard­ers, but who all def­i­nitely need a kick­start sort­ing out their pos­ses­sions and re­claim­ing liv­ing spa­ces. Avengers: In­fin­ity War (Tuesday, 8.30pm, Premiere) makes its Foxtel de­but this week, the 19th film in the Marvel Cine­matic Uni­verse, and the one in which Thanos (Josh Brolin) re­ally lets rip with his de­mented the­o­ries on over­pop­u­la­tion. Di­rected by the Russo broth­ers ( Com­mu­nity), it stars the who’s who of Marvel char­ac­ters, at least at the start of the film. The se­quel Avengers: Endgame is due out in April, and var­i­ous in­ter­net sleuths have de­ter­mined that ba­si­cally all our favourite char­ac­ters from In­fin­ity War will mirac­u­lously re­turn. For a movie al­most to­tally de­void of di­a­logue, A Quiet Place (Saturday, 8.30pm, Premiere) doesn’t feel as long as one might ini­tially fear. (The ac­tual run time is a mod­est 90min.) Star­ring Emily Blunt and John Krasin­ski, it fea­tures a world in­fested by killer aliens with su­per hear­ing. With HBO’s TV adap­ta­tion of the comic book se­ries Watch­men com­ing this year, check out 2009’s film ver­sion of the same name (Saturday, 8.30pm, Ac­tion). I still re­call peo­ple laugh­ing out loud in the cin­ema dur­ing a scene fea­tur­ing su­per­heroes cop­u­lat­ing in­side a fly­ing ve­hi­cle. The oth­er­wise ter­rific film stars Malin Ak­er­man, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Carla Gug­ino and Pa­trick Wil­son.

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