What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Togo’ and ‘The Witcher’


TOGO (2019) Stream on Disney Plus. Willem Dafoe throws on a fur coat and hat and takes to the snow-covered mountains in this adventure film, which has skipped theaters in favor of a debut on Disney’s new streaming service. The movie is based on the 1925 serum run, during which antitoxins were transported hundreds of miles by dog sled to fight a deadly disease outbreak in Nome, Alaska — in the middle of a brutal winter storm. It’s often associated with Balto, the dog that completed the run (and got a 1990s big-screen animated feature out of the deal). The new movie focuses on a different dog, Togo, and his trainer and musher (played by Dafoe). The story creates drama from a classic combination of heroism and harsh conditions. “It’s going to be bad,” Dafoe’s character says early in the film, sizing up the coming storm. How bad? “Memorable, I think.”

LORO (2019) Stream on Hulu; rent on Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and YouTube. The Italian director Paolo Sorrentino creates an excessive portrait of an unrestrained figure in this satirical drama, which casts Toni Servillo as the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. “In some ways Berlusconi, a media mogul and cruise-ship crooner in earlier phases of his career, a creature of appetite and excess, is Sorrentino’s ideal subject,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The New York Times. “But the overlap in their sensibilities turns ‘Loro’ into a blurry, distracted, sentimental portrait.”



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