Writer-director Brandon Cronenberg’s “Possessor” garners 3½ stars from Globe film critic Ty Burr, who calls it “a deeply unnerving day-after-tomorrow thriller in which horror acquires existential overtones to go with the gore.” The “phenomenal actress” Andrea Riseborough plays Tasya, an assassin whose “job — living inside another person’s body while preparing for the kill — has begun to have its downsides, and then some.”
If you’ve seen the baffling ads and wondered what Kevin Costner and Diane Lane were doing in a . . . road-trip movie? (with guns?), Burr answers in a three-star review: “Mostly ‘Let Him Go’ is about what would happen if ‘Death Wish’ were cast with the couple from ‘American Gothic.’ ” OK, then! Come for the violence and psychodrama, stay for Lesley Manville hamming it up “with extra mustard and an accent out of the bargain bin at Walmart.”
The documentary “Etched in Glass: The Legacy of Steve Ross” tells the story of the Holocaust survivor who helped change the face of downtown Boston. The founder of the New England Holocaust Memorial was a psychologist who worked with at-risk teens, “inspiring them with this example of the resilience of the human spirit and reminder of the depths of human evil,” writes Globe correspondent Peter Keough.
TV: Oh, dear. “The story setup is in place, the actors have their hapless characters down, they know how to work off one another, and then . . . 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . nothing,” Globe TV critic Matthew Gilbert says of “Moonbase 8.” Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly, and Tim Heidecker star as Earth-bound astronauts in the new Showtime series, which takes so long to get going that Gilbert deems the first six episodes “a season of warm-up.”
Scripted TV is always at a disadvantage during the week of a presidential election, and that’s true even when things wrap up before the polls close on the West Coast (ask your grandparents). Gilbert picks a cable news MVP by pressing the “previous channel” button and switching between CNN’s John King and MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki. “King, with his Dorchester roots, is the mastah of the Magic Wall, but MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki — who is from Groton, making Massachusetts the Magic Wall State — isn’t far behind him.”
The highest-profile debut of the week, regardless of what you think of Chuck Lorre, is “B Positive,” the latest from the prolific sitcom creator behind “The Big Bang Theory.” It stars Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and Annaleigh Ashford (who Gilbert says “was fantastic as Betty in ‘Masters of Sex’ ”) as high school classmates reunited when one turns out to be a compatible kidney donor for the other.
VISUAL ART: Artist Helen Meyrowitz, 92, is retiring as director of the Art Gallery at North Hill, which she founded — at her Needham retirement community. The exhibition “The Art of Helen Meyrowitz” marks the occasion. “[A]s