What’s on TV Thursday: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and ‘Wu Assassins’

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET (2013) 7:40 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. on FXM. Audiences will have to wait until the New York Film Festival opens in September to see “The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s much-hyped return to the gangster crime genre. For now, they can revisit this movie, the director’s lampooning of white-collar crime. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the real-life former stockbroker Jordan Belfort, seen here as the yacht-riding, wine-gulping figurehead of a brokerage firm whose lifestyle is fueled by fraud. Along with a partner played by Jonah Hill, he rides a roller coaster of bad form that culminates in a Quaalude-impaired Lamborghini ride. “From its opening sequence — a quick, nasty, unapologetic tour through its main character’s vices and compulsions, during which he crash-lands a helicopter on the grounds of his Long Island estate and (not simultaneously) shares cocaine with a call girl in an anatomically creative manner — to its raw, chaotic finish, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ hums with vulgar, voyeuristic energy,” A.O. Scott wrote in his review for The New York Times. “This movie may tire you out with its hammering, swaggering excess,” he added, “but it is never less than wide-awake.”

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1998) 10:45 p.m. on Showtime. A similar kind of addled excess (and, perhaps, fetishization of bad behavior) can be found in this movie, Terry Gilliam’s take on Hunter S. Thompson’s formative book of gonzo journalism. Johnny Depp stars opposite Benicio Del Toro in a hallucinatory spree through Sin City. Like “The Wolf of Wall Street,” its drugged-out sequences can inspire laugher and nausea in equal measure.

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