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The Myth of Keeping Your Children Safe (Series Review: “Safe”)

A suspenseful 8-episode British thriller about a bereaved widower whose teenage daughter goes missing. Suddenly everyone’s a suspect in his upscale gated community where no one’s who they seem to be. Continue Reading →


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I’m Here Now ( Documentary Review: “End Game”)

A contemplative and elegiac documentary that celebrates life through the lens of palliative care . . . a surprisingly uplifting experience shared by patients, their families and the care-givers who shepherd their last journey together. Continue Reading →


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Those Nice, Bright Colors (Film Review: “Kodachrome”)

In Netflix’s new Kodachrome, Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen shine in a moving road trip movie about an estranged father and son as they face the fractured images of a broken past to see if there’s something worth salvaging between them, after all. Continue Reading →


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Oh Brother Where Art Thou? (Series Review: “The Five”)

A missing boy presumed dead for 20 years shows up at a murder scene – his DNA, that is – setting in motion a jigsaw puzzle of clues and the reunion of childhood friends whose lives were derailed by the mystery. You’ll be taking notes to navigate this intricate 10-part British crime thriller. Continue Reading →


Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner appear in Wind River by Taylor Sheridan, an official selection of the Premieres program at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. © 2016 Sundance Institute.

No ‘Call for Backup’ on the Reservation (Film Review: “Wind River”)

A tense thriller set in the wintry hinterland of a Wyoming Indian reservation, Wind River is as compelling a crime story as it is a somber reflection on the ruptured culture of a misplaced people. Continue Reading →


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From Paris to NYC by way of Morocco (Standup Comedy Special: “Gad Elmaleh: American Dream”)

A national treasure in France, Gad Elmaleh proves that his humor extends beyond the provenance of baguettes and pastries as he delves into the tricky terrain of the English language, joining other immigrant pioneers in search of The American Dream. Continue Reading →


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A Better Life on this Scepter’d Isle (Series Review: “Collateral”)

Carey Mulligan shines in a new, limited British crime series in which the cold-blooded murder of a Syrian pizza delivery man is only the first piece of a wider, more sinister plot which unfolds against a backdrop of political intrigue and anti-immigration anxiety. Continue Reading →