Three Holiday Movies get a quick review

Are you watching holiday movies now? They are hard to avoid. I found two new ones from 2021 and an older one of several holiday films starring Ali Liebert. Ali Liebert has an interesting history with holiday films. Check out A Gift for Christmas, A Castle for Christmas, and Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune.

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Review: Hanna, the final season

Hanna finishes up its exciting and suspense-filled run with a 6 episode third season on Prime Video. This series has been a top-notch, edge-of-your-seat thriller from start to finish. The ending was not so much happy as inevitable.

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Review: The Great, season 2, wild and raunchy

The Great, season 2, is improbable and ribald, with its mangled view of Russian history and its dumpster fire attitude toward the human race in general. Mixed in with the coarse vulgarity of its comedy are gems of wisdom about governing, love, equality, and women’s rights.

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Review: Bruised, Halle Berry directs

Bruised stars Halle Berry as an MMA fighter who struggles to get her life in a good place. Halle Berry directs the film, too, her first effort at directing. She does an excellent job at acting, directing, and fighting like a champ. The film is now on Netflix.

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Review: Hawkeye, episodes 1-2

Hawkeye with Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld joined the Marvel Universe with the release of the first two episodes of a six episode mini-series on Disney+. The first two episodes were the opening of the origin story as we learn how Kate Bishop becomes Hawkeye.

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Review: Violet, boldly original

Violet, from writer and first time director Justine Bateman, is a unique and daring approach to storytelling. It’s an often told tale about a woman struggling with the negative voices in her head. However, the film’s style is something you haven’t seen before. The performance from Olivia Munn as Violet makes it totally believable. The film is currently available on demand from several streamers.

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Review: King Richard, a man with a plan

King Richard tells the story of Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams. He planned to raise tennis champions – wrote out the whole thing – before his daughters were even born. All the world knows how his plan worked. This film takes you into the story in the beginning, up to the first pro match Venus played at 14. It’s streaming on HBO Max.

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Review: The Wheel of Time, episodes 1-3

The Wheel of Time is a fantasy series on Prime Video. Three episodes were released last Friday, with more to come on future Fridays. The first season is based on the first novel in a series by Robert Jordan, also called The Wheel of Time.

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Review: Dopesick

The Dopesick series on Hulu looks at the rise of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family from multiple points of view. Even though most of us are unhappily familiar with the opioid crisis, this series adds insider detail to the story. It slowly and meticulously examines every aspect of how one private company created an opioid epidemic affecting every corner of America.

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Review: Jungle Cruise, a fun fantasy

Jungle Cruise is finally free to anyone with a Disney+ subscription. So I watched it. The adventure tale was full of magic, fun, fantasy and a terrific Emily Blunt as the woman who made it all happen.

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