Luxor is slow and introspective

Luxor is a quiet and meditative journey through a few days with the main character, played by Andrea Riseborough. She’s spending a brief leave in Luxor, a place where she had a history years ago. The film is almost silent and very little in the way of action happens. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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Ride or Die – would you kill for your first crush?

Ride or Die, a Japanese production on Netflix, was a disappointment to me. I found the characters unformed and difficult to understand. The male gaze predominated whether we were watching a murder or lovemaking between two women.

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Pearl loses one parent and finds another

Pearl is a drama about a 15 year old girl who loses her mother and goes to live with a father she didn’t know she had. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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Just in Time, warmhearted family dramedy from Kenya

Just in Time, written and directed by Nigerian filmmaker Lowladee Omolola Adeleke, is a story of family and relationships set in Nairobi, Kenya. A few life-changing days bring a family together and tell a love story. You can watch it on Netflix.

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Made for Love: clever and barbed

Made for Love is a creative new series that looks at love, freedom, control, and privacy with a funny but pointed story. With 8 half hour episodes, it could be considered a comedy, but it brings some strong messages about modern life with it. It’s streaming on HBO.

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Proxima looks at women in space

Proxima tells the story of a woman astronaut who will spend a year on International Space Station. This film, from French writer and director Alice Winocour, is particularly focused on how this affects the astronaut’s relationship with her daughter. The film is streaming on Hulu.

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The Stand In: A meditation on fame and celebrity

The Stand In starring Drew Barrymore in two distinct roles examines the horrors and the benefits of being famous. It appears to be a comedy from the trailer, but it is definitely not funny.

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Unforgotten, season 4, keeps up the tradition of excellence

Unforgotten, the British police series about historical cases stays the course in season 4. The season aired in the UK, but no US streamer has it available yet. Both Prime Video and PBS will run this series eventually. I won’t reveal any big secrets here since it may be a bit of a wait for most people in the US to see season 4.

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Thunder Force is a fun bit of comedy

Thunder Force is another Melissa McCarthy comedy written and directed by her husband, Ben Falcone. It features a coherent plot, lots of silly jokes and references, some fun stunts and a cheerful, open-ended finish. Not great, but a fun romp when something light is what you need. It’s streaming on Netflix.

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Keeping Faith (S3, E1-5) where secrets are spilled

Keeping Faith is back with its 3rd and final season. It’s on Acorn TV in the U.S. The season begins with two episodes on April 12. Following that, new episodes will appear on Mondays through May 10.

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