Oxygen, suspenseful sci-fi from France

Oxygen (Oxygène) is a sci-fi thriller from France. It’s a real nailbiter, full of tension and excitement. It’s essentially a one woman performance by Mélanie Laurent, who manages to convey every emotion while trapped in a big box. The film is streaming on Netflix.

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Those Who Wish Me Dead: Angelina Jolie brings thrills and perils

Those Who Wish Me Dead is a pretty standard adventure tale with peril piled upon peril for the hero to overcome. Except, in this story, it’s a heroine – actually two heroines – who save the day. It’s currently in theaters and on HBO Max. The spectacular fire scenes would be amazing on a big screen, if you’re ready to go back into a theater.

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Little Fish, a love story about losing it all

Little Fish is a science fiction story of love and loss in a pandemic. The film was finished before the COVID 19 pandemic began, and the timing was an accident. In Little Fish, the pandemic involves NIA (neuro inflammatory affliction), which creates memory loss. It’s on Prime Video and Hulu.

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Awkwafina is Nora from Queens grows on you

Awkwafina is Nora from Queens is a comedy series about Awkwafina’s own life from the time before she became well-known. It’s available on its home channel of Comedy Central and also on HBO Max, which is where I binge watched all 14 episodes of season 1.

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Pink Wall, a relationship in 6 moments

Pink Wall stars Tatiana Maslany and Jay Duplass in a relationship drama that uses 6 selected moments from 6 years in a couple’s life to tell their story. It’s available from Hulu, Prime, Tubi and possibly more streamers.

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Shrill, the final season, doesn’t feel like the end

Shrill, the Hulu series created by Aidy Bryant, Alexandra Rushfield, and Lindy West, doesn’t feel like it was meant to end when it did. The final scenes left us with more growth needed. Nevertheless, there was progress made in season 3 that made it a very satisfactory season.

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Blinded – Those Who Kill, season 2 (Den som dræber – Fanget af mørket)

The Danish thriller Blinded – Those Who Kill (Den som dræber – Fanget af mørket) is either the second season of Darkness – Those Who Kill or a spin off of that series. The main character, a police profiler, is the same. Everything else is new. The series is streaming on Acorn TV beginning May 10.

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Shiva Baby, dark comedy about the mortifications of love

Shiva Baby, available to buy or rent on Prime Video, is a comedic look at how one misunderstood woman survives a shiva. Rachel Sennott stars as Danielle, trapped in a house with a nosy, gossipy, group of Jewish mourners.

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Home, a documentary series about experimental living spaces

Home, on Apple TV+ is a series about experimental ways of building homes and community spaces. Each of the homes highlighted in the 9 episodes encompass ideas that could benefit many others, save resources, and improve the environment.

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The weekly watch on HBO includes Mare of Easttown and The Nevers

I’m realizing that I like binge watching something from start to finish. Waiting a week for a new episode of something I want to see is mildly annoying. Are you like that, too?

Lately I’ve been devoted to two such shows on HBO: Mare of Easttown and The Nevers. Both release new episodes on Sundays. Their seasons are about midway through and worthy of a few words.

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