Review: Archive 81, mystery and horror

Archive 81, from Netflix, is a mix of mystery, horror, and sci-fi. It keeps you puzzled and guessing until the end. We visit three different time periods as the story explores the veil between our world and a demonic world of witchcraft.

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Review: Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, K-drama with heart

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha brings a mostly heartwarming series from South Korea to Netflix. It’s the story of a dentist who moves to a small town on the coast and finds a new family there.

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5 Things I Loved about Eternals

Eternals is just another Marvel superhero story. Except it isn’t. It’s a little different and some of those differences really landed well with me. Here’s what I like about this Disney+ streamer.

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Review: Spencer with a terrific Kristen Stewart

Spencer makes it plain from the start that it isn’t telling a true story. That’s the only reassuring thing about this tale of psychological horror featuring Kristen Stewart as Diana, Princess of Wales. I rented it on Apple+, but I think it’s available elsewhere, too.

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Review: Respect with Jennifer Hudson

Respect is the second Aretha Franklin biopic I’ve seen. Although both cover many of the same events, this film is darker and grittier and stars Aretha’s own pick to play her: Jennifer Hudson. It’s available on Prime Video.

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Peacemaker, what we know so far

Peacemaker episodes 1-3 dropped on HBO Max the premier day, giving this spin off from The Suicide Squad a good beginning. James Gunn is responsible for both series. Both are over the top bonkers. Here’s what we learned in the first episodes.

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Review: Mixtape, a total delight

Mixtape takes us back to days right before Y2K threatened to upend everything. A young teen girl wants to get to know her parents by hearing every song on a mixtape she finds. When she tries to play the tape, it breaks. This charming film is on Netflix.

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Review: Mama Weed (La daronne)

Mama Weed (La daronne) stars Isabelle Huppert as a woman who translates from Arabic to French for the police. When she accidentally gets her hands on tons of weed her life takes a turn. This French comedy is on Prime Video. There are mild spoilers ahead.

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Review: Ms. White Light

Ms. White Light stars Roberta Colindrez as an odd woman who helps people let go of fear and accept their coming death. She’s great at this, but a failure at everything else in life. She has to carry crib notes about what to say to the families after the person passes. It’s on Prime Video, YouTube, and possibly other places.

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Review: Anxious People (Folk med ångest) from Sweden

Anxious People (Folk med ångest) from Sweden is a comedy, a mystery, and a heartfelt drama with themes of family, parenthood, and forgiveness. Its six episodes take less than 3 hours to play out, so it’s a perfect evening binge. It’s a Netflix series.

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