Madame Claude, the rise and fall of a notorious French madame

Madame Claude is a biopic about the famous Fernande Grudet, known professionally as Madame Claude. Set mostly in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the film details Claude’s business, her influence, and her ‘family’ of women. It’s streaming on Netflix.

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Shadow in the Cloud lives in a category all its own

Shadow in the Cloud is the most ridiculous, unbelievable, crazy movie ever made. It’s like a parody of a bad joke. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen and I loved it. It’s so bad, it’s good. You can rent it on Prime Video.

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Tina: electrifying talent from Tina Turner

Tina, the biographical story of Tina Turner streaming on HBO Max, teems with electrifying performances showing how and why she reached the status of rock and roll icon.

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South Mountain explores a changing life

South Mountain, written and directed by Hilary Brougher, examines a few months in a woman’s life when things change under her and out of her control. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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Sentinelle, a revenge action thriller from France

Sentinelle is a standard issue violent revenge flick. The only difference between this and most revenge stories is the main character is a woman. The film is mostly in French and is streaming on Netflix. There are some spoilers in this review.

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Promising Young Woman, a revenge story like no other

Promising Young Woman is a brilliant new treatment of the revenge movie. It’s fresh and funny and barbed and full of heart. A masterwork. Written and directed by Emerald Fennell, the film is available to rent on Prime Video.

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Kid 90 explores the celebrity past of Soleil Moon Frye

Kid 90 is a nostalgic look at the 90’s from Punky Brewster star Soleil Moon Frye. Frye grew up among a group of famous kids in Hollywood. In her teens she recorded everything in diaries and on videotape. Her documentary using this material is streaming on Hulu.

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When They Left (Cuando Ellos Se Fueron)

When They Left (Cuando Ellos Se Fueron) is a documentary from Ecuador about a mountain hamlet where no one is left but some elderly widows. The film is available from the website as a DVD, but I don’t see it available on any streamers yet. It’s worth buying or keeping an eye out for it.

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Yes Day earns a big YES!

Yes Day is a family comedy that should bring a laugh and a smile to viewers of every age. This brightly colored romp is streaming on Netflix.

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The Sense of Wonder (Le goût des merveilles) is a sweet French film

The Sense of Wonder (Le goût des merveilles) is a sweet story about a struggling mom of two, Louise (Virginie Efira), and a neurodivergent man she accidentally hits with her car. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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