The Courier: Nail-biting Cold War drama

The Courier is based on a true story about the Cuban Missile Crisis of the early 1960s that almost ended in nuclear war between America and the Soviet Union. Even though I lived through that time and was glued to the news about it, this is a part of the story I never knew. The film is on Prime Video.

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Review: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a musical fantasy based on a true story. It was first a stage play, now adapted for film. The story is about a young English lad who dreamed of becoming a drag queen. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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The Killing of Two Lovers: Is Sepideh Moafi worth it?

The Killing of Two Lovers stars Sepideh Moafi, which is why I wanted to see it. The film about a separation between the parents of four children is told from the husband David’s (Clayne Crawford) point of view. It’s streaming on Hulu.

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Worth takes an agonizing look at the value of a life

I watched Worth on the evening the 20th anniversary of 9/11. On such a day of remembrance, the film felt emotionally raw to me, especially the stories from the people who suffered losses that day. Sara Colangelo directed this film, now on Netflix.

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Kate: Oh dear, are you bleeding?

Kate, trained assassin, knows how to do little more than kill people. When someone poisons her and she realizes it’s her last day on earth, naturally she kills more people in revenge. This bloody action thriller is on Netflix.

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Level 16, obedience won’t save you

Level 16 is the last step before the girls in the boarding school where they’ve lived all their lives graduate to placements with good families. This independent Canadian drama is a mix of sci-fi and horror. Danishka Esterhazy wrote and directed the drama, which you can see on Netflix.

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Colewell, a quiet character study

Colewell is a lovely, meditative film starring Karen Allen. Although I label it a good film, I think it will appeal to a very narrow audience. Karen Allen gives a terrific performance as the postmistress of a small town. The film is on Showtime.

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Cinderella, find your dream and make it real

Cinderella has a glass slipper and a fancy ball. It also has pop music, rap, dance numbers, an inclusive cast, and a nonbinary fabulous godmother. The dominant message is to be true to yourself and live your passion – a theme that applies to both the women and the men in this reworked version of the old tale.

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Review: No Ordinary Love

No Ordinary Love is a powerful independent film about two abusive marriages. This realistic look at spousal abuse is available on Prime Video for a rental fee. The film was written and directed by Chyna Robinson.

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Carmen and Lola, Roma romance from Spain

Carmen and Lola (Carmen y Lola) is a Spanish language story of two young Roma women who fall in love. It’s the first film of this kind. Arantxa Echevarría wrote and directed this tale of lesbian love amid traditional patriarchal values. I found the film on HBO Max.

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