Review: Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass is the latest from writer and director Mike Flanagan. Like his two successful series before this one – The Haunting of Bly Manor and The Haunting of Hill House – this series is a foray into horror. I didn’t think Midnight Mass was as good as the first two. You’ll find the series on Netflix. Minor spoilers ahead, folks.

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Review: On the Verge, women in mid-life

On the Verge tells the story of four women friends in their 40s who are in various stages of life crisis and change – all of it happening just before the coronavirus pandemic hits. Julie Delpy created and co-wrote the series along with co-star Alexia Landeau. Delpy directed 5 of the 12 episodes in this Netflix series.

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Nine Perfect Strangers: mystery and drama at a health resort

Nine Perfect Strangers is a complex series full of characters with secrets to reveal and surprises for the viewer. The series is from a novel by Liane Moriarty, who also wrote Big Little Lies. Moriarty is a master at taking a large cast of characters and putting them through various trials that slowly chip away at the secrets behind the story. This series is on Hulu

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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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Review: Sex Education, season 3 remains outstanding

Sex Education, which has consistently been one of the best things on television, maintains its top shelf status in season 3. The series, created and written by Laurie Nunn, is about students in an English school and the array of adults around them.

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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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Behind the Attraction, a Disney documentary series

Behind the Attraction tells the history of 10 Disney attractions. Their history, their creation, the artists and engineers who worked on them, and how they were built. If you’ve been to even one Disneyland location, you can’t help but be fascinated by the creativity and inventiveness that went into making them.

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AlRawabi School for Girls, bullies, power, and mistakes

AlRawabi School for Girls brings drama from a girls’ high school in Amman, Jordan to Netflix. Thematically it deals with bullying and retribution. It’s packed with mean girl tropes, but grows more nuanced as the episodes progress.

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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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