Review: Virgin River, season 2

Virgin River, season 2, continues the romance begun so tentatively in season 1 between big city nurse Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack (Martin Henderson), the owner of a bar in the tiny California forest town of Virgin River. This series on Netflix is already renewed for a 3rd season.

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Review: The Undoing

The Undoing earns my praise with its fascinating mystery, its skillful trickery and misdirection, and its suspenseful and thrilling finale. Created by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier, this series on HBO Max is a masterclass in storytelling and direction.

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Review: Superintelligence

Superintelligence brings Melissa McCarthy to the center of an action comedy about the most average, ordinary person on earth. It’s streaming on HBO Max.

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Review: Ordinary Love

Ordinary Love falls into the category of movies for grownups with Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in the lead roles. They play husband and wife going through a year of treatment for the wife’s cancer.

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Review: Happiest Season

Director Clea DuVall wanted to make a classic holiday romcom with lesbian characters and I think she succeeded admirably in Happiest Season. This film will bring on the twinkly lights, the Santas, and the love and good cheer for many holiday seasons to come. You can see it on Hulu.

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Review: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey brings music and magic to the Christmas season. The entire family can enjoy this musical with its steampunk gadgets, Victorian costumes, stunning choreography, and a message about believing in yourself. You’ll find it on Netflix.

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Review: Run

Run is a thriller in which nobody runs. Newcomer Kiera Allen does wheel her wheelchair very fast a couple of times. Allen and a fabulous Sarah Paulson as her mother make up the majority of this tense drama. The film is streaming on Hulu.

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Review: 37 Seconds (37 sekanzu)

37 Seconds (37 sekanzu) is a Japanese language film about a 23 year old woman with cerebral palsy. It’s a beautiful film, one of the finest films of the year. I completely recommend it.

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Review: What We Wanted (Was wir wollten)

What We Wanted (Was wir wollten) from Austria is that country’s official entry as this year’s Oscar hopeful. With a woman director (Ulrike Kofler) and the attraction of an Austrian film – which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before – this one was a must watch for me.

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Review: I Am Greta

I Am Greta begins with Greta Thunberg sitting alone with a “School Strike for Climate” sign outside the Swedish Parliament. It ends several months later when Greta Thunberg was known and admired all over the world as a climate activist.

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