The Night Agent: top notch action thriller
The Night Agent is a well-written, action packed thriller about spies and traitors within the American government. The hero in the story is surrounded by a group of strong, smart women. The story begins with Peter (Gabriel Basso) saving a subway car full of passengers from a bomb.
After Love, quiet drama of loss and pain
When I saw that After Love had earned actress Joanna Scanlan a BAFTA for Best Leading Actress in 2022, I had to take a look at it. The story involves a new widow and her discoveries about her husband’s secret life. This is the kind of movie that isn’t meant for you to enjoy, so […]
Heathers: has this 1988 classic passed its ‘use by’ date?
Heathers has been a cult classic for 35 years. It’s about killing off the mean girls and bullies who make high school life a nightmare. Is it still possible to watch it without thinking of how many American kids head for school every day knowing it might be the day they die?
Class of ’07, Australian apocalypse comedy
Class of ’07 involves a 10 year reunion at an all girls school during a time of worldwide climate disaster that threatened their survival. None of the women, now about 28 years old, was able to act like a grown-up long enough to do anything useful about their situation.
Daisy Jones and the Six: A slice of ’70s and ’80s rock and roll
Daisy Jones and the Six tells the history of a rock and roll band from its beginnings in the 1970s to its rise to the top in the 1980s. The band loosely resembles Fleetwood Mac and the sound is often eerily reminiscent of them.
The Devil to Pay, time for a reckoning
The Devil to Pay, set in the isolated world of the Appalachian mountains, tells a powerful story of retribution. Danielle Deadwyler leads the cast in this tense and atmospheric tale of long term feuds, unwritten laws, betrayal, and liberation.
The Empress: love, marriage, and palace intrigue
The Empress, a German series, tells the story of the love match between Austrian emperor Franz Joseph and Elisabeth von Wittelsbach. Elisabeth married Franz because she wanted to be his wife, not because she wanted to be an empress. That was a source of plenty of trouble.
Keep Breathing, Melissa Barrera does it all
Keep Breathing, a limited series, is partly exciting suspense in a survival story, partly finding your true self at a perilous moment, and partly ridiculous plot devices. The story is uneven in the extreme, but Melissa Barrera takes full advantage of her character to show her range and talent.
Boston Strangler: the reason you’ve heard of him
Everyone has heard of the Boston Strangler. It’s a famous case. Notorious. But did you know it was two women reporters, Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole, who broke the story and connected the dots between a series of murders the police hadn’t tied together? This is their story.
Unprisoned, a father/daughter relationship
Unprisoned examines the complex relationship between a father and daughter. A terrific cast led by Kerry Washington and Delroy Lindo polish this series to a deep, meaningful shine. The series was created by Tracy McMillan, based loosely on her own life.