Review: The Christmas Edition, love and the news

The Christmas Edition is a holiday romance about a newspaper woman who finds her community in a small town very close to the North Pole. It is a Lifetime original, also on Prime Video.

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Review: Dream Horse, a true tale

Dream Horse is based on a true story about a race horse named Dream Alliance that was raised on a Welsh allotment by a syndicate of regular folks who knew nothing about race horses. It’s a feel good story of hope and triumph. You’ll find it on Hulu.

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Review: Head of the Class, season 1

The Head of the Class remake on HBO Max dropped the entire season 1 on the same day. I didn’t watch the original, so I had nothing to compare with this version. I found it very light-hearted and cheerful. It was unrealistic in terms of the pressures and stresses of high school life and in terms of how teachers behave, but it’s a sitcom. Reality is not the goal here.

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Review: The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall is a classic Western – except it’s not. The main cast is Black, based on real Black people who lived in the old West. However, they never lived this story, which is all fiction. Now on Netflix, the film tells a story of gang rivalry, revenge, and love.

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Why am I still watching this stuff?

I’ve abandoned many a show midseason when I didn’t like it, but I want to talk about 3 shows I’m still watching in spite of thinking I’m bored or upset every time I see one. They are The Morning Show, Y: The Last Man, and New Amsterdam.

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Wentworth, season 9 (or season 8 part 2) ends the series

Wentworth’s final season recently reached Netflix US and I gobbled it right up. The season ended the story of the women and the guards in Wentworth Prison with lots of love, revenge, murder, mistaken judgements, and even some redemption. My personal thanks to everyone involved in this series. From beginning to end, Wentworth has been top notch melodrama.

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Review: Jaguar, a Spanish thriller

Jaguar, from Spain, is a Netflix series about a group of Nazi hunters in 1960s Madrid. It’s about an interesting part of Spanish history, but otherwise is a pretty standard action thriller.

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Review: The Mad Women’s Ball (Le bal des folles)

The Mad Women’s Ball (Le bal des folles) takes a look at mental health treatment in the late 1800s in France. It’s set in a real hospital, uses the names of real doctors, and tells a horrific story. You can see it on Prime Video.

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Review: The Beast Must Die

The Beast Must Die, a mystery from the UK, is a slow-moving psychological drama. It’s about grief and loss and coming to terms with that. It was on AMC+ and is now on Acorn TV.

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Review: Nuclear Family, Ry Russo-Young on her own family

In Nuclear Family director Ry Russo-Young turns the camera on her own family history. She grew up in a dramatic, groundbreaking family situation made famous by a lawsuit. Now fortyish, she’s finally ready to piece it together in this 3 part series on HBO Max.

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