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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Adult Material, a look into the adult film industry

Adult Material is a funny but grim story about a p0rn star. It explores her personal and professional life, her background, and her decision to be a whistleblower for the abuses in her industry. The 4 part British mini-series is streaming on HBO Max.

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Review: Open Your Eyes (Otwórz oczy), season 1

Open Your Eyes (Otwórz oczy) brings mystery and sci-fi from Poland in a six episode series that keeps you guessing to the end. The end feels more like opening a new phase of the story to be told in a second season (which I haven’t seen announced yet). The series is on Netflix.

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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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The Unusual Suspects: No, it isn’t those guys

The Unusual Suspects comes from Australia. In 4 episodes, it takes a group of women on a journey of discovery, connection, and into a heist. It’s full of wonderful performances and some, dare I say it, unusual comedy. This mini-series is on Hulu.

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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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Really Love, a tender Black romance

Really Love is a beautiful love story. The cast is all Black, as are the behind the scenes crew. Angel Kristi Williams co-wrote and directed. The writing, the camera work, the direction, and the actors all approached the story with tenderness and love. That’s conveyed back to the audience in this delicate and gentle love story. The film is available on Netflix.

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