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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The Chair, good but not great

The Chair has a terrific cast with Sandra Oh and Jay Duplass leading a large group of excellent actors. This Netflix dramedy was full of good performances that couldn’t quite pull the 6 episode series over the line into greatness. It was good. It was enjoyable. But not great.

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Short Takes on Grace and Frankie, Surreal Estate and Home Before Dark

The surprise release of the first four episodes of season 7 of Grace and Frankie was a big hit this week. We are several episodes into the SYFY series Surreal Estate and I’m loving it more every week. Home Before Dark wrapped up season 2. Let’s look at each one by one.

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When Last We Spoke

When Last We Spoke tells the story of two sisters who lost a great deal during the late 1960s. They spent years as adults not speaking, until circumstances brought them back together again. This film is streaming on Prime.

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Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story

Playing with Sharks: The Valerie Taylor Story tells the story of an Australian woman who devoted her life to dispelling myths about sharks. It’s a National Geographic documentary and can be seen on Disney+.

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Hampstead, a blooming romance for grownups

Hampstead is based on a true story about a man who built a shack in the hidden confines of Hampstead Heath and lived there for 17 years. Everything changed when a woman came into his life. This sweet romantic comedy is streaming on Netflix.

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Love Sarah is a fluffy pastry

Love Sarah tells about a group of people who grieve the loss of Sarah. They start a bakery in her honor. It’s a warm and cheerful film with no villains and a happy ending. You can cheer yourself up with this sweet little puff on Hulu.

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Keeping Faith (S3, E1-5) where secrets are spilled – UPDATED

Keeping Faith is back with its 3rd and final season. It’s on Acorn TV in the U.S. The season begins with two episodes on April 12. Following that, new episodes will appear on Mondays through May 10. After May 10 and the last episode aired, I updated the end of this post.

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Two of Us (Deux), love worth fighting for

Two of Us (Deux) tells the story of two elder lesbians, still passionately in love after 20 years together. This film is the official submission of France for the ‘Best International Feature Film’ category of the 93rd Academy Awards. It is available for rent on Prime Video.

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I Care a Lot covers everyone with the rotten stench of greed

I Care a Lot is a morality tale on the evils of capitalism. There are no ‘good guys’ in this film on Netflix. Everyone is equally disgusting and evil. The word care in the title refers to guardianship of care, which is a legal way to steal every penny from folks in care homes.

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