Review: The Politician, season 1

The Politician, the latest production from Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, is equal parts brilliant and scattered. It’s pretentiously adult but set in a high school. Thematically it jumps around from one idea to another and never quite lands. Ryan Murphy regulars abound. Yet overall, it’s wonderful.

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Review: Hearts Beat Loud

Hearts Beat Loud appears to be a simple story about a father and daughter as she prepares to leave for college. It seems simple, but it’s actually emotionally intricate and complex. Like some of the music in this film, it’s complicated while seeming simple. It’s perfectly written and acted. It’s a wonderful movie. I give it all the stars.

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Review: Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns was a disappointment. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t really good either. I expected it to be really good. I’m a sucker for a musical, so I was surprised that this one didn’t make me jump with joy.

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Watch This: Trailer for The Good Liar

The Good Liar is one of those rare movies featuring grown-ups in a romantic suspense story that promises some surprises. It puts Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren in the same film for the first time ever.

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Tales of the City, 2019 style

Tales of the City was revived in 2019 from the stories by Armistead Maupin. Lauren Morelli is the creator behind the new series, which I found to be very much a series of right now. Contemporary.

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Review: Ask Dr. Ruth

Ask Dr. Ruth tells the biographical story of Ruth Westheimer. She’s closing in on her 90th birthday in this documentary, and still publishing books about sex. You can see this fascinating woman’s story on Hulu.

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Review The Simple Heist (Enkelstöten), season 1

The Simple Heist (Enkelstöten) is a Swedish comedy TV series. Season 1 is currently streaming on Acorn TV. A second season is underway.

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Review: Gloria Bell

Before I get into the review of Gloria Bell, let me tell you a story. I’ve been a member of AARP for a few decades now – joined up when I turned 45. They’ve always had a feature called Movies for Grownups within AARP. Lately they’ve started taking movies for grownups on the road with free screenings of various movies all over the country. The latest is Gloria Bell.

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Review: Book Club

Based on the trailer for Book Club, I thought it would be a series of double entendres. Thank goodness it is more than that.

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Review: The Wife

I finally got around to seeing The Wife, months after everyone else. After I saw it I was not entirely happy that I had.

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