Michelle Buteau

Sabrina Carpenter and Liza Koshy in Work It

Work It review, wanna dance?

In Work It, Quinn (Sabrina Carpenter) has spent her entire school career making her credentials look good enough to be admitted to Duke University. She’s got a 4.0, does volunteer work, plays cello, belongs to some extracurricular groups. She should […]

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Rowan Blanchard, Auli'i Cravalho, and Isabella Ferreira in Crush

Crush review, a sweet and queer coming of age story

The words sex positive are used a lot in Crush, and it’s a fitting description of the entire film. The sex is at a minimum, but the acceptance is maximum. This is a happy and very queer coming of age

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Michelle Buteau in Survival of the Thickest

Survival of the Thickest, Michelle Buteau goes for it all

Survival of the Thickest (a terrible title, by the way) takes on several themes and story arcs. To get through them all in 8 half hour episodes is quite the feat from Michelle Buteau, who wrote the series based on

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Jennifer Lopez in Marry Me

Marry Me, let’s just admit Jennifer Lopez is queen of the romcom

Marry Me, the latest romcom starring Jennifer Lopez, makes fun of celebrity culture, makes math teachers look good, and includes some impressive singing and dancing. For a genre movie, it swings for the fences and does a good job of

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Cole Sprouse and Lana Condor in Moonshot

Review: Moonshot, even on Mars a romcom is still a romcom

Moonshot is a sci-fi romcom. It aims, not for the moon, but for Mars. I watch a lot of romcoms and the genre usually works for me, but this one came up short in several ways.

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women look at brain scans in The Principles of Pleasure

Review: The Principles of Pleasure

The Principles of Pleasure is a three episode docu-series about women’s sexual health and pleasure. It features scientists, educators, therapists, and many interviews with ordinary women. This isn’t schoolyard gossip or the mythology of the patriarchy – this is the

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Awkwafina in Awkwafina is Nora from Queens

Awkwafina is Nora from Queens grows on you

Awkwafina is Nora from Queens is a comedy series about Awkwafina’s own life from the time before she became well-known. It’s available on its home channel of Comedy Central and also on HBO Max, which is where I binge watched

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Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis in tales of the city

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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Randall Park and Ali Wong in Always Be My Maybe

Review: Always Be My Maybe

Always Be My Maybe stars Randall Park and Ali Wong in a romantic comedy about two childhood friends who reconnect after about 15 years apart. The plot is standard romcom material, made noteworthy for its Asian lead characters. That makes

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