Review: Brief Encounters

It’s hilarious how repressed the Brits were about sex in 1982. At least in public. Brief Encounters tells the story of four women who wade into that repression as Ann Summers party plan saleswomen and turn their worlds upside down.

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Review: The Party

The Party brings a dysfunctional collection of people who know each other’s secrets into the same room. It’s a wild and wonderful thing to watch.

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Review: The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang Ngarmo)

The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang Ngarmo) explores the plight of Tibet and Tibetan refugees living in Delhi, India through the story of one woman. Dolkar (Tenzin Dolker) made the difficult trek from Tibet to India at age 8. She is now 26.

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Review: Stranger Things 3

Stranger Things 3 continues to be brilliant storytelling. It hits all the right emotional highs and lows. The visual effects are stunning. The 80s nostalgia and callbacks shine. The scifi creature is gross and disgusting.

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Review: Jessica Jones, season 3

The final season of Jessica Jones, Marvel’s flawed but admirable super hero, brought the show to a surprising conclusion. No spoilers about the ending here, but I do have things to say about season 3 of this series.

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Review: Elisa y Marcela

The slow paced Elisa and Marcela (Elisa y Marcela) left me with a lot of questions. Many of them relate to the lost parts of this tale, which was based on a true story. You can watch this Spanish language love story on Netflix.

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Review: Bathtubs Over Broadway

Bathtubs Over Broadway is a result of the eccentric obsession of Steve Young. For someone like myself who has always been in love with musical theater, this documentary is a revelation.

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The Excellence of Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack season 1 ended in the U.S. It was excellent in every way. A brilliant achievement involving writers, directors, costumers, actors, and Anne Lister’s secret diaries.

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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 Always Be My Maybe a member of a small but growing club. The director is a woman, Nahnatchka Khan.

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Review: When They See Us

When They See Us is the true story of the 5 Black and Brown teenagers jailed for raping a woman in New York’s Central Part in 1989. They were innocent and finally exonerated after spending many years in prisons.

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