Review: Good on Paper, liar liar

Good on Paper is a true story about a liar. The film comes from comic Iliza Shlesinger, who apparently experienced the liar in question. The film is a stand up routine about the guy, interspersed with a full movie illustrating the story in the stand up routine. That’s a new approach to storytelling, as far as I know. It’s available on Netflix.

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Review: On the Verge, women in mid-life

On the Verge tells the story of four women friends in their 40s who are in various stages of life crisis and change – all of it happening just before the coronavirus pandemic hits. Julie Delpy created and co-wrote the series along with co-star Alexia Landeau. Delpy directed 5 of the 12 episodes in this Netflix series.

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Review: Sex Education, season 3 remains outstanding

Sex Education, which has consistently been one of the best things on television, maintains its top shelf status in season 3. The series, created and written by Laurie Nunn, is about students in an English school and the array of adults around them.

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AlRawabi School for Girls, bullies, power, and mistakes

AlRawabi School for Girls brings drama from a girls’ high school in Amman, Jordan to Netflix. Thematically it deals with bullying and retribution. It’s packed with mean girl tropes, but grows more nuanced as the episodes progress.

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Worth takes an agonizing look at the value of a life

I watched Worth on the evening the 20th anniversary of 9/11. On such a day of remembrance, the film felt emotionally raw to me, especially the stories from the people who suffered losses that day. Sara Colangelo directed this film, now 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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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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