Three Holiday Movies get a quick review

Are you watching holiday movies now? They are hard to avoid. I found two new ones from 2021 and an older one of several holiday films starring Ali Liebert. Ali Liebert has an interesting history with holiday films. Check out A Gift for Christmas, A Castle for Christmas, and Reba McEntire’s Christmas in Tune.

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Review: Bruised, Halle Berry directs

Bruised stars Halle Berry as an MMA fighter who struggles to get her life in a good place. Halle Berry directs the film, too, her first effort at directing. She does an excellent job at acting, directing, and fighting like a champ. The film is now on Netflix.

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Review: Violet, boldly original

Violet, from writer and first time director Justine Bateman, is a unique and daring approach to storytelling. It’s an often told tale about a woman struggling with the negative voices in her head. However, the film’s style is something you haven’t seen before. The performance from Olivia Munn as Violet makes it totally believable. The film is currently available on demand from several streamers.

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Review: The Wheel of Time, episodes 1-3

The Wheel of Time is a fantasy series on Prime Video. Three episodes were released last Friday, with more to come on future Fridays. The first season is based on the first novel in a series by Robert Jordan, also called The Wheel of Time.

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Review: Dopesick

The Dopesick series on Hulu looks at the rise of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family from multiple points of view. Even though most of us are unhappily familiar with the opioid crisis, this series adds insider detail to the story. It slowly and meticulously examines every aspect of how one private company created an opioid epidemic affecting every corner of America.

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Gentefied, season 2, the quest for a green card

Gentefied, season 2, takes the extended Morales family from Boyle Heights on a season long journey to get the family patriarch Casimiro, or Pop, Morales (Joaquín Cosío) a green card and keep him from being deported to Mexico.

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Review: Passing

Passing stars Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga in a thought provoking and ambiguous dance of “wild desire.” It’s about passing for something you’re not and the emotions that come from doing that dance. It’s now available on Netflix.

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Review: The Mad Women’s Ball (Le bal des folles)

The Mad Women’s Ball (Le bal des folles) takes a look at mental health treatment in the late 1800s in France. It’s set in a real hospital, uses the names of real doctors, and tells a horrific story. You can see it on Prime Video.

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Review: Nuclear Family, Ry Russo-Young on her own family

In Nuclear Family director Ry Russo-Young turns the camera on her own family history. She grew up in a dramatic, groundbreaking family situation made famous by a lawsuit. Now fortyish, she’s finally ready to piece it together in this 3 part series on HBO Max.

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Fever Dream (Distancia de rescate), languid horror

Fever Dream ( Distancia de rescate) arrived on Netflix just in time for the Halloween horror season. This South American film is a slow-moving, surreal, horror story about motherhood and environmental destruction. There are some spoilers ahead.

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