Sami Blood – can you ever not be who you are?

Sami Blood is the story of a woman who spent her entire life trying to hide and escape from her Sami heritage. It’s set in Sweden, where the indigenous people of the area, the Sami, are treated as less than by the Swedes. The film is streaming on Prime Video.

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Then Came You with Kathie Lee Gifford to cheer your heart

Then Came You is a romantic comedy that is all Kathie Lee Gifford. She stars in it. She wrote it. She wrote the songs (and sang some of them). If you’re in need of a bit of cheerful fluff with a happy ending, this will do the trick. You can see it on Prime Video.

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Rocks presents a British teen with a big problem

Rocks is Shola ‘Rocks’ Omotoso, an inner city teen in London. She’s played beautifully by Bukky Bakray. Her mom disappears, leaving her with her younger brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu), a bit of cash, and a promise to return. You can see this moving film on Netflix.

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Moxie is a Riot grrrl scene do-over

Moxie is an attempt to bring the Riot grrrl feminist scene into the present with more intersectionality, more social media, and a dash of #TimesUp. It doesn’t succeed 100%, but it’s a celebration of women power that is easy to enjoy. It’s streaming on Netflix.

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Hope (Håp), a moving tale from Norway

Hope (Håp) is an intimate look at a few days in the life of a couple and a family when a brain tumor throws everything into turmoil. It was written and directed by Maria Sødahl. It will be released in theaters and virtual theaters in the US on April 16, 2021.

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Tell Me Your Secrets, an entire symphony of evil

Tell Me Your Secrets is a complex crime series streaming on Prime Video. It operates on the premise that if you keep throwing every known evil at the cast and most of it sticks, you soon have a suspenseful tale to tell.

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Ginny and Georgia, surprisingly dark family dramedy

Ginny and Georgia surprised me. It was supposed to be a mother and daughter comedy like The Gilmore Girls. When the first episode began I thought it looked vapid and unwatchable. By the end of the first episode I was wondering what the heck just happened, and I was definitely going to keep watching. This series is on Netflix.

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The Rhythm Section, a thriller starring Blake Lively

The Rhythm Section is a revenge thriller with Blake Lively as a newbie assassin. It was directed by Reed Morano. See it on Prime Video.

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Nomadland: real people, real lives

Nomadland from director Chloé Zhao fits neatly with her previous work. She finds a story to tell and uses real people and their real lives to tell it. You can watch this one streaming on Hulu.

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Spinster: bad title, good message

Spinster – what an old fashioned word. Maybe it made sense back in the day when a woman had to marry in order to survive. But these days, when a woman can choose to be single and do just fine, the spinster concept is long gone. Somebody already used the phrase living single, so for this charming Canadian film, spinster it is. The film is streaming on Prime Video.

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