Series Review: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

A Feminist Dystopian nightmare serves as exceptional TV and socio-political cautionary tale. Chilling on all counts.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Series Review: “The Wilds”

A captivating series about a group of troubled teenaged girls stranded on a deserted island. It’s ‘Lost’ meets ‘Lord of the Flies’ with a Feminist Hunger Games chaser.

Cast of The Wilds

Film Review: “Pieces of a Woman”

When Grief mixes with Guilt. . . a shattering portrait of loss after the crushing tragedy of a home birth gone horribly wrong.

Shia LeBoeuf and Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman

Film Review: “I Care A Lot”

A hilariously dark spin on the legal guardianship paradigm. . . and a cautionary tale about getting your affairs in order while you still can.

Eiza González, Dianne Weist and Rosamund Pike in I Care A Lot

Film Review: “The Sapphires”

Based on a true story, a feel-good Aussie tale about a group of Aboriginal girls with big dreams of singing professionally and seeing the world. The Vietnam War was an unexpected first stage.

Deborah Mailman, Miranda Tapsell, Chris O’Dowd, Jessica Mauboy, and Shari Stebbens in The Sapphires

Film Review: “Sound of Metal”

Riz Ahmed captivates as a heavy metal drummer who goes inexplicably and profoundly deaf, seemingly overnight. A raw observation of a life in transition.

Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke in Sound of Metal

Series Review: “The Queen’s Gambit”

The instantly addictive story of a brilliant young mind which takes the world of chess by storm, while a battle between genius and addiction rages within. It’s a must-see.

Marcin Dorociński and Anya Taylor-Joy in The Queen’s Gambit

Film Review: “The Dig”

Based on the true story of the archeological wonder discovered in an English widow’s pasture on the eve of WWII. A moving elegy about the permanence of Death and the continuum of Life.

Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes in The Dig

Film Review: “Uncle Frank”

A bittersweet film that paints an all too familiar portrait of sexual prejudice and persecution in a not so distant past, America.

Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis in Uncle Frank

Film Review: “The Professor and the Madman”

Sean Penn and Mel Gibson shine in the engrossing and ultimately heartbreaking true story of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in The Professor and the Madman

Norma’s Streaming Picks

A Baby Boomer’s Guide to the Best Streaming Picks, for those who love Film, don’t mind the occasional sub-titles and prefer characters over super-heroes.

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