A charming throwback to the sort of snappy, high concept teen movies that peppered the 80s and 90s, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before might not be the best young adult film of the year, but it’s solidly constructed and unique in its own special ways.
With last year’s Oscar nominated short film Heroin(e), documentarian Elaine McMillion Sheldon looked at women working on the front lines of West Virginia’s rampant opioid drug crisis. Her latest feature, Recovery Boys, returns to the same geographical location for an even more personal and fraught narrative surrounding drug addiction.
Luke Cage Season 2 isn’t easily watchable, but it is enjoyable for the most part, and he remains the most consistently written and utilized character in the NYC centred Marvel universe.
True crime and courtroom drama aficionados might already be familiar with the comprehensive, landmark documentary The Staircase, and if they aren’t, they should get acquainted with it immediately.
Although comparisons to the similarly queer themed teenage rom-com Love, Simon from earlier this year are inevitable, writer-director Craig Johnson’s raunchier Netflix original film Alex Strangelove has more in common with the American Pie franchise than John Hughes, and that shift from gentility to risqué behaviour works greatly in its favour.
Netflix has reimagined Lost In Space, and the fun, dramatic, and action-packed new series debuts tomorrow. Making its premiere in Toronto with a fan screening last night, star Molly Parker was in town for the big event, and I had a chance to sit down with her to talk about the Robinsons and their journey ahead.
Lost In Space is landing in Toronto on April 11, with star Molly Parker (“Maureen Robinson”) and Canadian astronaut, Col. Chris Hadfield, coming out for the big premiere, and Netflix is giving away tickets to fans.
An odd duck even by the eclectic standards of most Netflix original movies, director and co-writer Duncan Jones’ Mute isn’t a movie that will please everyone, but it’s an admirably dark and sleazy sci-fi thriller that wears its cynicism like a badge of honour.
The darkly comedic biopic The Polka King is a well made example of a “straight to Netflix” film. This “stranger than fiction” look at a former oom-pah-pah baron and Grammy nominee who perpetrated massive amounts of fraud in the 1990s is lean, fast paced, almost completely devoid of filler, and likely works better at home than it would in the confines of a theatre. Netflix is the perfect place for a film like The Polka King, and that’s not in any way a knock against the talent and effort that went into making it.
We take a look at three high profile releases from Netflix arriving in time for the holiday viewing season: the feature film Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, the Errol Morris documentary series Wormwood, and the return of the sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror.