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January 2020

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THE MARVELOUS MRS…

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Season 3 is now streaming on Amazon (Starring Alex Borstein and Rachel Brosnahan)

THE MARVELOUS MRS…

  • By Deborah Behrens
  • Photo Courtesy of Amazon

Tits up and bags packed? Join Midge and Susie as they take to the skies to tour with Shy Baldwin in season three of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Already nominated for two Golden Globe, three Critic’s Choice, four Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and two Writer’s Guild Awards, this season tests both women personally and professionally as they navigate the highs/lows of big time venues and ethnically diverse audiences from Las Vegas to Miami. Not to mention staying in the good graces of Shy’s controlling manager Reggie (Sterling Brown, This is Us.)

Meanwhile back in NYC, Sophie Lennon wants Susie to make her a dramatic Broadway star. Joel considers opening a Chinatown nightclub and meets the mysterious Mei (Stephanie Hsu, The Path). Moishe and Shirley move to Forest Hills, Queens as Abe and Rose come to terms with their new financial situation. Abe mentors young left wing beatniks while Rose discovers profit yielding yenta skills. Susie discovers that being a good manager doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-glove with good money management skills. Midge’s sheltered Upper Westside self gets woke to her white privilege and schooled on tour life by bass player Carole (Liza Weil, Gilmore Girls). Go big or go home but be wary of what you say — words have consequences this season.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s” season 3 is streaming now on Amazon.

MARRIAGE STORY

Marriage Story is now streaming on Netflix (Starring Scarlett Johansson, Azhy Robertson, and Adam Driver)

MARRIAGE STORY

  • By AC Remler

In the first few minutes of Netflix’s new original drama Marriage Story, we hear first-person accounts of the adoring habits and quirks that a husband and wife cherish about each other. We soon find out that we’re about to be drawn into the beginning of the end of a years-long union where tumult has been bubbling beneath the surface of the pair’s seemingly fulfilling lives as parents and celebrated artists in New York.

Girls fans won’t be disappointed by the nuanced performance of Adam Driver, who brings just the right amount of weird to his role as a somehow charmingly controlling husband (Charlie), and the director of their independent theater company where his wife (Nicole) stars in his obscure, heady productions. Scarlett Johansson expertly portrays Nicole, a woman at the brink of self-discovery, but at constant odds with her habitual need to please Charlie and desire to break free from a suffocating marriage.

In the history of divorce films, there’s rarely ambiguity about the absence of love or mutual respect (War of the Roses). Marriage Story, the 2nd original for the network directed by Noah Baumbach, is a different breed of breakup flick because even as you watch the dissolution of their marriage, you find yourself rooting for them until the end.

Marriage Story” is streaming now on Netflix.

The Irishman

Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman now streaming on Netflix

The Irishman

  • By Allison Starcher
  • Photo Courtesy of Netflix

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman is a master class in filmmaking. He transports the audience and his cast through time, beginning and ending with a wheelchair bound Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) reflecting on his life as a delivery driver turned hit man for Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci). Layering a saturated color pallet and a soundtrack that ranges from Perez Prado mambos to Doo-wop rock and roll, he recreates a bygone era that has vanished like Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino)

Based on the biography by Charles Brandt, the story is a braided narrative, not just a mobster picture but a humorous buddy flick, a political thriller, and ultimately a father daughter story. Frank’s middle child Peggy, played by Lucy Gallina and Anna Paquin serves as a conscience, reminding us with her gaze that the film’s staccato bursts of gunfire are taking place just beyond the dinner table. Peggy cannot be bought, much to the chagrin of Pesci’s Bufalino. The candy colored vintage cars and neon festooned storefronts are backdrops for un-romanticized violence, served like a bloody rare steak on fine china.

Scorsese has surrounded himself with a seasoned cast while embracing the latest in digital technology to de-age them. This story is a cautionary tale, told by an unreliable narrator, alone and reckoning with his murderous past. In a culture based on loyalty and betrayal what is left for the last man?

The Irishman” is streaming now on Netflix.

LOST IN SPACE

Lost in Space’s Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix (Starring Maxwell Jenkins)

LOST IN SPACE

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of NETFLIX

Netflix fulfills our childhood fantasies with another season of Lost in Space. In Season 1, Maureen Robinson, aerospace engineer and matriarch extraordinaire, leads her family on a mission to help humanity colonize the Alpha Centauri system. An alien attack forces them to crash land on a dying planet where Maureen’s precocious son Will encounters an imminent danger he’s never faced — an alien. But a strange bond develops between boy and Robot, and he becomes Will’s protector from the planet’s many threats as the family scavenges for fuel to power their craft. After another attack, the alien is tragically lost in space, and the Robinsons are flung into the far reaches of the galaxy.

At the start of Season 2, Maureen and her family find themselves stranded on an ocean planet — this time without the advantages of their alien friend. Their mission is to transform their damaged craft from spaceship into clipper ship so they can find and rescue Robot, who remains their only shot at keeping the family alive. With heartfelt performances from cast members Molly Parker (House of Cards), Toby Stephens (Summer of Rockets), Maxwell Jenkins (Sense8), Taylor Russell (Waves), Mina Sundwall (Freeheld), Ignacio Serricchio (Emergence), and Parker Posey (Elsewhere), all this danger never looked so fun.

Lost in Space: Season 2” is now streaming on Netflix.

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