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Critical Condition: Ozark

Ozark (Netflix, from today) ➢ “A wealthy family relocates a money laundering scheme to the Ozarks in a smart, sharp drama that engages with prestige tropes but never quite falls into their trap …  The taut thriller veers close toward storytelling pitfalls but deftly avoids falling into the bleak soup of bloated streaming dramas about […]

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Critical Condition: Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun (Lightbox, streaming now) ➢ “A glamorous Parisian cop investigates a death in remote northern Scandinavia in this intriguing series … The investigation, and the series, is a Swedish-French collaboration, The Killing meets Spiral, Abba covers Je t’aime, köttbullar au vin. It’s a promising flavour combination, gory and gothic, even if the meat may […]

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Amazon Prime Teases Grand Tour and The Tick!

Amazon Prime has released trailers of two its newest attractions: season two of The Grand Tour and the premiere of The Tick!. The Tick! centres on an underdog accountant who comes to realise his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league […]

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Critical Condition: Friends From College

Friends From College (Netflix, from today) “The characters on this half-hour dramedy, which starts streaming Friday, are the kind of people who get seated at a huge table in the middle of a restaurant and then proceed to irritate everyone dining in the vicinity. They’re loud, overdramatic, immature, and often inconsiderate to anyone who isn’t […]

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The Son Rises on Lightbox

If you thought AMC’s western mini-series, The Son, had gone thataway … hitch your wagon to a Lightbox subscription. The Spark streaming service will carry the epic saga that originally was to have starred Sam Neill from August 26. It stars Pierce Brosnan and is one of 10 exclusives that Lightbox will roll out between […]

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Critical Condition: Gypsy

Gypsy (Netflix, from today) ➢ “Gypsy can’t decide what kind of show it wants to be. The new Netflix series  (**½ out of four) is a psychological thriller starring Naomi Watts as Jean Holloway, a successful Manhattan therapist who inserts herself into the lives of her patients’ friends and family. It’s part mystery, part soapy drama, but […]

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Amazon Prime Recruits Comrade Detective

Amazon Prime Video’s new half-hour live action series, Comrade Detective, from the studio behind Oscar-winner Moonlight, will premiere here on August 4. Billed “a one-of-a-kind cop show and comedy set in 1980s Romania”, the spoof is being rolled out in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, too. The series is presented in Romanian and dubbed in English, […]

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Netflix Adds New Generation Dynasty

The network TV reboot of ’80s soap Dynasty will stream here on Netflix. It’s the latest deal Netflix has done with The CW network, after landing another of its shows, Riverdale, earlier this year. Deadline Hollywood reports the streaming giant was involved early in Dynasty’s genesis because of its global appeal and serialised storytelling, making […]

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New to Netflix in July

Castlevania: Season 1 (7/7/2017) The last surviving member of a disgraced clan fights to save Eastern Europe from Dracula. Inspired by the classic video game series. Friends From College: Season 1 (14/7/2017) As they face down their forties, a group of friends who met at Harvard experiences a range of success — or lack thereof […]

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Critical Condition: GLOW

GLOW (Netflix, from Friday) ➢ “Lurid leotards are the new orange in GLOW, Netflix’s dramedy set against the backdrop of the camptastic 1980s professional wrestling television series … GLOW has superficial similarities to Orange Is the New Black in its excellent, multicultural female-driven ensemble — and deeper similarities in the way it uses a traditionally male space […]

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