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Critical Condition: She’s Gotta Have It

She’s Gotta Have It | Netflix, from today ➢ “It’s a marvel to watch She’s Gotta Have It unfold. In an age when the parade of endless sequels, reboots and remakes is exhausting, it may seem odd for Spike Lee to adapt the 1986 film that put him on the map as a Netflix series. But once […]

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New to Netflix in December

Dark: Season 1 (1/12/2017) A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers that unearths a small town’s sins and secrets. Easy: Season 2 (1/12/2017) Returning characters and new faces navigate the ups and downs of relationships, friendships, family and more. Fate/Apocrypha: Part 1 (2/12/2017) The Yggdmillennia clan wage a rebellion against […]

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Lightbox Premieres in December

Lightbox highlights in December include the season five double-episode premiere of Vikings (which it will stream exclusively), Scandi-noir newcomer Aber Bergen and the first comedy Seth Rogen’s produced for TV. The 13-episode Future Man is a humorous sci-fi homage that went live earlier this month on Hulu. It stars Josh Hutcherson as a janitor by day and a […]

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Critical Condition: Godless

Godless | Netflix, from Wednesday ➢ “The series is a wild ride, an old-fashioned Western with a contemporary edge … The entire series – which plays like a seven-hour movie – was directed by Scott Frank from his screenplay. He keeps the tension throughout without over-hyping scenes. Death is bad enough. Using natural light, the cinematography from […]

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Critical Condition: The Punisher

The Punisher | Netflix, from today ➢ “The Punisher transcends what it appears to be. Not completely, and not always; this is still a very violent show, saturated in tortured masculinity. But thanks to Jon Berthal’s seamless performance as the non-superpowered vigilante Frank Castle and showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s sharp, conscious storytelling, The Punisher approaches the high […]

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Critical Condition: Alias Grace

Alias Grace | Netflix, from today ➢ “After The Handmaid’s Tale, author Margaret Atwood’s big year in TV continues with this quietly mesmerising adaptation of her 1996 novel, which was based on the true story of a 19th-century Canadian housekeeper convicted of a double murder after a sensational trial … The story comes to the viewer […]

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Lightbox Poised to Top 300,000 Subs

Spark’s streaming service Lightbox is about to notch up its 300,000th subscriber on the eve of premiering top-rating US drama The Good Doctor. “We are incredibly proud of the progress we have made to take Lightbox from an idea to one of New Zealand’s most popular SVOD services in just three years,” Lightbox General Manager Hema […]

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Critical Condition: Stranger Things 2

Stranger Things 2 | Netflix, from today ➢ “The much anticipated second season of Stranger Things is even stranger than the first, at least in terms of plot twists and endearing references to fantasy films from the ’80s … While others may try to imitate what the Duffers are doing, it’s harder than it may […]

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Lightbox Picks Up Valley Girl

The latest Kyra (The Closer) Sedgwick series, Ten Days in the Valley, will premiere next month on Lightbox. It stars Sedgwick as a documentary TV producer who, having brought down the San Francisco Police Department with an investigation, launches a controversial crime drama series amid a messy divorce and the disappearance of her daughter. The […]

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New to Netflix in November

Greenleaf: Season 2 (1/11/2017) An old sin catches up to James. Grace’s anger at Mac consumes her. At Triumph, Jacob sees Basie’s dark side. New dad Kevin tries to win back Charity. Ten Percent (aka Call My Agent!): Season 2 (2/11/2017) Amid a fresh wave of tabloid scandals and client meltdowns, the agents find their […]

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