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Let There Be Bloodline

One of the best reasons for subscribing to Netflix, Bloodline, goes live today for its third and final season. The Florida noir about one fatally-flawed family’s self-destruction looks stunning in 4K and, even when it lapses into pulp, is a binge-worthy-blast of addictive storytelling and fine performances from a cast that includes Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and […]

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New to Amazon Prime Video in June

Amazon Prime Video’s newest 4K attraction is Le Mans: Racing is Everything, a documentary series that promises to reveal “the inside story of a race that pushes technology to the limit”. It will stream from June 9 while the Martin Scorsese executive-produced doco about The Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip, which the New York Times dubbed “passionate, impressionistic and encyclopedic”, will […]

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New to Netflix in June

Flaked: Season 2 (2/6/2017) Confronted with the results of his fabrications and deceptions, Chip suffers painful losses but discovers the redemptive power of honesty. Orange Is the New Black: Season 5 (9/6/2017) The power dynamics at Litchfield shift dramatically as the inmates react to a tragedy in an explosive new season. My Only Love Song: […]

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Critical Condition: American Gods

American Gods (Amazon Prime, from today) “Adapted from the 2001 bestseller by erudite geek icon Neil Gaiman, the new Starz series is the latest act of aesthetic derring-do and sophisticated irreverence from Bryan Fuller, the cult TV producer-god who made Hannibal Lecter mesmerising and biting again. Fuller’s eclectic work (which includes the more whimsical but no less […]

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Critical Condition: Dear White People

Dear White People (Netflix, from Friday) “Retaining all of its razor-sharp wit and then some, Dear White People, Justin Simien’s acclaimed 2014 big-screen satire of racial relations and identity set at a fictional Ivy League college, has transferred impressively to TV …  Although there have been casting changes, most of the memorable characters are back […]

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New to Netflix in May

   Sense8: Season 2 (5/5/2017) Scandals and celebrations deepen the Sensates’ bond as they rebuild their lives and try to outsmart Whispers. Master of None: Season 2 (12/5/2017) Dev pursues a new passion in Italy, dives back into the New York dating scene and wrestles with big questions as he seeks to reboot his life. […]

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Critical Condition: Bill Nye Saves the World

Bill Nye Saves the World (Netflix, from Friday) “Can Bill Nye really save the world? Probably not by preaching to the choir, which doesn’t make his half-hour Netflix show any less noteworthy as a breezy blow struck on behalf of science, despite a few structural miscalculations. The title alone speaks volumes: Premiering more than 20 […]

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Critical Condition: Girlboss

Girlboss (Netflix, from Friday) “Based on Sophia Amoruso’s memoir of the same, Netflix’s very salty new half-hour series chronicles the inception of the online retailer Nasty Gal, which has recently fallen on hard times. In 2016, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and Amoruso stepped down as CEO, and UK’s Boohoo acquired the site’s assets in February. But even before […]

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Critical Condition: 13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why (Netflix, from today) “13 Reasons Why is undoubtedly sincere, but it’s also, in many important ways, creatively successful: It uses some of TV’s most popular forms and accessible strategies—the love triangle, the coming-of-age story, the murder mystery and the grounded high school drama—to pull viewers into a suspenseful tale that will keep most of […]

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Critical Condition: Five Came Back

Five Came Back (Netflix, from today) “Filmmaking, as an art form, can be something more when wielded as a weapon. But what is that something more? In Five Came Back, a three-part docuseries based on Mark Harris’ bestselling book about five directors — John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens — who served […]

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