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Two Thumbs Up (2023-2024)
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The latest critically acclaimed, eclectic, arthouse, and award winning movies, shows and documentaries reviewed and rated 3+ on rogerebert dot com. updated mar 9 2024

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TV Show: BEEF ( 2023 )
They're frustrated, furious — and finally feeling something. Two strangers act on their darkest impulses in the aftermath of a road-rage incident.
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TV Show: The 1619 Project ( 2023 )
The 1619 Project seeks to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the national narrative.
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TV Show: Bill Russell: Legend ( 2023 )
Winningest NBA champion and civil rights icon Bill Russell builds a larger-than-life legacy on and off the court in this biographical documentary.
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TV Show: History of the World, Part II ( 2023 )
After waiting over 40 years there is finally a sequel to the seminal Mel Brooks film, History of the World, Part I, with each episode featuring a variety of sketches that take us through different periods of human history.
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TV Show: Swarm ( 2023 )
Swarm, set between 2016-2018, follows Dre, an obsessed fan of the world's biggest pop star who sets off on an unexpected cross-country killing spree.
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TV Show: Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields ( 2023 )
Actor, model, and global superstar Brooke Shields' journey from a sexualized young girl to a woman who embraces her identity and voice. The two-part Hulu documentary looks at Shields' career, from the unsettling '80s stardom of 'Pretty Baby' and 'Blue Lagoon' to her journey toward finding her voice and her agency.
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TV Show: Dear Mama: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur ( 2023 )
From Allen Hughes, Dear Mama dives into the personal relationship of mother and son, Afeni and Tupac Shakur, a revolutionary and one of the most influential artists of all time. Afeni Shakur was a revolutionary, an intellect and a voice for the people. She became a feminist darling of the '70s, a female leader in the movement amidst the macho milieu of the Black Panther Party. Tupac was a rapper and poet, a political visionary and philosopher who became known as one of the greatest rap artists of all time. In addition to becoming a global sex symbol and media favorite for his outspoken and sometimes outrageous antics, he would eventually become the poster child for modern Black activism. Their story chronicles the possibilities and contradictions of the United States from a time of revolutionary fervor to Hip Hop culture's most ostentatious decade.For Tupac superfans, Hughes promises there will be never seen before audio and video footage.
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TV Show: Dead Ringers ( 2023 )
Elliot and Beverly Mantle are OBGYNs and identical twins who share everything: drugs, lovers, and an unapologetic desire to do whatever it takes - including pushing the boundaries of medical ethics - in an effort to challenge antiquated practices and bring women's health care to the forefront.
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TV Show: Love & Death ( 2023 )
Love & Death tells the unbelievable true story of Candy Montgomery, a 1980s Texas housewife accused of murder. Despite a loving family, a picture-perfect home, and an active presence at church, Candy is unable to shake her sense of suburban ennui. After an unexpectedly charged moment with fellow church member Allan Gore, Candy finds just the risk-taking thrill that's been missing from her life. Their ensuing, meticulously strategized affair unfolds mostly as planned – until their respective spouses, Pat and Betty, each discover their secret… and someone picks up an axe.
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TV Show: A Small Light ( 2023 )
A Small Light follows twenty-something Miep Gies who, when her boss Otto Frank came to her and asked her to hide his family from the Nazis during World War II, didn't hesitate. For the next two years, Miep, her husband Jan, and the other helpers watched over the eight souls (Otto Frank, his wife Edith and daughters Anne and Margot as well as four others) in hiding in the Secret Annex. And it was Miep who found Anne's Diary and kept it safe so Otto, the only one of the eight who survived, could later share it with the world as one of the most powerful accounts of the Holocaust.
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TV Show: The Secrets of Hillsong ( 2023 )
The Secrets of Hillsong is based on the explosive original reporting on the megachurch's scandals by Vanity Fair journalists Alex French and Dan Adler. Directed by Stacey Lee, The Secrets of Hillsong features the first interviews with former pastors Carl and Laura Lentz since their public ouster from the church, which for years counted musicians, actors, athletes and other celebrities among its flock.
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TV Show: Burden of Proof ( 2023 )
When 15-year-old Jennifer Pandos went missing in 1987, her parents told everyone she ran away. Decades later, her brother Stephen begins a relentless odyssey in search of the truth. His investigation into the case threatens to destroy his family as he becomes strongly convinced that his parents are both implicated in the crime. As time passes, more threads unravel and new evidence comes to light, Stephen starts to question everything he has come to believe.
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TV Show: Extraction ( 2020 )
Tyler Rake, a fearless black market mercenary, embarks on the most deadly extraction of his career when he's enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord.
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TV Show: I'm a Virgo ( 2023 )
I'm a Virgo is a darkly-comedic fantastical coming-of-age joyride about Cootie, a 13-foot-tall young Black man in Oakland, CA. Having grown up hidden away, passing time on a diet of comic books and TV shows, he escapes to experience the beauty and contradictions of the real world. He forms friendships, finds love, navigates awkward situations, and encounters his idol, the real life superhero named The Hero. I'm a Virgo is a mythical odyssey that questions the purpose of the mythical odyssey.
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TV Show: Full Circle ( 2023 )
An investigation into a botched kidnapping uncovers long-held secrets connecting multiple characters and cultures in present day New York City.
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TV Show: The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart ( 2023 )
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart tells the compelling story of a young girl, Alice Hart, whose violent childhood casts a dark shadow over her adult life. After a family tragedy in which she loses both her abusive father and beloved mother in a mysterious fire, 9-year-old Alice is taken to live with her grandmother June on a flower farm, where she learns that there are secrets within secrets about her and her family's past. Set against Australia's breathtaking, natural landscape, and with native wildflowers and plants providing a way to express the inexpressible, this enthralling family drama spans decades, as Alice grows from a child into a woman. Her journey is epic and visceral, building to an emotional climax as Alice finds herself fighting for her life against a man she loves.
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TV Show: Telemarketers ( 2023 )
Telemarketers chronicles the darkly comedic, unexpected 20-year journey of two unlikely office buddies, who stumble upon the murky truth behind the work they've been doing at a seedy New Jersey call center – persuading people to give money to charities – and vow to expose the crooked American telemarketing industry from within. As amateur sleuths looking to shine a light on the billion-dollar scam, with raucous insider access, raw eyewitness footage, and a comedic cast of call center characters, the film is a madcap story of an unruly, low-wage environment and two long-time office buddies who find themselves hot on the trail of a sobering look at the dark side of American capitalism and the misuse of consumer trust.
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TV Show: Deadlocked: How America Shaped the Supreme Court ( 2023 )
Weighing in on all rights protected by the Constitution, the nine unelected Justices of the Supreme Court have the final word on issues that impact our democracy and daily lives, including the right to privacy and access to the ballot. Deadlocked premieres at a profoundly consequential time, as Americans grapple with a Supreme Court drastically remade by former President Donald Trump; the historic confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson; the unprecedented leak from inside the Court's chambers; and the aftershock of the landmark Dobbs decision's effective reversal of Roe v. Wade. To understand this critical moment, the series travels back to the 1950s when Chief Justice Earl Warren heralded an era of progressive legal decisions spurred by the nation's changing values, paving the zigzagging path the country is still walking today. Deadlocked reveals how the Supreme Court's ideological balance has shifted over the years to reflect the hopes – and fears – of American citizens, exploring the interconnectedness between the Court's and the nation's future.
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TV Show: Savior Complex ( 2023 )
An investigation into the case of Renee Bach, the world of Christian missionaries, and the phenomenon of white saviors.
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TV Show: Lessons in Chemistry ( 2023 )
Set in the early 1950s, Lessons in Chemistry follows Elizabeth Zott, whose dream of being a scientist is put on hold in a society deeming that women belong in the domestic sphere, not the professional one. When Elizabeth finds herself pregnant, alone and fired from her lab, she musters the ingenuity only a single mother has. She accepts a job as a host on a TV cooking show, and sets out to teach a nation of overlooked housewives - and the men who are suddenly listening - a lot more than recipes... all the while craving a return to her true love: science. 
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TV Show: The Fall of the House of Usher ( 2023 )
To secure their fortune — and future — two ruthless siblings build a family dynasty that begins to crumble when their heirs mysteriously die, one by one.
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TV Show: Fellow Travelers ( 2023 )
Based on the novel by Thomas Mallon, the limited series Fellow Travelers is an epic love story and political thriller, chronicling the intertwined lives and volatile romance of two very different men who meet in the shadow of McCarthy-era Washington. Matt Bomer will play handsome, charismatic Hawkins "Hawk" Fuller, who maintains a financially rewarding, behind-the scenes career in politics. Hawkins avoids emotional entanglements - until he meets Tim Laughlin, a young man brimming with idealism and religious faith. They begin a romance just as Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn declare war on "subversives and sexual deviants", initiating one of the darkest periods in 20th-century American history. Over the course of four decades, Hawk and Tim cross paths through the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, the drug-fueled disco hedonism of the 1970s and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, while facing obstacles in the world and in themselves.
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TV Show: Expats ( 2024 )
Set against the backdrop of The Vertical City of Hong Kong, The Expatriates is a drama series that will explore the vibrant lives of a close-knit expatriate community: where affluence is celebrated, friendships are intense but knowingly temporary, and personal lives, deaths and marriages are played out publicly — then retold with glee.
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TV Show: Shōgun ( 2024 )
Shōgun, set in feudal Japan, charts the collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female samurai: John Blackthorne, a risk-taking English sailor who ends up shipwrecked in Japan, a land whose unfamiliar culture will ultimately redefine him; Lord Toranaga, a shrewd, powerful daimyo, at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals; and Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties, who must prove her value and allegiance.
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TV Show: American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders ( 2024 )
When journalist Danny Casolaro was found dead in a hotel bathtub, police ruled it a suicide. But his family and colleagues believe he may have been murdered for investigating a conspiracy he called "The Octopus" - a hidden organization connected to stolen government spy software, a string of unsolved murders, and some of the biggest political scandals of the 20th century. Years later, researcher Christian Hansen pushes to uncover the secrets behind Casolaro's death, and the story that killed him. 
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TV Show: God Save Texas ( 2024 )
Three directors offer their unique and personal perspectives on their home state of Texas, creating vivid portraits of a state that mirrors the United States' past, present, and future. Inspired by the book God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright.
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TV Show: Queens ( 2024 )
The wildest places on the planet have always been home to powerful leaders, but this is a story of a new hero – fierce, smart, resilient and ... female. Queens features matriarchies and female leaders around the world to tell a story of sacrifice and resilience but also of friendship and love. These Queens aren't always kind or gentle, letting nothing come between them and the success and safety of their families. Guided by award-winning actress Angela Bassett's powerful narration, Queens brings the natural world into focus through the female lens for the very first time. Four years in the making and helmed by a female-led production team from around the world – groundbreaking in the natural history space – the seven-part series leverages cutting-edge technology to reveal surprising insights into how females in the natural world rise to power, often relying on cooperation and wisdom over brute strength to get ahead. The final episode of the series celebrates the women who have gone to the ends of the Earth and dedicated their lives to documenting and protecting animal queens. We don't call her Mother Nature for nothing. All hail ... the Queens.
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TV Show: Apples Never Fall ( 2024 )
Based on Liane Moriarty's New York Times bestselling novel, Apples Never Fall centers on the seemingly picture-perfect Delaney family. Former tennis coaches Stan and Joy have sold their successful tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. While they look forward to spending time with their four adult children, everything changes when a wounded young woman knocks on Joy and Stan's door, bringing the excitement they've been missing. But when Joy suddenly disappears, her children are forced to re-examine their parents' so-called perfect marriage as their family's darkest secrets begin to surface.
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TV Show: We Were the Lucky Ones ( 2024 )
Based on Georgia Hunter's New York Times bestselling novel, the television adaptation of We Were the Lucky Ones is a limited series inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive and reunite. We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century's darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive. The series is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.
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TV Show: Ripley ( 2024 )
Ripley follows Tom Ripley, a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, who is hired by a wealthy man to try to convince his vagabond son, Dickie Greenleaf, who is living a comfortable, trust-funded ex-pat life in Italy, to return home. Tom's acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.
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TV Show: The Sympathizer ( 2024 )
An espionage thriller and cross-culture satire about the struggles of a half-French, half-Vietnamese communist spy during the final days of the Vietnam War and his resulting exile in the United States.A blistering exploration of identity and America, a gripping spy novel and a powerful story of love and friendship.
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TV Show: Franklin ( 2024 )
On a secret mission to France, Benjamin Franklin plays a sophisticated game of intrigue and seduction—with the fate of American independence hanging in the balance.
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TV Show: Under the Bridge ( 2024 )
Limited series based on Rebecca Godfrey's book about the 1997 true story of a fourteen-year-old who went to join friends at a party and never returned home14-year-old Reena Virk joined friends at a party and never returned home. Through the eyes of Godfrey and a local police officer, the series takes us into the hidden world of the young girls accused of the murder — revealing startling truths about the unlikely killer.