THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA – Review by Susan Granger

If you’re into binge-watching, this ‘alternative reality’ mini-series is not only compelling but also timely, detailing the dangers of electing a politically naïve, ‘celebrity’ President, who subsequently forges dubious international alliances and enables prejudiced supporters to commit hate crimes.

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BAD EDUCATION – Review by Susan Granger

Based on a real embezzlement scheme that stunned suburban Roslyn, Long Island in 2004, it’s as timely as last year’s college admissions scandal. Perceptively acing a diabolically complicated character, Hugh Jackman oozes charismatic charm as the slick yet sinister administrator, a perfect counterpart to Allison Janney’s brash budget director.

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UNORTHODOX – Review by Susan Granger

Inspired by Deborah Feldman’s 2012 memoir, this revelatory four-part mini-series follows the religious rebellion of 19 year-old Esther “Esty” Shapiro (Israeli actress Shira Haas) as she escapes from her strictly traditional husband and family in Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidic community to fly to Germany with only a passport and some cash.

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MRS. AMERICA – Review by Susan Granger

It’s fascinating how many young people have never heard of Phyllis Schlafly and how many older folk have forgotten her grassroots opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment back in the 1970s. It’s dauntingly relevant to realize that – a century after female suffrage became the law of the land – there’s still no constitutional ban on discrimination against women.

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