BOSTON STRANGLER – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

The Hulu crime drama Boston Strangler is a decent journalism time capsule that aligns more with 2015’s Spotlight than with a suspenseful thriller like Silence of the Lambs. A mood piece with a core mystery much like 2007’s Zodiac—complete with similar gray-green cinematography and lighting—the film focuses more on the women journalists who broke the story of this real-life 1960s serial killer than the investigation itself. The insider’s view of the newsroom and the sexism these women faced proves compelling, although true crime fans will find the procedural details and ambivalent resolution frustrating.

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THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD – Review by Diane Carson

Originally released in 1991 and recently restored, Thousand Pieces of Gold presents a refreshing perspective on the story of a Mongolian girl sold as a bride in 1880s Oregon and is admirable in its assertion of female agency, but the story feels sentimental, safe and predictable, especially post HBO’s Deadwood and other revisionist westerns.

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