SCOOP – Review by Susan Granger

Scoop, Netflix’s drama about the downfall of Prince Andrew, drives home the old proverb – “If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas” – a warning to be mindful of who we surround ourselves with and what behavior we condone. The plot of Scoop revolves around how – back in 2019 – the BBC secured an exclusive interview with the Duke of York about his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The broadcast ultimately triggered Andrew’s disgrace, confiscating his HRH title, patronages and removing him from Royal life.

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SCOOP – Review by Liz Braun

Prince Andrew is a prat and his handlers were fools to let him do that interview about Jeffrey Epstein with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis. That’s the main take-away in Scoop, a new Netflix feature that recreates the infamous 2019 interview that went so badly for the buffoonish prince that it altered his public role forever. Andrew came off as an entitled blowhard and the Epstein scandal just got bigger.

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THE FIRST LADY – Review by Susan Granger

I had such high hopes for Showtime’s 10-episode series, The First Lady, But, created by Aaron Cooley with Cathy Schulman as showrunner and stiffly directed by Suzanne Bier, the interlocking narratives, utilizing archival footage, are oddly structured, profiling First Ladies Betty Ford, Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt – before, during and after their East Wing experience.

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THE SUNLIT NIGHT – Review by Liz Braun

The Sunlit Night, a slight romantic comedy saturated in whimsy, has its moments — all of them courtesy Jenny Slate, playing a struggling artist trying to find herself in a remote corner of Norway. Director David Wnendt seems to have organized all the right bits and pieces but something happened in the process of putting them all together.

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