THE DIPLOMAT – Review by Susan Granger

If you enjoyed watching Keri Russell in FX’s The Americans, follow her as she switches sides as an insecure American Ambassador in Netflix’ The Diplomat. Smart ‘n’ savvy Kate Wyler (Keri Russell) is a longtime Foreign Service officer, specializing in delicate negotiations in the Middle East. Just as she’s about the leave for a new post in Kabul, she’s abruptly dispatched as Ambassador to the United Kingdom – taking up residence in Winfield House, near London’s Regent’s Park.

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COCAINE BEAR – Review by Susan Granger

According to the news in 1985, 40 pounds of cocaine was dropped from a bungled aerial drug run into the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia in September; the 175-pound black bear that ate much of it was found dead in December. While the action-comedy caper Cocaine Bear is loosely based on that story, screenwriter Jimmy Warden depicts a much different situation – following a giant, cocked-up, apex predator on a rampage through the woods, hunting for as much blow as possible.

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COCAINE BEAR – Review by Rachel West

It doesn’t really matter who the characters are or what their motivations are, because at the end of the day, this movie isn’t about them, it’s about a bear high on cocaine. We don’t need to care about any of the characters and Jimmy Warden’s script doesn’t really give us room to because it doesn’t matter. The high points of the story are all about the drugged-out bear looking for its next fix and the people are just around to inadvertently give it access to more cocaine and become snacks.

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ADRIENNE – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Adrienne is Andy Ostroy’s tribute to the beloved filmmaker Adrienne Shelly – who happens to be his late wife – and his effort to keep her memory and important contributions to the industry alive. Early in the film, Ostroy asks theatergoers waiting on line for Waitress, the musical, if they’ve heard of Adrienne Shelly. Despite the fact that her name is prominent on the marquee, none of them have. This movie, along with the foundation Ostroy created in Shelly’s name to support women filmmakers, will go a long way toward changing that.

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Lynn Novick on HEMINGWAY, the Myth and Women – April Neale interviews

PBS brings Hemingway to the small screen beginning on April 5, told in three episode series. Award-winning filmmakers Lynn Novick and Ken Burns’ latest documentary series features one of America’s most famous authors, Ernest Hemingway. The film spans the author’s lifetime, from Hemingway’s early days as a boy discovering the natural world with his father, to his early journalism career before becoming America’s most famous, modern 20th century author.

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