SERIOUSLY RED – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

With her homespun humor, sharp wit, and undeniable talent, Dolly Parton is a beloved inspiration—not just in the United States but around the world. Yet what makes someone want to be Dolly 24-7 gets short shrift in the dramatic comedy Seriously Red. Writer and star Krew Boylan is a likable and believable Parton impersonator in this tale about finding your voice in someone else’s heels, but the humor and emotional beats never fully click. Seriously Red has loads of affection for Parton, but its character development is only skin-deep.

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PHYSICAL – Review by Susan Granger

I’m stunned that this Apple TV+ half-hour comedy-drama series was renewed for a second season. Set in the 1980s, it revolves around troubled Sheila Rubin (Rose Byrne), a svelte housewife/mom who has an inexplicably strange self-image, resulting in chronic bulimia, a serious eating disorder. This is manifested by her buying lots of fast-food, then taking it to a motel room, where she gorges and purges.

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PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY – Review by Susan Granger

In 2018 when the Sony released the first ‘hip’ hybrid live-action/digital-animation adventure, I was less than enchanted by mischievous Peter (voiced by James Cordon). Nevertheless, on a $50 million budget, it earned $351.13 million worldwide. Hence, this sequel….

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Dahvi Waller Premieres MRS. AMERICA on FX/Hulu – Brandy McDonnell reports

Primetime Emmy-winning writer and producer Dahvi Waller, whose premier previous credits include Mad Men and Halt and Catch Fire was looking for an intriguing angle to delve into 1970s feminism, and she found it in Mrs. America.

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JULIET, NAKED – Review by Susan Granger

Following in her late father’s footsteps, Annie (Rose Byrne) manages a municipal history museum in Sandcliff, a British seaside town, while struggling to maintain her long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O’Dowd), who is obsessed with ‘90s alternative-pop rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke), now vanished into obscurity. When an unreleased Tucker Crowe demo ‘Juliet, Naked’ arrives in the mail, Duncan is ecstatic. Sensible Annie is far more critical of the motley selection of outtakes, expressing her distaste in an acerbic comment on Duncan’s website.

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