GRINGA – Review by Liz Braun

Steve Zahn and Jess Gabor are two good reasons to see Gringa, an otherwise formulaic father-daughter/coming-of-age/ young-love/ Mexican-American/ fish-out-of-water/ surf & soccer/ kind of drama. This is the sort of movie critics shun and audiences love. Co-directors Marny Eng and E.J. Foerster keep a light touch throughout, and that’s a bit of a balancing act, as some of the material is quite dark. Luckily, the magic of movies permits life-altering trauma — parental death, alcoholism, bulimia — to vanish in the twinkling of a beautiful sunset.

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THE WHITE LOTUS – Review by Martha K Baker

Set in a luxurious Hawaiian resort, The White Lotus is about entitlement, or “enwhitelment,” as a comedian labeled it, with people of color at the beck of white people as described by creator Mike White. But it’s also about political correctness, parenting, and complicity, about secrets and stealing and sex. The White Lotus satisfactorily delivers, just remember that “Aloha” means both “hello” and “goodbye.”

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THE WHITE LOTUS – Review by Susan Granger

As the plot of Mike White’s new HBO series unfolds, it’s as if Fantasy Island merged with The Love Boat. In the opening shot, a casket is being loaded onto a plane. It’s a mysteriously ominous beginning that soon shifts to a tropical island where smiling Armond , the smarmy resort manager, and his newly hired assistant Lani prepare to welcome new guests as they arrive at the luxurious White Lotus Hotel.

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