LIZ WHITTEMORE helms ReelNewsDaily.com, hosts Girls On Film Podcast, blogs horror at I SCREAM YOU SCREAM, serves as a member of Team #MOTW and as an AWFJ Board Member.

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THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT – Review by Martha K Baker

The Year of the Rabbit is the most ridiculous series on television — and that’s good news. This police-procedural, streaming on Topic, is knee-slappingly funny. Take one burly, tough, blow-hard, inebriated cop. Park him in the late Victorian Age in the East End of London and turn him loose on crime.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: PBS launches female trailblazer series with TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM – Brandy McDonnell reports

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, a compelling documentary about the legendary Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will have its U.S. broadcast premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 23 on PBS (check local listings), as part of PBS’ summer-long celebration of women trailblazers.

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SUZI Q – Review by Sarah Ward

Australia-based filmmaker Liam Firmager chronicles Suzi Quatro’s life with a wealth of archival clips from her girl band beginnings to Happy Days and on camera commentaries by a roster of star rockers, but what makes Suzi Qso special is Quatro’s frequent presence in present-day on-camera interviews. Quatro on Quatro is always something special.

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DIRT MUSIC – Review by April Neale

Dirt Music would have made a brilliant TV series, there is so much character and backstory to unpack. That is the biggest criticism for this epic love triangle set in the sweeping expanse of arid Western Australia. Placed in the right hands, it could have been the next Netflix hit potboiler — the Ozark of Australia.

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DADDY ISSUES – Review by Sarah Ward

Henrietta and her friends grapple with the vast chasm between hopes and reality — and, weathering that gap day by day, making poor decisions they’ll eventually learn from. There’s an air of every finding-yourself comedy about twentysomethings tussling with maturity, and every romantic comedy about not always seeing what’s right in front of you.

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Ron Howard Talks DADS – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

Director, Bryce Dallas Howard set out to create a tribute film to her father, Ron Howard, but through the process, produced a movie to which we can all relate. Dads features Hollywood celebrity dads telling funny and serious anecdotes about their kids with sure-fire delivery that brightens your spirits. Here’s what principal dad Ron Howard has to say about his daughter’s directorial debut.

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MR JONES – Review by Kathia Woods

Mr. Jones is a timely film that focuses on a topic that we find ourselves once again grappling with: Truth in journalism. As our country is fighting for Democracy, accountability and truth, we too often find ourselves struggling to answer the question ‘how did we get here, to this troubled time in our history?’ Mr. Jones answers this question beautifully — but looking back to another troubled time in history when the subject in focus is the Soviet Union and the historic event is the Ukraine famine of 1932-33.

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MISS JUNETEENTH – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Writer-director Channing Godfrey Peoples’s feature debut is a beautiful cinematic experience, bursting with a gorgeous sense of place and character the likes of which are rarer onscreen than they should be. Nicole Beharie brings a strength and a weariness to Turquoise Jones, a former beauty queen and single mom trying to make a better life for her teen daughter.

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