Category Archives: New TV Reviews

The Wizard of Lies

ONLY THOSE YOU TRUST CAN TRULY BETRAY YOU.  After the ABC miniseries Madoff (2016) came this HBO movie that also paints a portrait of the admired Wall Street tycoon who turned out to have built a Ponzi scheme over decades, the greatest financial fraud in U.S. history. We learn how Madoff orchestrated his scheme and … Continue reading The Wizard of Lies

Killing Jesus

National Geographic’s third TV movie to be based on Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s lightweight historical books takes on Christ with unimpressive results. The story of the carpenter’s life and death has been chronicled so many times that this adaptation, which is sorely lacking in ambition, is imminently forgettable. The focus lies on the Jewish … Continue reading Killing Jesus

Big Little Lies

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIE. A star-studded miniseries that takes us to an affluent Monterey community and primarily its women. At first, we in the audience learn that police are investigating a murder but the victim remains a secret to us until the last episode. What plays out before that is a stylishly directed soap opera … Continue reading Big Little Lies

In Treatment: Pushing Patients

I’ve never been in therapy, but have always been curious about it. I do have a friend who was simply unable to put a destructive relationship behind him once and for all. What went on during the therapy sessions concerns only him and his doctor, but it was obvious that things would not look up … Continue reading In Treatment: Pushing Patients

And Then There Were None

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S DARKEST THRILLER.  In 1939, ten strangers are invited to a mansion on a remote island off the coast of Devon; none of them knows who their mystery host is, but soon the murders begin… Another adaptation of the oft-filmed Agatha Christie classic, but this miniseries must be ranked as one of the best. … Continue reading And Then There Were None

The Night Manager

THE DEEPER YOU GO THE DARKER IT GETS.  Cairo hotel night manager Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston) is provided with secret documents by a mysterious woman; after showing them to a friend in British intelligence, he is enlisted as an undercover agent. This miniseries adaptation of John le Carré’s first post-Cold War novel is skilfully helmed … Continue reading The Night Manager

Sharknado: The Fourth Awakens

Five years after the events in the last film, new technology uses radio waves to defuse tornados, but Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) learns during a visit to Las Vegas that it’s no guarantee against sharknados. This third sequel looks and feels like something that would come years after a phenomenon ended. Jumps from city to … Continue reading Sharknado: The Fourth Awakens