Category Archives: New TV Reviews

Bloodline

Initially a critically lauded Netflix drama from the creators of Damages (2007-2012) that also used flashbacks as clues to something sinister that had happened in the past; here, they were haunting a prominent Florida Keys family, the Rayburns. Everything came to a head when the oldest son and the family’s black sheep, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), … Continue reading Bloodline

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

DISCOVER WHAT YOU ARE MADE OF.  When journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne) decides to write a book about the African-American woman whose cancer cells changed history, she learns how much the family has suffered over the decades. This reality-based film becomes primarily a showcase for Oprah Winfrey, who’s very strong as one of Henrietta Lacks’s … Continue reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Kennedys: After Camelot

Six years after The Kennedys came this follow-up, which focuses on Jacqueline Kennedy’s (Katie Holmes) life after the murder of her husband, as she falls in love with Greek shipping tycoon Ari Onassis (Alexander Siddig); and Ted Kennedy (Matthew Perry), who’s battling his own demons and the burden of being part of a family where you … Continue reading The Kennedys: After Camelot

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