Watchmen (HBO)

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Watchmen follows Angela Abar (Regina King) who is a cop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After cops are being repeatedly targeted by the white supremist group, The Seventh Calvary, Angela’s world gets turned upside down and she unexpectedly learns her family history.

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When They See Us (Netflix)

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When They See Us is about the story of the Central Park Five where 5 boys (4 African-American and one Hispanic) are taken into questioning for the rape of a female jogger. The police don’t hold back and they are beaten and mistreated while in custody. The series follows these boys before their questioning and follows them through the aftermath.

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Knock Down the House (2019)

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Knock Down the House is a documentary that follows four female candidates – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin – who are running grassroots campaign for the House of Representative election of 2018. This documentary directed by Rachel Lears showcases the nitty-gritty side of political campaigning.

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Long Shot (2019)

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Long Shot stars Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron as a down on his luck journalist named Fred Flarsky and Charlotte Field, the Secretary of State. They used to know each other and bump into each other unexpectedly at an event. The Secretary launches a environmental campaign around the world and hires Rogen’s character to write her speeches. They quickly becomes friends and something more starts to happen, but can this unlikely couple make things work?

Long Shot pleasantly surprised me, Seth Rogen comedies are about 50/50 for me, but this is definitely one of his better ones. I did laugh pretty consistently throughout the film, but there were a few jokes that didn’t land with me. This film is weirdly over the top but also a bit plausible in today’s political landscape.

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Vice (2018)

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Vice surrounds Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) throughout his young life to his Vice Presidency under George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell).

Vice is an interesting film to say the least. The film leans towards the left side of the political sphere and is very anti-Cheney. It’s not your typical biopic, but some of the elements McKay uses in the film clash together and, at times, it feels like the movie doesn’t know what it wants to be.

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The Death of Stalin (2018)

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The Death of Stalin revolves around, well, the death of Joseph Stalin. After word of Stalin’s illness, his committee scheme and bumble around trying to save their leader and his ideals, but also ready to take over and steal some of the other’s power.

The film stars Steve Buschemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale, among many others. All giving pretty fantastic performances. Buchesmi and Beale are more of the masterminds, while Tambor comes off a weak, not knowing what to do as Stalin’s next in line. The committee also constantly tries to sabotage each other, giving each other tasks that anyone or added work that these people clearly do not want to do.

One thing that does bother me about this film (and about many films) is that this film is supposed to take place in Russia, but absolutely no one in this film speaks Russian or uses a Russian accent. All the actors speak using their usual voices, though the film does make up for this with the setting. The Soviet armband is used, red is constantly seen throughout the film, casual mentions of killings are also used, so the viewer does know that this takes place in Soviet Russia.

The comedy however does work very well in the film, though nothing is really inventive or new in the way comedy is used in the film. If I were to describe this film in one word it would be dysfunctional. If you are a fan of the show Veep, which I have recently gotten into, I would suggest checking this film out, the director, Armando Iannucci, created the show and the film has the same style of humor.

I give Death of Stalin a B.

One Day at a Time Seasons 1 & 2 (Netflix)

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One Day at a Time is a comedy Netflix original series surrounding the Alvarez family. A misfit, Latino family living in LA. This series is a typical sitcom, but one I enjoyed due to its social commentary on many problems people face today.

Penelope (Justina Machado) is a divorced mother of her two kids, Elena (Isabella Gomez) and Alex (Marcel Ruiz) struggling to balance work and motherhood as a recent Army veteran. She has an overbearing Cuban mother who lives with her and an annoying landlord who seems to always be in her home.

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The Post (2017)

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The Post stars Meryl Streep as the owner of the Washington Post and Tom Hanks as the editor of the newspaper. It’s directed by Steven Spielberg and revolves around the conflict of the Pentagon papers about the war in Vietnam getting leaked by the New York Times and the conflict that lands on Katharine Graham (Streep) on whether or not her paper should continue to leak the rest of it and expose the government.

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