New to Amazon Prime: Dating Amber – Sincere coming-of-age rom-com reflects society’s progress – and the work still to do

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Kildare, Ireland. 1995. Two outcasts (Fionn O'Shea and Lola Petticrew) in their final year of school have more to contend with than homework and the boredom of life in rural Ireland – both are gay. To cover it up, they decide to start a pretend relationship in order to fit in. Dating Amber is a … Continue reading New to Amazon Prime: Dating Amber – Sincere coming-of-age rom-com reflects society’s progress – and the work still to do

New to Netflix: Da 5 Bloods – Spike Lee’s Vietnam war drama makes bold political statements, even if the conflict drags on

Four African-American vets reunite after years apart on a trip to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squadron leader and a stash of gold he helped them hide. But the Bloods will have to face the challenges of the Vietnamese jungle, bandits, and the unresolved trauma of their years spent at war before they … Continue reading New to Netflix: Da 5 Bloods – Spike Lee’s Vietnam war drama makes bold political statements, even if the conflict drags on

New to Netflix: Have a Good Trip – Comedy documentary about acid is a funny 90-minute joyride through the human mind

Becoming one with the bed. Helping to birth a calf. Hanging out with homeless people. Actors, musicians, and other celebrities share their sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, and always out-there stories about their experiences on acid. Strap yourself in – it’s going to be a helluva trip. One of the first lines in Have a Good … Continue reading New to Netflix: Have a Good Trip – Comedy documentary about acid is a funny 90-minute joyride through the human mind

New to Netflix: Tigertail – Taiwanese family drama will leave you misty eyed with a tale of missed opportunities

A Taiwanese factory worker (Hong-Chi Lee) with lofty aspirations leaves his homeland – and the love of his life – for New York and a new life. However, he struggles to balance his job and connecting with his wife. As the years go by, he becomes a shell of himself, full of regret and unable … Continue reading New to Netflix: Tigertail – Taiwanese family drama will leave you misty eyed with a tale of missed opportunities

One from TriCoast: Blood Hunters: The Rise of the Hybrids – Filipino action-thriller drags despite its rapid runtime

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A team of highly trained hunters and assassins, the Slayers, face down superhuman, beast-like cannibals known as Aswang terrorising local communities. It’s a matter of life or death as the groups collide with the fate of many lives at stake. Asian martial arts films have a peculiar appeal for fans of the action genre. As … Continue reading One from TriCoast: Blood Hunters: The Rise of the Hybrids – Filipino action-thriller drags despite its rapid runtime