New to Netflix: Pieces of a Woman – Emotionally wearing drama boasts powerful performances but drifts through an indifferent narrative

When a mother's (Vanessa Kirby) home birth ends in horrendous tragedy, her relationships with her husband (Shia LaBeouf) and loved ones begin to slowly drift and deteriorate over a year-long odyssey of mourning and misery. Can she survive the unfathomable grief and find meaning in her life again? Pieces of a Woman is nothing if … Continue reading New to Netflix: Pieces of a Woman – Emotionally wearing drama boasts powerful performances but drifts through an indifferent narrative

New to Netflix: Malcolm & Marie – Stylish drama pits lovers against one another in a brutal and beautiful battle of wills

Director Malcolm (John David Washington) and his girlfriend Marie (Zendaya) arrive home from the premiere of his debut film. He pours himself a drink. She makes Mac n Cheese. And they watch one another. As the night drags on, the pair start to argue. Bitter pasts are revisited, old wounds reopened, and by morning nothing … Continue reading New to Netflix: Malcolm & Marie – Stylish drama pits lovers against one another in a brutal and beautiful battle of wills

New to Netflix: Savage – Rough and ready drama shines a light on state abuse over generations and NZ’s ugly gang culture

Wellington, 1989. Damage (Jake Ryan) is the brutal enforcer of one of the region’s most notorious gangs – but he wasn’t always. He once was Danny, a scared young boy abandoned by his family and failed by the government. Living in a state home for young boys, he befriends Moses (John Tui) and the two … Continue reading New to Netflix: Savage – Rough and ready drama shines a light on state abuse over generations and NZ’s ugly gang culture

New to Netflix: The Vigil – Tense Hasidic horror brings demons and repressed PTSD to an eerily quiet New York setting

Yakov (Dave Davis), a down-on-his-luck former member of New York’s Orthodox Jewish community, agrees to a job keeping watch over a deceased man the night before his burial. However, in the dead of night he’s faced with a malevolent entity that forces him to revisit repressed memories and long-buried pain to survive. The woes that … Continue reading New to Netflix: The Vigil – Tense Hasidic horror brings demons and repressed PTSD to an eerily quiet New York setting

New to Netflix: The Midnight Sky – The sky was the limit for Clooney’s sci-fi film; but it was brought back to Earth by unremarkable acting and a confused narrative

Augustine (George Clooney) is a scientist with a terminal illness left behind on Earth to face the effects of a mysterious global catastrophe. But when his isolation is interrupted by the impending return of a group of astronauts, he must race against time to warn them of the danger. It’s been four years since George … Continue reading New to Netflix: The Midnight Sky – The sky was the limit for Clooney’s sci-fi film; but it was brought back to Earth by unremarkable acting and a confused narrative