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

New to Netflix: Uncut Gems – The Safdie/Sandler combo rages with hyperactive energy over a two-hour mood swing

Sleazy, well-connected New York jeweller Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler) comes into a rare black opal that may be his ticket to a major financial windfall. While flogging the jewel, Ratner tries to balance his high-stakes gambling habit, appease debt collectors, and keep his family life together. Since Uncut Gems co-directors and writers Josh and Benny … Continue reading New to Netflix: Uncut Gems – The Safdie/Sandler combo rages with hyperactive energy over a two-hour mood swing

One from TriCoast: My Hindu Friend – Deeply personal reflection on living life while facing death shines in parts

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Cancer-ridden film director Diego is sent to the US for bone marrow transplant surgery, uprooting his new wife Livia (Maria Fernanda Cândido) and throwing his family into chaos. Battling daily pain and potential death, Diego connects with a little boy (Rio Adlakha) also undergoing cancer treatment. Could his new friend be the key to surviving … Continue reading One from TriCoast: My Hindu Friend – Deeply personal reflection on living life while facing death shines in parts

1917 – Visionary epic delivers all of the grandeur and horror of World War One with the simplest story

Lance Corporals Blake and Schofield (Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay) are hurriedly dispatched to pass a message across the front halting another division from attacking the German lines. If the pair succeed, they will prevent 1,600 soldiers from dying – Blake’s brother among them – but to get there they must face every horror the … Continue reading 1917 – Visionary epic delivers all of the grandeur and horror of World War One with the simplest story

New to Netflix: Marriage Story – Divorce isn’t easy – but it is somehow equally sweet, funny, and terrible

Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) and Charlie (Adam Driver) are atop New York’s theatre scene and have a wonderful marriage – until Nicole’s demand for divorce changes everything. What starts as an amicable separation quickly snowballs into a coast-to-coast angry split, with both battling to retain what they had and forge a new life for themselves in … Continue reading New to Netflix: Marriage Story – Divorce isn’t easy – but it is somehow equally sweet, funny, and terrible

New to Netflix: The Irishman – Scorsese’s sprawling epic weaves gangsters into the fibre of American history beautifully

Understated truck driver Frank Sheeran (Robert DeNiro) is swept into the world of organised crime after meeting mob boss Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci). Frank soon becomes an enforcer and hitman, and a bit-part player in much of America’s history making moments in the 60s and 70s – including the presumed assassination of union leader Jimmy … Continue reading New to Netflix: The Irishman – Scorsese’s sprawling epic weaves gangsters into the fibre of American history beautifully

New to Netflix: The King – Dour royal drama doggedly aims to reinvent the Shakespearean story, and fails

Prince Henry (Timothée Chalamet) is forced to cast aside his drunken antics and issues with his family after his father dies and he becomes a king. But even as he tries to become a peaceful monarch, palace politics and conflict with France may make him the tyrant he always sought to reject. In Netflix’s world … Continue reading New to Netflix: The King – Dour royal drama doggedly aims to reinvent the Shakespearean story, and fails