This adaptation of Bonnie Garmus’ novel of the same name is set against the backdrop of the ’60s patriarchal society. It follows the life of the chemist, portrayed by Brie Larson, who finds herself out of work and all alone following an unexpected pregnancy. This show has a lot of drama at its core, but despite its serious intentions, “Lessons in Chemistry” also has a lot of humor.
Larson gave a stunning performance with her character’s journey from zero to hero, as she ultimately gets to host a cooking show, in which she teaches the desperate housewives at the time a lot more than just cooking. The timeline may be jumpy, and the perspective may be shifting, but somehow, the messy structure creates some of the most touching moments.
This sweet seven-episode limited series stars Idris Elba as the main character. In this thriller, a flight from Dubai to London gets hijacked by terrorists, whereby Elba acts as the intermediate. And that's the good thing about Elba's character — he is a brilliant negotiator in the business world, which makes him the perfect hero to negotiate with the hijackers.
Each episode depicts an hour of the seven-hour flight, so there's a good sense of the ticking time bomb that could go off. This is unlike the roles that Elba has played in the past, and he utterly knocks it out of the park. This could be your next watch if you're keen on an intense thriller!
Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie
The Oscar-winning Davis Guggenheim from "An Inconvenient Truth" directed this biographical documentary. It follows the Canadian and American activist and now retired actor Michael J. Fox, who had to put his career on hold due to an early onset of Parkinson's disease.
This production works because it encapsulates the 1980s legend's optimistic aura, whose wit and charm turn this into an uplifting tale rather than what could have been a sappy story. Guggenheim has a unique way of using classic clips of Fox to push the narrative in the right direction, and this biography will only remind you how epic Fox was and still is.
"Boys State" was probably one of the best documentaries to come out of 2020. It chronicles the 'Boys State' summer camp from Texas that the American Legion sponsors. In this annual camp, over 1000 boy high schools assemble to make their own two-party government, which gets kitted out with actual elections, voting, and, of course, smearing campaigns.
It sheds light on what the future of America could be like with the pitfalls of the current political system in the States, and it also exhibits the hyper-masculinity that defines a lot of teenage boys nowadays. Beyond all of that, the filmmaking is superbly stunning, almost making it feel like a scripted movie over an independent doc, which we think is a major compliment in this case. If you enjoyed "Kid Nation" or "Lord of the Flies," then we'd bet you're going to love this one.
There is certainly a morbid quality lurking underneath the surface when it comes to Elizabeth Moss. If you are a fan of this talented actress's other performances, like in "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Invisible Man," and "Top of the Lake," then prepare for more of the same in "Shining Girls." Warning — this show is ironically named.
In short, Moss portrays a lady who is trying to track down the criminal who has already attacked her. There is one catch though — her character keeps ending up in alternate realities. The person who got her and the case itself are the only things that stay the same throughout. It goes without saying, but Moss is fantastic in the role. Oh by the way, Leonardo DiCaprio produced the show — another reason to watch it.