2 Broke Girls’ Kat Dennings stars in this US sitcom about a young woman who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.
“Ultimately, the series really works because of the strong performances. … Dollface leans into Dennings’ innate charms. She’s a great everywoman trying to navigate the tricky landscape of female friendships in your twenties,” wrote Paste Magazine’s Amy Amatangelo.
GANGS OF LONDON (NEON)
The Raid director Gareth Evans is the creator of this 10-part UK drama which tells the story of the city being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of the international gangs that control it and the sudden power vacuum that’s created when the head of London’s most powerful crime family is assassinated.
“If you are nightmare-free, or not made peaky by the Blinders’ ways with a switchblade, you are in for a treat. Even the most brutal bits look beautiful and the story whips by so fast you will barely notice, much less care, that none of it is particularly new,” wrote The Guardian’s Lucy Mangan.
HIGH FIDELITY (NEON)
Boasting the same direct-to-camera addresses, hip soundtrack and smart dialogue that marked out the hit 2000 movie adaptation of Nick Hornby’s much loved novel,, Bull and Ugly Betty writers Sarah Kucserka and Veronica West’s gender-swapped “reimagining” benefits greatly from Zoe Kravitz’s (Mad Max: Fury Road) charisma and a scene-stealing turn from Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite is My Name) as her high-spirited employee Cherise.
If nothing else, what you’ll take away from this entertaining 10-part series is that you can judge a person by their playlist.
LOVE LIFE (TVNZ ONDEMAND)
Anna Kendrick plays Darby Carter, a young woman trying to navigate life and, yes, love in New York City in this 10-part rom-com. The show’s twist is that it charts all of her relationships, from short-term flings to long-term partnerships.
Trading heavily on Kendrick’s charisma, her self-deprecating humour and comedic timing, without her chutzpah and vulnerability, the show’s lightweightness would be more easily exposed. With her, it’s still not quite as addictive as Amazon Prime Video’s Modern Love, but will likely become an easy short-term infatuation, especially for fans of the self-confessed “scrappy little nobody”.
New Zealand’s own Rachel House joins a host of Australia’s finest (Cate Blanchett, Asher Keddie, Yvonne Strahovski, Jai Courtney, Marta Dusseldorp) for this six-part drama which centres on four strangers at an immigration detention centre. It was partly inspired by the real-life story of Cornelia Rau, an Australian permanent resident who was unlawfully detained under the Australian Government’s mandatory detention programme.
“This is exceptional filmmaking, from the writing and direction to the casting and the way the cinematographers have captured the distinctive quality of the light in the South Australian desert. It is absolutely compelling, a ripping yarn,” wrote The Age’s Melinda Houston.
TINY CREATURES (NETFLIX)
Directed by Planet Earth II’s Emmy-winning cinematographer Jonathan Jones and narrated by Luke Cage himself Mike Colter this natural history series magnifies some of the world’s smallest wildlife.
It promises to showcase a variety of little critters as they set off on epic journeys across the US.
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY (NETFLIX)
Having been scattered across the 1960s after the events of season 1’s finale, the Hargreeves siblings are back for another 10-part season. Facing a new nuclear threat and Swedish assassins, Five (Aidan Gallagher) has to find a way to unite the family before it is too late.
“Employing dry Wes Anderson-style humour and end-of-the-world exploits worthy of Heroes, the second season of The Umbrella Academy is just as – if not more – wacky than the first,” wrote The Independent’s Sabrina Barr.
WORLD’S MOST WANTED (NETFLIX)
Lovers of the global streaming service’s penchant for true crime should check out this docu-series covering the crime of five of the world’s most infamous criminals, the crimes they committed and how they’ve evaded capture for so long.
Among those profiled are Brit Samantha Lewthwaite, aka The White Widow, who is accused of causing the death of 400 people because of her involvement in the Islamic militant group, al-Shabaab, and Russian organised crime boss Semion Mogilevich.
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