‘Black Mirror’ season 5 needs to recalibrate its approach

Black MirrorLike its early seasons, the long-awaited Black Mirrorseason 5 is just three episodes. Its perhaps a bookend to DecembersFirst, the so-so episode: Smithereens features There are moments when the episode touches on reality: Smithereens COO quickly psychoanalyzes Chris based on his posts, and fellow employees become detectives with unfettered access to personal data. The companys Jack Dorsey-esque founder (a shirtless Topher Grace) is interrupted on a silent retreat to address the situation and speak with Chris, and he cant help but feed him talking points. Netflix referencedBandersnatchThe least successful episode with the highest-profile star is Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too, which stars Miley Cyrus as Ashley O., a pop star whos grown weary of having to put on a …

Netflix revisits ‘Tales of the City’ with diverse, relevant limited series

Tales of the City Twenty-five years later, Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis) returns to TVon a streaming service, at leastand welcomes a fresh, more diverse cast to the iconic 28 Barbary Lane. Tales of the City , Mary Ann (Laura Linney) revisits present-day San Francisco to celebrate the 90th birthday of Anna, the transgender landlady whos home at 28 Barbary Lane has been a safe haven for the LGBTQIA community for decades. Upon being reunited with her adopted daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), Mary Ann decides to stick around 28 Barbary Laneright when Anna needs her family-by-choice most. The Netflix limited series continues the story of the books, complete with several familiar characters, which began in 1978 …

Here’s what (we think) happened to everyone after the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale

Was Bran a good ruler?Image: helen sloan / hbo The end Game of Thrones left fans with so many open ended questions. Namely: What happens to all their favorite characters after the show? We looked into where everyone went and what happened to them after the cameras stopped rolling and put together these post-Thrones biographies. Some of them had happy endings. Some of them didn’t really do much after the final episode. Here’s where your favorite Game of Thrones ended up. Arya Stark Image: Helen sloan / hbo Arya sailed west of Westeros with a crew of hesitant sailors that really thought she was out of her mind trying to find something other than open ocean. After sailing for a …

Plastic water bottle appears in ‘Game of Thrones’ finale

Image: hbo HBO’s Deadwood is perhaps known best for its creative use of profanity, its poetic dialogue, and its showcasing of star Ian McShane’s considerable acting talents. But there’s a common refrain about the HBO series that tends to get shouted louder than any of those other points whenever the subject comes up: It died too young. The show ended without fanfare in 2006 after HBO opted against a fourth season. Creator David Milch moved on shortly thereafter to the failed “surf noir,” John From Cincinnati. But fans have been chasing closure on Deadwood ever since. Well, it’s finally happening. On May 31, HBO will release a two-hour Deadwood movie set 10 years after the events of the third season. …

What to stream with your mom this Mother’s Day

Image: bob al-greene / mashable Whether you’re taking the whole family out for celebratory brunch or sending flowers and a card to your long-distance mom, it’s never too late to sneak a movie or show into your Mother’s Day plans. Streaming now, here are 15 movies and series about the magical art of mothering, perfect for watching with your mom this weekend. Note: Many of the films and shows on this list are not suitable for all ages, so we’ve marked the kid-friendliest options with an asterisk (*) for your knowledge. Enjoy!  1. Mamma Mia! (2008)and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)  You haven’t lived until you and your mom have belted “Waterloo” as a team. Starring Meryl Streep, …