Netflix’s ‘Maria’ is a trigger-happy B-movie

Mariarevolves around an assassin named, you guessed it Lily. The acting is stilted, which leads to some unintended laughs. The dialogue is as cursory as it can possibly be.Mariaoozes clichs. Its a shame because Maria shouldbe more fun than it is. Stunt coordinator Sonny Sison comes up with a couple of nice set pieces. There is an awesome fight sequence about two-thirds of the way into the film between Maria and a rival assassin Miru (Jennifer Lee) set in a bathroom. Between the choreography and the clarity of the cinematography and direction by Pao Orendain and Pedring Lopez, its a brutal and thrilling fight. Its a down and dirtier bout that may remind viewers of the bathroom-wrecking brawl between Tom …

‘Good Sam’ is a heartwarming mystery about selfless generosity

Good Sam In the film, broadcast journalist Kate Bradley (Tiya Sircar) believes people are incapable of doing acts of kindness without an ulterior motiveor at least in the hopes to get something in returnafter spending years on the bummer beat, where she primarily covers stories about crime and accidents. When shes assigned a story about a good Samaritan, who goes by the name Good Sam, and leaves bags filled with $100,000 in cash on doorsteps across New York City, Kate is skeptical of their true motives. Netflix Good Sam Unfortunately, the subplots of the film were less refreshing. Although Kate works for a major news station in one of the biggest broadcast markets in the country, conversations with her father …

These memorable movie scenes were totally unscripted

Christopher Abbott, Pico Alexander, and George Clooney in Hulu's 'Catch-22.'Image: Philipe Antonello / Hulu It couldn’t be more fitting that the latest adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 finds its home on Hulu, proud purveyors of dystopia.  The six-episode miniseries has been marketed mostly as a comedy, but as anyone familiar with Heller’s 1961 novel knows, that’s just a way to cheat the system. Make no mistake, friends, this is a war epic, and a searing, caustic commentary from the men inside it.  Catch-22 is the story of John Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a neurotic World War II bomb plane pilot whose only goal is to survive the war – by getting out of it. Yossarian and his unit have a mandatory …

Burger King launches line of ‘Unhappy Meals’ in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

'Street Food' brings hidden gems to the forefront of culinary TV.Image: M.Synchrony/Netflix We all have that one special place we like to eat. Whether it’s a little ramen shop in the East Village or a rickety taco stand on Buford Highway, this spot has your go-to order perfected, right down to the mouthwatering garnish and extra sauce. You know the names of everyone who works there. You’ve visited through breakups, promotions, tragedies, and achievements. This place is a culinary secret you’re happy to keep, but even more excited to share.  And yet, your place, however magical, rarely gets featured outside of your local food magazine, and seems to take more convincing for newcomers to visit than it ought to.  Street …

BTS’ world domination: How did we get here?

The luv for South Korean boy band BTS keeps growing.Image: Getty Images for The Recording ACADEMY Whether you’re a fan or not, it’s hard to ignore the immense rise of K-pop heavyweights BTS. The South Korean boy band has made an unprecedented break into mainstream Western culture. They’ve topped charts, broken YouTube records, and racked up much-hyped appearances on Saturday Night Live and awards shows like the Grammys. For K-pop fans, BTS has been big for a long time. But if you’re out of the loop, it’s fair to think the seven-member band popped out of obscurity before linking up with Halsey for a hit single and setting a record that hasn’t been achieved since The Beatles. The band’s social …

How to watch ‘Game of Thrones’ season 8, episode 3 for free

Buckle up, baby. Game of Thrones season 8, episode 3 will likely be one of the most iconic episodes in the history of the series. We’ve been warned of winter’s dangers since the beginning. Jon Snow has literally killed himself trying to get people to take the Army of the Dead seriously. Well, the time for threats is over. The big showdown is finally here. The Battle of Winterfellwhich fans have unofficially named this episode since HBO is not revealing titles in advanceis not only supposed to be one of the biggest social TV events in recent history but a filmmaking feat that puts even blockbuster movie productions to shame. HBO claims the Game of Thrones season 8 fight took 55 consecutive …

Lana Condor gives Valentines to her favorite rom-coms

DeWanda Wise, Gina Rodriguez, and Brittany Snow play three college besties all grown up in Netflix's 'Someone Great.'Image: sarah shatz/netflix Not every Netflix movie can be great, even if you invoke greatness in the title. Someone Great, which feels like a rom-com but technically isn’t, has a crackling cast and snappy dialogue, but it lacks the x-factor of the sparkling original films among which it tries to stand. Someone Great tells the story of Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) on the day after she breaks up with Nate (Lakeith Stanfield), her boyfriend of nine years. Jenny urges her best friends Blair (Brittany Snow) and Erin (DeWanda Wise) to bunk work and join her for a day of drinking, drugs, and a big …