Netflix Reviews

The Upshaws return for an engaging fifth season

Season 5 of Netflix’s “The Upshaws” has arrived, welcoming back the patriarch, Bennie Upshaw (played by Mike Epps), and his family as they navigate life in the Hoosier state. The series continues to follow the lives of a Black working-class family living in Indianapolis. Bennie is a charming and well-intentioned mechanic who wants to provide for his family. Still, his tendency to overthink the simplest of situations and chaos often leads to humorous situations. The Upshaw family includes Bennie’s wife Regina (played by Kim Fields), their two young daughters Aaliyah (portrayed by Khali Daniya-Renee Spraggins) and Maya (played by Journey Christine), and their firstborn son Bernard (played by Jermelle Simon). Also living with them is Kelvin (Diamond Lyons), Bennie’s son, from another woman (Gabrielle Dennis).

Is It Cake Season 3 Serves Up More Family Fun

Comedian Mikey Day reunites with Netflix for Season 3 of the hit show Is It Cake. Deception is the name of the game for the world’s most talented bakers, who will compete to create hyper-realistic cakes that look exactly like everyday objects – with cash on the line. But are they good enough to deceive a panel of celebrity judges… and you? You’ll be asking yourself, ‘Is it real?’ Or…Is It Cake?”

Despite Adam Sandler’s best efforts, Spaceman doesn’t lift off

Adam Sandler reunites with Netflix for the Science Fiction drama, “Spaceman.” The movie is directed by Johan Renck and written by Colby Day, who adapted the novel “Spaceman of Bohemia” for the screen. The story revolves around Jakub (Adam Sandler), an astronaut who embarks on a solitary research mission to the solar system’s edge. After six months of isolation, Jakub realizes that his marriage with Lenka (Carey Mulligan) may be in jeopardy and not be waiting for him when he returns to Earth.

The chuckles are minimal in Mike Epps: Ready to Sell Out

Comedian Mike Epps has partnered with streaming giant Netflix again in his latest stand-up special titled “Mike Epps: Ready To Sell Out.” The special was directed by fellow comedian Royale Watkins and was filmed at the Gila Resorts & Casino in Phoenix, Arizona. Despite being in the comedy industry for three decades, Epps has had his fair share of ups and downs. While he has shown promise in films like “You People” and “Dolemite Is My Name,” his highly anticipated Richard Pryor biopic directed by Lee Daniels has been in development hell for years.

Leave The World Behind succeeds from the performances of Julia Roberts and Mahershala Ali

After dabbling in television for the last decade with the hit shows Mr. Robot and Homecoming, director Sam Esmail returns to features for his latest project, Leave The World Behind. The film is an adaptation of author Rumaan Alam’s same-titled 2020 novel. Amanda (Julia Roberts) and her husband Clay (Ethan Hawke) rent a luxurious home for the weekend with their kids, Archie (Charlie Evans) and Rose (Farrah Mackenzie), who want a break from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Raw and organic performances from Julianne Moore & Natalie Portman elevate May December

Todd Haynes, the acclaimed filmmaker, has collaborated with Samy Buch, a first-time screenwriter, to create their latest feature film, May December. The film takes a “ripped from the headlines” approach, with story elements resembling Mary Kay Letourneau’s. The film’s title deviates from the slang term “May-December relationship,” which refers to a romantic relationship between an older and younger partner.

Netflix’s in depth documentary Stamped From The Beginning Shatters the Myths and Reveals the truth

Williams’ documentary adaptation utilizes a groundbreaking animation process that merges live action with the art of the era to shed light on well-known and obscure figures and events, both historical and contemporary. Prominent female scholars and activists, such as Dr. Angela Davis, Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan, and Dr. Kendi, provide viewers with a powerful account of how racist stereotypes and imagery were created and institutionalized in American culture.

Your Lucky Day is a solid feature debut

Director Dan Brown expands his 2010 short Your Lucky Day into a same-titled full-length feature from Well Go USA. Brown also pens the film’s screenplay, which stars the late Angus Cloud in one of his last roles. The film takes place a few days before Christmas and introduces us to Sterling (Cloud), a petty drug dealer who falls victim to a stickup kid during his latest transaction.