“Flack,” the new dramedy on Amazon Prime, created by Oliver Lansley, nails the nasty, creative and thankless profession of the celebrity publicist. Lansley, a playwright and television writer, is also an established British actor with many episodic credits. He has, no doubt, over the years observed variations on the behaviors portrayed on the show, as…

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“Acasa, My Home,” directed by Radu Ciorniciuc and co-written by Ciorniciuc and Lina Vdovii, is that rare film that seems to straddle the line of documentary and scripted feature. Perhaps hybrid cinema-verité would be more accurate. Ciorniciuc follows the travails of the Enache family through their transition from nature squatters to unnatural members of a…

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“My Little Sister,” written and directed by Stéphanie Cuat and Véronique Reymond is a thoughtful and deep look at the bonds both breakable and unbreakable in family. Lisa, played by the exquisite Nina Hoss (“Phoenix”), is first seen lying in a hospital bed, hooked up to interminable tubes and fluids. But it is not she…

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Still atop the New York Times list of must-see TV, “Spiral” (“Engrenages”), the police drama from France, launches its eighth and final season on January 5 on MHz Choice, with a release of a new episode each week. Marine Francou supervised the writing staff on what was her plotline for this season. She doesn’t disappoint.…

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“Louis van Beethoven,” written and directed by Niki Stein, is film biography of the composer better known as Ludwig. Made for German television, “Louis van Beethoven” has all the production values of a fine film. And a fine film it is, indeed. Stein has chosen to frame the history of one of the greatest composers…

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“The Art of Political Murder,” directed by Paul Taylor, based on Francisco Goldman’s book of the same name, is filmmaking in its highest form. This documentary will leave you breathless from the breadth and depth of its storytelling. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is life-changing, revealing unheard of cruelty as well…

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“Education,” the fifth in writer-director Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” series about West Indian life in London, receives a failing grade. Co-written with Alastair Siddons, “Education” was intended to illustrate the segregation and prejudice that begins early in the British educational system. Revealing this systemic bias in the story of bright-eyed, exuberant, and often inappropriate Kingsley…

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“Farewell Amor,” written and directed by Ekwa Msangi, is a thoughtful, deep dive into the meaning of family, separation, and cultural divides. It is an exquisite, slow unveiling of the collision of culture, belief structures, and familial chasms that develop over distances, both in miles and minds. Msangi, dipping into her own family history, tells…

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“The Weasels’ Tale,” a delightfully frothy film directed by Oscar winner Juan José Campanella (“The Secret in their Eyes”), co-writing with Darren Kloomok, is a high wire act in a circus of the expected and the surprising. Synopsizing this film would be impossible without revealing spoilers throughout, as this is a story at once predictable…

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“The Accidental Wolf,” written and directed by Arian Moayed, is a hybrid in many ways. Part thriller, part psychological drama, part family crisis, part conspiracy theory, “The Accidental Wolf” explores all of these aspects through the eyes of Katie Bonner, a wealthy Manhattan housewife and new mother. The world of Katie and her workaholic attorney…

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“A Chef’s Voyage,” directed by Rémi Anfosso, is a culinary journey planned and executed by David Kinch, the chef and owner of Manresa, a Michelin three-star restaurant in Los Gatos, California. Kinch, who wanted to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his restaurant, decided to shut down Manresa for a month and take his crew, his…

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A quartet of classic Ealing Brothers British comedies has just been digitally restored and released on DVD and Blu-ray. The Ealing Film Studios were famous throughout the world for the comedies they produced in the 40s and 50s and the stars they highlighted. The films included in this set have been valued and sought after…

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“The Killing Floor,” originally released in 1984 as part of the PBS series “American Playhouse,” is being re-released on Blu-Ray and DVD after a 4K restoration by UCLA. Written by Leslie Lee from a story by Elsa Rassbach, there is also an adaptation credit given to Ron Milner. Milner was a highly respected African American…

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