A gripping drama on immigration starring the lead of Pixar’s ‘Coco’ could be the sleeper Oscar contender of the fall

Gracie Films “Icebox” is the feature debut for director Daniel Sawka and is based on his award-winning short film that looks at the US immigration policy from the perspective of a migrant young boy trying to get to the US. The short film caught the attention of legendary director/producer James L. Brooks (“The Simpsons,” “Terms […]

High drama in store plus a stab at a classic: A selection of gripping & grim new thrillers

Getty Jo Nesbo has updated Macbeth to the 1970s MACBETH – Jo Nesbø (Hogarth, £20) ***** It is no easy task taking on the greatest English writer of all time and turning one of his best-loved plays into a thriller for the modern reader. Yet this is what Jo Nesbø attempts with Macbeth and the […]

Suits Hard Truths review: A gripping watch as Donna and Harvey deal with that kiss

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Suits season 7, episode 11: Hard Truths Hard Truths saw the pace picking up as it was a race against time to stop Jessica Pearson (played by Gina Torres) getting disbarred. However, it looked like the managing partner was toast after both Harvey and Louis Litt’s (Rick Hoffman) attempts […]

Come Home: Christopher Eccleston's accent in gripping BBC drama DIVIDES viewers

Christopher Eccleston, who plays Northern Irish mechanic Greg in the brand new three-part BBC series, Come Home, made quite the impression on viewers. Despite a gripping introduction, which saw Christopher’s character rescue his friend Brenna (played by Kerri Quin) from her abusive husband, viewers couldn’t get past one thing – his voice. Those watching at […]

Emmerdale spoilers: David Metcalfe and Tracy SPLIT? Star teases gripping new storyline?

In a recent episode of Emmerdale, David (played by Matthew Wolfenden) discovered that his wife used to be a prostitute and had a dalliance with Phil (Ryan Hayes). Now, the shop owner is struggling to get over the fact that Tracy (Amy Walsh) once accepted money in exchange for sex. When Phil’s trial is made […]

The Good Wife's Archie Panjabi stars in gripping ITV thriller Next of Kin

But it was Archie’s scene-stealing turn as enigmatic criminal investigator Kalinda Sharma in six seasons of US legal hit The Good Wife that catapulted her to international fame and won Archie an Emmy Award.  Now it means that Archie, at the age of 45, is finally up for well-deserved lead roles rather than supporting parts. […]

Gioachino Rossini's Semiramide: Show-stopping and gripping with a superb music production

Chief among them was Semiramide, a melodrama set in ancient Babylon featuring the scandalridden life of Assyria’s legendary warrior queen. Rossini wrote the title role for his wife, the diva Isabella Colbran, who, by the time the opera was premiered in 1823, found the demanding role beyond her capabilities. This may be one reason the […]

Liar: Does THIS person know the murderous TRUTH in ITV's gripping new drama? 

Viewers were gripped to the tricky case between Laura (played by Joanne Froggatt) and Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) as the former says she was raped but the latter says he is innocent.  The harrowing tale made plenty of twists and turns as the ITV drama drip-fed tiny bits of information to help them piece together the […]

How Casual Complexity Built to a Gripping Emotional Arc in the First Season of Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’

We’re pretty big fans of Issa Rae’s so-real series, Insecure. So to celebrate season 2, we’re taking a look back at the acclaimed first season, and recapping the highly anticipated new episodes. Don’t miss the return of Insecure on Sunday, July 23 at 10:30pm, only on HBO. The penultimate episode of Insecure‘s first season builds […]