She immediately begins trying to find out whodunit, despite everyone reminding her that she’s just a “fish cop”. Is she getting in over her head? Probably. State police detective Ray Abruzzo (James Badge Dale) thinks the murder is the work of a scary drug boss named Frankie (Prison Break‘s Amaury Nolasco), who is locked up awaiting trial for other crimes. Abruzzo might also be getting in over his head, going a bit coercively Pepe Le Pew over Frankie’s girlfriend, Renee (Riley Voelkel).
Renee’s job as a stripper conveniently serves to get even more bare breasts on the screen than were already there. Raymund, a familiar face from things like The Good Wife and Lie to Me, jumps into her role with gusto, and she certainly has the attitude and physicality to carry it off.
At first, it seems as though Jackie might be a bit of a one-dimensional tough-girl party animal, but series creator Rebecca Perry Cutter (Gotham, The Mentalist), provides some early indicators that Jackie isn’t as on top of things as she’d like everyone to think. When you can’t pay your rent because you’re spending too much on coke, your future in law enforcement might be just a little bit shaky.
The first episode contrives to put Jackie in a position where we might get to see a few psychological layers gradually unpeeled. At this early stage, Hightown doesn’t exactly look like being The Wire, but for casual crime viewing, you could do worse.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs The Reverend
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fans have probably always dreamed of making Kimmy kiss Daniel Radcliffe. Now they might finally be able to do it as this gloriously gag-packed interactive special puts the viewer in charge of the action, Choose Your Own Adventure-style.
Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is all set to marry sheltered British royal Frederick (Radcliffe) but then she learns that the Reverend (Jon Hamm) might be keeping another bunch of mole women in another secret bunker.
In Mexico City, this grimly spellbinding documentary informs us, the government operates just 45 ambulances to cover 9 million people. So there’s a whole informal industry of private ambulances racing each other to bloody emergencies.
The film is an eerie, feature-length ride-along in an ambulance operated by the cash-strapped Ochoa family. The Ochoas are men and boys of few words, but it’s plain to see how hard it is to get money out of patients and to keep at least part of it away from bribe-hungry police.
Coronavirus & Me
As we adapt to pandemic life, iWonder is collecting the self-filmed stories of everyday Australians. This first 15-minute episode is immediately compelling and affecting as it brings five very different pieces, including the story of a man who was in China at the start of the crisis, someone struggling to care for an elderly mother suffering dementia; and some welcome light relief in a creative coronavirus-themed tribute to Tom Hanks’ Cast Away.
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There’s a singular darkness to The Great that will startle viewers expecting a typical BBC-style costume drama. There are moments of terror and horror, too, and an enthusiastically cavalier approach to historical detail that adds to a sense of heightened reality.
Oscar-nominated Australian writer Tony McNamara (The Favourite), adapting his own play, is serving up a satirical something of which you’ve probably never seen quite the like. Elle Fanning (Maleficent) is terrific as the soon-to-be Catherine the Great, who starts out as an ingenue with an unrealistically romantic view of her impending marriage to the Russian Tsar.
Said Tsar, Peter III (Nicholas Hoult), immediately reveals himself to be a grotesquely cruel and petty tyrant who might at any moment have Catherine or anyone else killed on a whim.
Clearly, Our Cat is going to have to overthrow him, but how? McNamara surrounds Catherine with potential co-conspirators, from a former noblewoman busted down to serfdom (Phoebe Fox) to an archbishop on the make (Adam Godley), and others who either share her wildly progressive ideas.
Belinda Bromilow is great fun as Peter’s rather mad aunty.
Greed and corporate bastardry know no bounds, as is outrageously clear in this well-made documentary series. Particularly interesting in the new second season is the episode about Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whose companies use noisy, dangerous construction work to force tenants out of rent-controlled apartment buildings in New York but trap low-income tenants in other cities in cycles of fees and fines they can’t escape. Also check out the earlier instalments on Trump and on the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist.
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