Melissa Roth

Melissa Roth has written for Rolling Stone, VanityFair.com, Marie Claire, and The Washington Post, among other outlets.
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Charlie Wilson’s War

A suddenly timely look back at how the U.S. first escalated involvement with Afghanistan in the 1980s, told through an eye-opening story that feels like it had to be made up by its Oscar-winning screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin.

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The Last Letter from Your Lover

A date night movie that transports you to a lush 1960s French Riviera, the adaptation of the JoJo Moyes novel entwines two eras and two sharply contrasted romances, delivering a wistful summer escape watch.

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Sex and Lucía

A cinephile’s choice for a Netflix and Chill night, Sex and Lucia is a steamy and intoxicating portrait of two lovers … and their other lovers … that explores the blurry lines between reality and imagination, love and lust, tragedy and obsession.

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My Neighbor Totoro

A joyful, enchanting classic, My Neighbor Tortoro is the rare film that can captivate all ages, from young kids to their parents and grandparents.

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Origin Story: How Friends Became the Ultimate Watercooler Hit

After a year-long delay due to the pandemic, the much-anticipated Friends Reunion Special finally has a “stream date”:  Thursday, May 27th, a tribute to its original “Must-See TV” night.  The big event has already driven legions of fans sign up for HBOMax, turning the service into “Must Stream TV.” David Janollari was a young development

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I May Destroy You

An addictive, provocative, Emmy-nominated limited series that challenges how we think and feel about our own relationships – romantic, platonic, and professional. Creator and star Michaela Coel captivates.

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Dolores

A gripping history lesson that also sheds light on the methods, risks, and compromises required to organize and sustain a movement.

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I Am Greta

Surprising and inspiring, I Am Greta is a testament to the power of one voice — no matter the age.  Watch it with the disenchanted young student in your life.

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What to Discover on Discovery+

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to streaming services, The Watercooler is here to help. To kick off the new year, we’re running down our must-watch shows and films by platform so you can dive into the world of streaming and head straight for the good stuff. Be sure to read

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Melissa Roth

Melissa Roth has written for Rolling Stone, VanityFair.com, Marie Claire, and The Washington Post, among other outlets.
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Meet The Real Beatles: Get Back and the Human Side of the Mythical Band

Veteran music journalist Steve Baltin analyzes the Beatles doc ‘Get Back’ and sees their human side, their joy — and the truth behind their split.

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Black Friday Streaming Deals: Roku’s 20 Networks for $.99 Each

The best Black Friday deals for cord-cutters and TV and movie buffs may be Roku’s special for 20 premium channels for $.99 each.

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Cowboy Bebop

A strange, poignant and funny adventure with amazing music, a talented cast, and beautifully detailed costumes and sets, the live action Cowboy Bebop adaptation makes you nostalgic for the original—hey, guess what’s also streaming on Netflix? All 26 original episodes!

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Last Night in Soho

Last Night in Soho takes horror and coming-of-age tropes and subverts them in a stylish thriller that has more depth than meets the eye.

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Industry

Industry is a series fueled by greed, drugs, sex, and money, and provides all of these ingredients in Federal Reserve-sized quantities. There’s never a dull moment.

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What You Need to Know About tick, tick… BOOM!

Broadway fans are geeking out over tick, tick… BOOM! but for those not familiar with its origins and references it can be a bit confusing.

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The Sex Lives of College Girls

Imagine if the (female) writers of SNL remade Sex and The City for a younger, woker generation, where the cringe factor just slightly overshadowed the sex factor, and Mindy Kaling was the showrunner. You would have The Sex Lives of College Girls.

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Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

With a pretty, beach-y setting, two adorable leads, and a host of beguiling small-town characters, this is K-drama-as-comfort-food.

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Muhammad Ali

There’s no better focal point to examine the turbulent racial, religious, cultural, and political currents that shook America throughout the 1960s and 70s than Ken Burns’ Muhammad Ali. As proud in defeat as he was in victory, Ali transcended the narrow theater of sport to become, for a time, the most famous man alive.

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The Best of What’s New in Streaming: June 2021

We seem to be hitting a bit of a summer doldrums in June of 2021. But no month that has a new Marvel show, a new Pixar movie, and a new A24 horror movie can be a total wash.

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The Best of What’s New on Netflix: June 2021

Only three things are certain in life: death, taxes, and Netflix putting out an enormous amount of new content every month. We’ve rounded up the best of what’s new in June.

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Get Ready for Cruella: Your Guide to the 101 Dalmatians-verse

Beginning with the original animated film in 1961, fans can’t seem to get enough of those spotted dogs and their nemesis, the despicable Cruella De Vil.

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American Housewife and Its Fans Deserved More

After five seasons, ABC’s secretly subversive sitcom got the ax last week, disappointing fans who weren’t ready to say goodbye to the Ottos.

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Master of None Presents: Moments in Love

Moments in Love is an impressive reinvention of Master of None that gives a beautifully shot look into the most intimate parts of life. It has a lot of style and a lot of substance.

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The Me You Can’t See

For anyone dealing with any kind of mental issue, this series will show them they’re not alone. It doesn’t have all the answers, but it sparks a conversation and may even provide a lifeline to those longing to be seen.

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The Best Shows to Watch on Peacock

So many streaming services, so little time! Next up in our series of recommendations by platform is Peacock. The NBCUniversal app launched in July 2020, yet another option in an increasingly segmented and competitive field. More than 42 million people have signed up for Peacock as of April 2021, but with new original shows being

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The End of Kim’s Convenience is a Loss for TV Culture at Large

As one of the few shows to center around an Asian family, Kim’s Convenience broke barriers and was a big step forward in representation and diversity on North American television. Is there hope after its cancellation?

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A Black Lady Sketch Show

A Black Lady Sketch Show is a fun, funny, and smart way to spend 30 minutes. Don’t be mad if you find yourself binging the entire series in one sitting.

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