Melissa Roth

Melissa Roth has written for Rolling Stone, VanityFair.com, Marie Claire, and The Washington Post, among other outlets.
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Flee

The most urgent and relevant Oscar-nominated film of 2022, Flee is a deeply personal documentary about a man’s childhood as a refugee that inspires as it creates empathy for those forced out of their homelands.

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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.

Melissa Roth

Melissa Roth has written for Rolling Stone, VanityFair.com, Marie Claire, and The Washington Post, among other outlets.
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Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

If you love the idea of an old-fashioned Star Trek that lives up to today’s standards of inclusion and diversity (so, minus the ‘60s sexism), this is going to be right up your alley.

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The Best New Movies and TV Shows to Stream in May 2022

We’ve sorted through everything new to stream in May and put together list of titles just for our Watercooler audience.

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Heartstopper

Heartstopper is, without a doubt, the best film or TV show about gay teenagers I have ever seen. Innocent, romantic, and tenderly wrought, it is the story and the representation that the LGBTQ community has been craving for decades.

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Why Does Paddington 2 Keep Coming Up?

What’s with all they hype about Paddington 2 lately? One of our writers watches it for the first time to see if it’s really as good as everyone says.

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More LGBTQ+ Period Movies and Series to Watch After Gentleman Jack

If you’re all caught up with HBO’s new season of Gentleman Jack and craving more period LGBTQ+ dramas, you might want to give these a try.

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Get Inspired on Earth Day with these Great Nature Documentaries

Celebrate the Earth with these curated nature documentaries, which all combine entertainment value with the desire to make a positive change in the world.

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a fun time filled with impressive acting by its talented cast. Between the laughs, heartfelt moments, and action, this flick checks off all the genres in Cage’s filmography.

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Outlander: What We Talk About When We Talk About Assault

It’s no coincidence every major character in Outlander has experienced some form of assault. I’d argue that’s what the whole show is about.

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Watch These Breaking Bad Episodes Before Better Call Saul‘s Return

Before we knew him as Jimmy McGill, we met him as criminal lawyer Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad. Here are some of his best moments.

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What to Expect from the This Is Us Finale

What does the finale of This is Us have left to say about the beloved characters we’ve been following for six seasons now?

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Conversations with Friends

A captivating adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestseller, Conversations with Friends takes you deep into in the agony and ecstasy of a secretive affair as well as an open relationship, and forces you to ask the big questions.

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Get Organized with The Home Edit

Though organizing and tidying can be stress-inducing, The Home Edit experts demonstrate that the key to taking control of your space again is to have a system that works for you and your workflow.

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The Essex Serpent

Like the mythical creature of the title, The Essex Serpent slowly draws you out to sea and before you know it you’re in deep, totally immersed.

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Operation Mincemeat

This isn’t a high-octane spy thriller or a war film in the style of Saving Private Ryan. It’s a quiet piece whose entertainment value is found in the incredulous fact that this really did happen, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.

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Why We’re Still Obsessed with The Golden Girls 30 Years Later

It is impossible to overstate the lasting success of The Golden Girls, which enjoys a level of popularity and staying power few shows have ever reached.

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What’s So Funny about Hacks?

Hacks is one of the best comedies on TV right now. And if you don’t believe us, we’ve got the receipts to prove it.

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Pachinko

Pachinko is a beautiful, sweeping, historic epic spanning generations as one family faces wars, strife, peace, and its own complex legacy.

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Watercooler Guide: What You Need to Know about The Staircase

Our Watercooler guide to The Staircase will help you jump right into the conversation about HBO Max’s new true-crime series.

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