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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Better Call Saul

The show may play out against some bleak backdrops, but Bob Odenkirk will draw you in and keep you engrossed throughout this gripping saga.

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Last Week Tonight

The show manages to call out hypocrisies and sound alarm bells, but does so with levity and punchlines, giving your head – and stomach – a way to process it all.

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The Curse of Oak Island

Part history lesson, part treasure hunt, The Curse of Oak Island will inspire your inner Hardy Boys fan. For the audience, just sharing so many of the highs and lows of the team’s successes and disappointments has built a bond.

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Itaewon Class (Itaewon Keullasseu)

A colorful, ultimately inspiring tale for budding entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, and empire-builders. It also works as a vicarious adventure in Seoul.

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Chrissy’s Court

If you’re looking for something funny that you can watch on the go, this is the show for you. Quibi may be gone, but you can still it on Roku Originals.

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What Will We Watch Post-Coronavirus?

Past as Prologue The Coronavirus is fundamentally reshaping our world, including the entertainment industry. Already Hollywood has scuttled production schedules, streamed would-be wide theatrical releases, and adopted DIY production values, with late shows helmed from hosts’ homes and FaceTime-powered interview series. Though the production side of content will likely return to “normal” once this is

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Baghdad Central

An addictive six-episode thriller set in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq — told from the point of view of a Baghdad police inspector. Upends assumptions and stereotypes while dropping you into the daily drama of life in an occupied city.

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Birds of Prey

Star Margot Robbie, director Cathy Yan, and screenwriter Christina Hodson deliver a female-powered, action-packed showcase, not just for Harley Quinn but for several of the most fascinating women in the DC Universe.

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Inside Out

With so many of us facing unfamiliar, anxiety-ridden situations today, Inside Out can serve as a useful prompt for the entire family to acknowledge our emotional experiences — sparking insight and helping us cope with change.

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The Righteous Gemstones

A brilliant and sardonic look at the gaudy world of televangelism filled with quick one-liners and surprisingly heartfelt moments.

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The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter proves that Gyllenhaal has a gift for directing and screenwriting. She’s made a film about real, complex people that sticks with you.

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Archive 81

Archive 81 is a binge-worthy, well-paced horror/sci-fi series that will keep viewers intrigued and filled with anticipation during each of its eight gripping episodes. It’s edge-of-your seat good!

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The Shows and Movies We’re Looking forward to in 2022

We asked some of our contributors about their most anticipated shows of 2022. Read on for their picks, and feel free to add your own.

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Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets is a dark and potent cocktail, mixing genres in a way that makes it fresh and different from anything you’ve seen before. It digs deep into the human psyche, testing the boundaries of what its characters (and audience) can endure, but also keeps you wanting more.

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The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog delivers amazing vistas and performances, some of which may still be seared in the mind after viewing. There is a uniqueness in the story and in the acting, thanks to the joint efforts of Campion and Cumberbatch.

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Get Started on your New Year’s Resolution with these Streaming Workouts

If your new year’s resolution is to get in shape these streaming workouts will get you off the couch without having to leave your home.

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