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Mare of Easttown


Kate Winslet returns to HBO for the first time since her Emmy-winning turn in 2011’s Mildred Pierce with this limited series that will likely put her in Emmy contention once again. Winslet plays Mare Sheehan, a detective in a small Pennsylvania town who’s trying to solve a high-profile murder while her life falls apart. The weight of the whole town and her whole family is on her shoulders, which may as well be the whole world. The series comes from Brad Ingelsby, a screenwriter with a keen eye for character, as shown in films like Out of the Furnace and The Way Back, as well as the culture of his native Pennsylvania, where many of his films are set. It’s directed by The Leftovers and Westworld‘s Craig Zobel. The incomparable Jean Smart (Watchmen, Fargo) plays Mare’s mother. This won’t be a light watch, but it will probably be rewarding for people who want to see some great acting. Episodes arrive on HBO Max weekly after airing on HBO.

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From Lucy Mangan at The Guardian:

As the twists and turns of the cases are revealed, it becomes a show greater than the sum of its already considerable parts. By the time you get to the revelation at the end of the second episode, you become less stunned by the news itself than you are by the computation of what it will mean for all involved. Everything and everyone is real and you care about every tiny part. Wonderful. Full Review

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