Marty VanDriel
Acorn TV

Tracking a killer

Television | Manhunt portrays the human side of police work
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 4/11/19, 02:27 pm

Imagine Mister Rogers playing a criminal, or Sean Connery as a stay-at-home dad. Fans of the British series Doc Martin might be temporarily jarred to see Martin Clunes as a caring, empathetic police detective, but will soon lose themselves in Acorn TV’s three-part miniseries Manhunt.

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Siblings in the ring

Movie | While not quite family-friendly, Fighting With My Family upholds values of hard work and familial love
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 2/28/19, 03:06 pm

It’s a long way from the wrong side of town in Norwich, England, to the glitz and glamour of America’s World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). But that is the unlikely journey Saraya Knight (Florence Pugh) travels in Fighting With My Family, a film based on a true story.

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Busted bubble

Television | Valley of the Boom clumsily spotlights the greed behind the dot-com bubble
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 1/31/19, 12:43 pm

Valley of the Boom tells the story of the dot-com boom in Silicon Valley, but the show itself is a miserable bust.

In the early days of public investment in internet companies, anyone with a high-tech sounding name and confusing technology had an opportunity to bamboozle the public.

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