What to Watch
 

May 18, 2021

 
Filmmaker Michelle Latimer was embroiled in controversy five months ago over questions about her Indigenous ancestry, and now she talks to The Globe and Mail about her past and hopes for her future. We also talk to filmmaker Barry Jenkins about his new Amazon series The Underground Railroad, based on Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel, and preview next week’s Canadian Screen Awards. If you’re looking for something to watch with kids, we pick five award-winning shows and films to stream.

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‘All I can do is speak my truth’: Filmmaker Michelle Latimer breaks her silence after Indigenous ancestry controversy
 

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‘All I can do is speak my truth’: Filmmaker Michelle Latimer breaks her silence after Indigenous ancestry controversy
 

Barry Hertz

 
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Television
 
The Underground Railroad: A strange disorienting masterpiece
 

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  The Underground Railroad: A strange disorienting masterpiece
 

John Doyle

 
Television critic
 
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‘Re-contextualizing the sacrifices of our ancestors’: Barry Jenkins on his new Amazon series The Underground Railroad
 

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  ‘Re-contextualizing the sacrifices of our ancestors’: Barry Jenkins on his new Amazon series The Underground Railroad
 

Sarah-Tai Black

 
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The story of Genius Factory: Genius has its limits, human frailty doesn’t
 

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  The story of Genius Factory: Genius has its limits, human frailty doesn’t
 

John Doyle

 
Television critic
 
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For kids
 
Parents’ Picks: From Sesame Street to Black Panther, five award winners for the whole family
 

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Parents’ Picks: From Sesame Street to Black Panther, five award winners for the whole family
 

Aparita Bhandari

 
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Opinion
 
  American late-night is reinvigorated. In Canada, we’ve got nothing
 

John Doyle

 
Television critic
 
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  Thank you, technology: It’s been a long time since TV was ‘a vast wasteland’
 

John Doyle

 
Television critic
 
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  Replace Golden Globes with an awards show that has integrity
 

John Doyle

 
Television critic
 
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Interviews
 
Sonja Smits opens up about her 40 years in the acting business
 

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  Sonja Smits opens up about her 40 years in the acting business
 

Johanna Schneller

 
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Critic's Picks
 
Canadian drama Drifting Snow finds brutal beauty in Prince Edward County
 

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  Canadian drama Drifting Snow finds brutal beauty in Prince Edward County
 

Amil Niazi

 
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Those Who Wish Me Dead sees Angelina Jolie fight fire (and assassins) with fire (and knives)
 

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Those Who Wish Me Dead sees Angelina Jolie fight fire (and assassins) with fire (and knives)
 

Barry Hertz

 
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Together Together has Ed Helms and Patti Harrison explore a different kind of love: platonic
 

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  Together Together has Ed Helms and Patti Harrison explore a different kind of love: platonic
 

Aparita Bhandari

 
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Guy Ritchie’s Jason Statham reunion Wrath of Man is the best, bloodiest surprise of the year
 

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Guy Ritchie’s Jason Statham reunion Wrath of Man is the best, bloodiest surprise of the year
 

Barry Hertz

 
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More film reviews
 
Full Stream Ahead: A whisper-quiet Netflix gem, a tense domestic drama, and a sci-fi thrill ride are this week’s best digital-release bets
 

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Full Stream Ahead: A whisper-quiet Netflix gem, a tense domestic drama, and a sci-fi thrill ride are this week’s best digital-release bets
 

Barry Hertz

 
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In the news
 
Canadian Screen Awards aim to celebrate a film and television industry on edge
 

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  Canadian Screen Awards aim to celebrate a film and television industry on edge
 

Barry Hertz

 
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Ellen DeGeneres to end her long-running talk show in 2022
 

Mark Kennedy

 
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Lilly Singh’s network late-night show coming to an end
 
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Context is everything. Join host Tamara Khandaker Monday to Friday for conversations with Globe journalists, experts, and the people at the centre of the stories shaping our world. Find The Decibel wherever you get your podcasts.
 
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