What to Watch
 

July 12, 2020

 

While movie theatres continue to struggle financially, the amount of quality streaming options for your movie nights keeps on growing. We’ve reviewed great new films like Target Number One, about one journalist’s mission to expose corruption in the Canadian and Thai legal systems, and perhaps not-so-great films like Tom Hanks’ Second World War thriller Greyhound. We’ve also taken a look at the politics of Gone With the Wind and a deep dive into why classic cop dramas may be overdue for some critical analysis. Claire Porter Robbins

 
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Cop dramas face their reckoning
 

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  Cop dramas face their reckoning
 

Johanna Schneller

Can cop shows be reformed? They’re television’s most popular and durable genre – and most problematic. Months before George Floyd was murdered and anti-Black-racism, anti-police-brutality protests erupted around the world, a comprehensive study called “Normalizing Injustice” was circulating among every TV writer, producer and network executive in North America. Published in January by Color of Change Hollywood, the study (the abridged version is 38 pages) describes in detail how police procedural series not only paint cops as heroes and justify violence, but also “exclude writers of colour, miseducate people about the criminal justice system and make racial injustice acceptable.”

 
 
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Television
 
Full Stream Ahead: The haunting Relic, the head-spinning Volition, and other under-the-radar genre movies to watch this weekend
 

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  Full Stream Ahead: The haunting Relic, the head-spinning Volition, and other under-the-radar genre movies to watch this weekend
 

Barry Hertz

 
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What’s hot on Netflix: Fun tales of roving gangs of armed nuns
 

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  What’s hot on Netflix: Fun tales of roving gangs of armed nuns
 

John Doyle

 
Television critic
 
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The Vote: Invaluable lessons in the fissures of U.S. politics
 

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  The Vote: Invaluable lessons in the fissures of U.S. politics
 

John Doyle

 
Television critic
 
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Trigonometry: A tricky BBC drama about a polyamorous romance
 

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  Trigonometry: A tricky BBC drama about a polyamorous romance
 

John Doyle

 
Television critic
 
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Film
 
Does Tom Hanks’ Apple TV+ naval thriller Greyhound miss the boat? Aye, sir
 

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  Does Tom Hanks’ Apple TV+ naval thriller Greyhound miss the boat? Aye, sir
 

Barry Hertz

 
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Target Number One follows all the rules of journalism cinema, with an unexpected bonus for Globe and Mail devotees
 

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  Target Number One follows all the rules of journalism cinema, with an unexpected bonus for Globe and Mail devotees
 

Barry Hertz

 
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Netflix’s The Old Guard doesn’t give the kick-butt Charlize Theron nearly enough butts to kick
 

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  Netflix’s The Old Guard doesn’t give the kick-butt Charlize Theron nearly enough butts to kick
 

Barry Hertz

 
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Netflix rom-com Desperados asks if you can hear Nasim Pedrad, and dolphins, cry
 

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  Netflix rom-com Desperados asks if you can hear Nasim Pedrad, and dolphins, cry
 

Barry Hertz

 
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Opinion
 
Gone with the Wind is terrible and important, all at once
 

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  Gone with the Wind is terrible and important, all at once
 

Elizabeth Renzetti

 
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In the news
 
Colin Kaepernick signs first-look deal with Disney to tell stories of social injustice, race and equality
 

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  Colin Kaepernick signs first-look deal with Disney to tell stories of social injustice, race and equality
 
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The secret to Nick Cordero’s success playing tough guys on Broadway? He was a nice Canadian guy underneath
 

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  The secret to Nick Cordero’s success playing tough guys on Broadway? He was a nice Canadian guy underneath
 

J. Kelly Nestruck

 
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Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning Italian composer, dies at 91
 

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Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning Italian composer, dies at 91
 

Frances D’Emilio

 
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Cineplex files lawsuit against Cineworld over cancelled takeover deal
 

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  Cineplex files lawsuit against Cineworld over cancelled takeover deal
 

Susan Krashinsky Robertson

 
Retailing reporter
 
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In case you missed it
 
Why Canada isn’t getting HBO Max or Hulu, and the frustrating paradox of our all-access streaming era
 

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  Why Canada isn’t getting HBO Max or Hulu, and the frustrating paradox of our all-access streaming era
 

Barry Hertz

 
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