What to Watch
 

December 5, 2021

 
Lift your spirits with a dose of cheerful comedy including the sweet CBC film A Christmas Letter and the short series The Missus Downstairs, starring comedians Mary Walsh and Dave Sullivan. We also talk to Sandra Bullock about her tough-as-nails role in the new Netflix film The Unforgivable.

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Television
 
What we need now on TV: Three doses of the adorable
 

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  What we need now on TV: Three doses of the adorable
 

John Doyle

 
Television critic
 
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Gomorrah: Classic crime series at last available in Canada
 

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  Gomorrah: Classic crime series at last available in Canada
 

John Doyle

 
Television critic
 
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Vigil: A new type of tense crime drama from Britain
 

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  Vigil: A new type of tense crime drama from Britain
 

John Doyle

 
Television critic
 
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Film reviews
 
Blessed be Paul Verhoeven, patron saint of bedevilling, outrageous nun romance Benedetta
 

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Blessed be Paul Verhoeven, patron saint of bedevilling, outrageous nun romance Benedetta
 

Barry Hertz

 
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Netflix’s The Hand of God is solipsistic in a way only the Golden Globes could love
 

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Netflix’s The Hand of God is solipsistic in a way only the Golden Globes could love
 

Chandler Levack

 
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The Souvenir: Part II is a most unlikely sequel – and absolutely perfect
 

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The Souvenir: Part II is a most unlikely sequel – and absolutely perfect
 

Chandler Levack

 
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‘Species dysphoria’ drama Wolf is a wild, rabid mess
 

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‘Species dysphoria’ drama Wolf is a wild, rabid mess
 

Barry Hertz

 
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Interviews
 
Documentary Writing With Fire shows how India’s only women-run newspaper is breaking barriers of patriarchy, caste politics
 

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  Documentary Writing With Fire shows how India’s only women-run newspaper is breaking barriers of patriarchy, caste politics
 

Aparita Bhandari

 
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In Netflix drama The Unforgivable, Sandra Bullock plays a tough-as-nails hero – just don’t tell her that
 

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  In Netflix drama The Unforgivable, Sandra Bullock plays a tough-as-nails hero – just don’t tell her that
 

Johanna Schneller

 
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In the news
 
TIFF appoints film festival veteran Cameron Bailey as new CEO
 

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  TIFF appoints film festival veteran Cameron Bailey as new CEO
 

Barry Hertz

 
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Sandra Oh among those named ‘People of the Year’
 

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Sandra Oh among those named ‘People of the Year’
 
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