Rory Doherty is a writer of criticism, films, and plays based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He's often found watching something he knows he'll dislike but will agree to watch all of it anyway. You can follow his thoughts about all things stories @roryhasopinions.
Legendary Black British comedian Sir Lenny Henry brought his mother Winifred’s real-life experiences to the fictionalized Three Little Birds, imbuing the show with a warmth and heart that honors the thankless work of the Windrush Generation.
Despite some worthy efforts from lone cast members and a sincere but misguided attempt to grapple with the world the original film left behind, Sexy Beastis as disposable as British crime sagas can get.
Monsieur Spade is a thoughtful and robust detective story interested in real-world history, with a game French cast led by a sufficiently hardboiled and committed Clive Owen. It’s just never clear why it exists in the form it does.