Monday, January 20, 2020     Volume: 20, Issue: 46
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
AD ASTRA
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BAD BOYS FOR LIFE
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: CASA DE LAS FLORES
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: INTO THE DARK
BINGEABLE: MAGIC FOR HUMANS
BINGEABLE: NATHAN FOR YOU
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FRIENDS
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: LONE WOLF MCQUADE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: ROBOCOP
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE PRESTIGE (2006)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: WILD AT HEART
BLAST FROM THE PAST: YOU’VE GOT MAIL
BOMBSHELL
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
CATS
DARK WATERS
DOCTOR SLEEP
DOLITTLE
DOWNTON ABBEY
FORD V FERRARI
FROZEN II
GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
GUILTY PLEASURES: BARBIE LIFE IN THE DREAMHOUSE
GUILTY PLEASURES: GIRL MEETS WORLD (2014-2017)
HAEWATCH: THE WITCHER (2019)
HATEWATCH: CHOPPED
HATEWATCH: FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER, FRANKENSTEIN
HATEWATCH: NAILED IT!
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL
KNIVES OUT
LIKE A BOSS
LITTLE WOMEN
MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
RICHARD JEWELL
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (EXTENDED CUT)
SPIES IN DISGUISE
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT
THE GRUDGE
THE LIGHTHOUSE
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
UNCUT GEMS
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: INSOMNIA
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
UNDERWATER
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF MIDNIGHT CHOIR INC. AND ZAFTIG FILMS

BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)


Where is it playing?: USA Network, Netflix

What's it rated?: TV-14

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

In the first eight-episode season, Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) investigated why troubled young mother Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) fatally stabbed a man on the beach, though she had no memory of the crime. It was a gripping mystery that garnered a couple Golden Globe nominations.

In the second eight-episode season, Ambrose returns to Keller, his hometown in upstate New York, to investigate why 13-year-old Julian Walker (Elisha Henig) poisoned his parents on a trip to Niagara Falls. It’s an inexplicable crime, and Julian isn’t talking. Like the first season, each episode peels back another layer of the mystery.

The first season was based on German crime writer Petra Hammesfahr’s novel of the same name, which favored distraction and misdirection to keep readers guessing. Both the first season and the second continue with these techniques, so I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot since a lot of the fun is being confused about where things are going.

I can tell you that we discover Julian and his parents were residents of Mosswood, a cult-like commune run by Vera Walker (Carrie Coons). The reason Ambrose returned to Keller was to help Detctive Heather Novack (Natalie Paul), who we learn was in a relationship with Marin Calhoun (Hannah Gross), who had ties to Mosswood but disappeared shortly after she and Novack had a falling out 14 years earlier.

It’s twisty and turny stuff, and while the second season didn’t wrap up as neatly and clearly as season 1, leaving a lot of loose threads to ignore, it still offered great atmosphere, a compelling narrative, and excellent performances.

Pullman is at his pensive best as Ambrose, who harbors dark secrets of his own. He understands that what compels people to commit crimes isn’t always simple or straightforward. While in Keller, Ambrose stays with his old friend Jack Novack (Tracy Letts), father to Detective Heather, and there’s something off about the old friends’ relationship as well. Nothing is as it appears on the surface. Letts is a terrific actor, and he portrays Jack as a complicated man.

Henig is downright amazing as Julian. Despite his youth, he brings big, intricate emotions to his character. Coons, too, paints a character who’s inscrutable but compelling. The whole affair is dripping with intrigue!

Like True Detective, each season is its own stand-alone mystery. If you like a good whodunit, check out The Sinner. Both seasons are a lot of fun, and the series has been renewed for a third season. (eight episodes, 40- to 46- min. each). m

—Glen Starkey




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