Set in 1990s Londonderry (Derry), Ireland, during the conflict between Northern Ireland and Ireland, Derry Girls (2018-) follows the lives of four teenage girls. This Irish sitcom includes a mix of teenage angst and modern political climate.
One of the girls' male Protestant cousins comes from London to live with them. He is the sedate, responsible one who keeps getting dragged into the girls' antics. The teens attend an all-girls Catholic school, which provides raucous and hilarious scenarios.
The first two seasons are available to stream on Netflix, which you can access by borrowing one of our Rokus. English subtitles are available for those who have trouble understanding the Irish accents. Rated TV-MA (includes swearing).
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Dr. Ruby Walker (Amrita Asharia) decides to connect with her roots and accepts a job in India. What she expected to be a thriving urban clinic turns out to be a rural hospital, chaotic, overflowing with patients, and short on both staff and supplies. Good Karma Hospital is run by brusque Dr. Lydia Fonseca (Amanda Redman, who starred in New Tricks). Ruby constantly clashes with the arrogant, handsome Dr. Gabriel Varna (James Krishna Floyd). Her skills are tested by having to diagnose and treat all sorts of illnesses and injuries.
The Good Karma Hospital (2017) is entertaining, filled with colorful characters, picturesque views, and a soundtrack full of Bollywood music. Check out the soundtrack on Hoopla. This TV show will appeal to fans of the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
In this classic British standalone mystery by Agatha Christie, eight people are invited to a mansion on an island near the coast of Devon, England. They are greeted by two staff, who tell them that the host has not arrived but has left instructions. One by one, they are murdered like the characters in the nursery rhyme, Ten Little Indians.
If you are looking for a book that is suspenseful, compelling, and has a baffling, clever plot, check out And Then There Were None.
After reading the 1939 book, check out the excellent 1945 movie of the same name.
In Pick of the Litter, follow a litter of five adorable Labrador puppies from birth through two years old on their incredible journey to become guide dogs for the blind. The whole family will delight in seeing the lively puppies, each with their unique personalities, go through their rigorous training. "Only the best will make the cut."
Experience the joy and sadness of the dedicated first time and experienced puppy raisers and trainers. Meet the blind individuals who hope to be matched with a guide dog companion.
If you enjoy Pick of the Litter, you might also be interested in the Japanese film, Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog. Here is additional information on the organization, Guide Dogs for the Blind, featured in the film.
Detective Constable 'Dangerous' Davies (Peter Davidson) is the lowest man on the totem pole in his London police station and is the last detective his boss would assign to a major case. Davies is a bumbling underdog who is not respected by his colleagues and only given the cases no one else wants. Despite this, he does his job with determination and intelligence and somehow manages to solve major cases.
The audience gets views of Davies' personal life, including his ex-wife (whom he is still in love with), his dog, and his quirky friend, Mod. This British series (comprised of four seasons) is a gentler version of police procedurals, with some humor and no gratuitous violence.
Versatile actor Bill Murray is primarily known for his comic roles.
- Carl Spackler, the demonic assistant groundskeeper in Caddyshack (1980)
- Peter Venkman, a paranormal investigator in Ghostbusters (1984)
- Bob Wiley, a needy therapy patient in What about Bob? (1991)
- Phil Connors, a TV weatherman in Groundhog Day (1993)
- Vincent, a grumpy next door neighbor who drinks and gambles in St. Vincent (2014)
His comedic talent helped make these movies box office successes. Bill Murray is from the Chicago area and performed in The Second City before starring on Saturday Night Live.
Check out The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray by Robert Schnakenberg to learn more about the actor.
While her husband was in the White House, Ford was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, it was like receiving a death sentence. She also suffered from an addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. In 1978, her family staged an intervention. Ford was open with the American public about her health issues and would go on to co-found the Betty Ford Center. Her outspokenness about her personal experiences put the focus on women’s health issues, alcoholism, and addiction, prompting many to seek treatment themselves.
You don’t need to be a fan of President Ford or Betty Ford’s politics to enjoy Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer by Lisa McCubbin. This is an inspirational and sympathetic portrait of a woman dealing with many issues while living in the political arena.
Along the way, Honor befriends a local milliner named Belle who makes good use of Honor’s excellent quilting skills. Working in the shop, Honor meets Belle’s brother, a slave hunter, and witnesses some movement along the Underground Railroad, giving her insight into both those who seek to uphold the law and those who sought to help slaves to freedom. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier is a thought-provoking and leisurely-paced historical novel that is filled with interesting characters, loss, and a unique look at slavery in America through the eyes of the Quaker community.
The Greatest Showman is pure entertainment for school-aged children and adults. There is also a sing-a-long version. Check out The Greatest Showman: original motion picture soundtrack to listen to the incredible songs again.
In Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper plays Pat Solitano, a man suffering from bipolar disorder and has an obsession with his ex-wife, Nikki, who has a restraining order against him. Through a friend, Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), an unbalanced widow. He latches onto her when he learns that she knows Nikki. This poignant and sometimes comedic film has a colorful cast of characters, including Robert De Niro as Pat’s father, who is fanatical about the Philadelphia Eagles.
Browse Best On-Screen Couples for other couples you might enjoy watching.
Along the way, Donal asks characters to sign his memory book, which opens him up to all kinds of people on the road, from hobos and villains to soldiers and kind-hearted travelers, with a few recognizable faces, such as Jack Kerouac. Doig is a great storyteller, whose character-driven novel has a strong sense of place, keeping readers anticipating where the story will go next and who they will meet along the way. In Last Bus to Wisdom, it’s not about the destination, but the journey.
I prefer the original black and white version of Miracle on 34th Street, but there is a colorized version as well. We’ve got a list of other family Christmas movies.
Phaedra Patrick’s The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a heartwarming, poignant, and amusing story.