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The ‘Outer Range’ is the way there – but it’s cool

Paranormal activities and a land-grabbing story that hunts down a family in range blend well in Amazon Prime’s “Otter Ring” trilogy, which comes out Friday.

If this isn’t your bag, how about gambling with a nice and knowledgeable travel guide with a great resume – Barack Obama. A former breeze sets us off to meet creatures big and small in our “great national parks”.

These two series, along with a comprehensive documentary on the deeds of the wealthy Abercrombie and Fitch, top our report this week.

External Range: Executive Produced by Brad Pitt, this Amazon Prime series has been dubbed a mix of “Yellowstone” and “The X-Files”. It’s a fairly legitimate comparison, but the synopsis fails to show how well this supernatural eight-episode modern-day setting in the West is so uniquely gothic and so much like a spirit animal to Twin Peaks.

Josh Brolin contributed greatly to the success of the show, making a relaxed and sexy look as the Wyoming Ranch Royal Abbot, a loyal family man who feels heated by the tug-of-war between his clan and his rich, wealthy neighbors Tillerson, a modern family decked out in designer failed outfits and racing on expensive ATVS instead of Boring old school horses.

What motivates the plot is the astonishing appearance of two entities – one is a mysterious young woman (Imogen Potts) who asks to camp in Abbot’s space, and the other is an otherworldly predatory crater sucking Earth and other things on Royal and the property of his wife Cecilia (Lily Taylor).

When an ominous drunken night’s showdown occurs, the series’ narrative flames ignite as Royal takes drastic steps to protect his bosom. The “Outside Scale” setting makes viewing easy, especially if you’re a fan of the Westerns and low-key sci-fi. Characteristic secondary characters also pique our interest, including Indigenous Vice Mayor Joey (Tamara Podimsky) and Tillerson’s quirky, elusive son, Billy (the prominent Noah Reed in “Shit Creek”) who engages in song regardless of continent.

This well-written whimsical series from model Brian Watkins will have you hooked right from the start. details: 3 stars out of 4; Two episodes will drop on April 15th on Amazon Prime, with two more Fridays.

Our Great National Parks: To no one’s surprise, Barack Obama makes an exemplary and charismatic tour guide, dispensing with wit and wisdom with his upscale, confident demeanor. The ex-boss is narrating this stunningly filmed five-part Netflix nature documentary series. The purpose of the Parks is to indirectly send viewers to wander the world so that they can better appreciate all the plants and animals – some rare, endangered, or both – that our planet has to offer. It creates a feast for the senses and encourages us to want to preserve what we see. While the first episode is very busy, the next episode calms down and gives up all control over the actions of the animals that make us oh-wah. Wise move. Yes, David Attenborough is still the penultimate host of Nature Docs, but Obama along with his high-earth productions are not second-class, demonstrating knowledge and passion for their subjects and commitment to making this series first-class. It makes perfect viewing since Earth Day (April 22) is fast approaching. details: 3 Stars is now available on Netflix.

White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch: This Netflix documentary revisits the horrific hiring practices and company culture of a leading one-time clothing chain — all the rage in the ’90s and part of the 2000s. During Abercrombie & Fitch’s heyday, the chain made a name for itself with its rocking, sometimes-influenced music, typical sales staff, the store’s intoxicating scent, and the perfectly chiseled, near-naked torso that accessorized their in-store bags. Director/producer Alison Kleiman’s clever overview of the series that insists its cast play hard and look perfect doesn’t reveal much about anything new but does raise the voices of former employees, journalists, and other commentators about those times. The result is a complex picture of a company that once only wanted to invite a homogeneous white sales force to its table, and then not only learned to regret it, but eventually pivoted to becoming all-inclusive. It is an insightful look back. details: 3 Stars drops April 19 on Netflix.

Spiritwalker: The ghost of the silly 1997 John Woo classic action movie Face/Off, with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, surrounds this martial arts saga that confuses you with hell but makes more sense as the story approaches the front and the body count soars.

Why is it so confusing? Plot Reflection: The main character (Yoon Kye-sang from the K-pop god) finds himself stuck in a coma but has the ability to send his soul into other bodies. Desperate to figure out what got him into his hospital bed, he collects clues while, of course, dodging bullets, cars, and bad guys.

This new South Korean film makes American action movies feel like child’s play with its wit, moody cinematography, and stunning and astounding martial arts sequences. Simply check your sense of logic at the door and surrender to this exciting and fun journey. details: 3 Stars is available to stream on Hi-Yah and Amazon Prime.

“carrots”: In this gentle, calm, and emotional drama set in Canada, Filipino immigrant Joshua (Rogelio Balagtas, who won a Special Jury Prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival for his performance) gets stuck in an all-too-familiar pattern of the schedule. His needs and desires so that he can take care of his elderly parents. Incapacitated by his own shyness, Joshua leads a sluggish, idle life. This was until his cousin Marisol (Sheila Luttwako) entered the pious Catholic family after a funeral. Director Martin Edralin’s first restrained feature depicts the complexity of being a caregiver, showing the sacrifices it takes and how the role can turn into a crutch to avoid dealing with the difficult things inside of us all. “Islands” is by no means a bad movie, but the hope and love for its characters, especially Joshua, comes from a place of realism rather than fanciful optimism. It’s beauty but it requires patience as it reflects the daily pace of Joshua’s life. details: 3 stars screens at 8:30 p.m. on April 19 at the Roxy Theater in San Francisco.

“Double”: Writer/director Riley Stearns’ genre mix is ​​a weird duck, semi-reproduced comedy/thriller that doesn’t hit the right color marks consistently like it should. Karen Gillian makes us forgive but not forget the plot lapses, including the ending that you like from afar but is anti-climate. After receiving a definitive diagnosis, she chose to have her sub for a while so that those around her could facilitate her death. It backfires, of course, leading to a superhero-like showdown between clones. Stearns is a talented filmmaker but there is a feeling that one needs more storyboards, so those laughs and bouts of violence hit more. As it stands now, “Dual” sometimes scores but more often than not it delivers a quick hit. Aaron Paul, in a very small role, is just as funny as her coach Trent. details: 2 Stars opens in select theaters April 15.

“Jump, darling”: A rising drag performer, Russell (Thomas Duplessy), is abandoned by his friend, and after a drunken bad night, falls for Grandma (Cloris Litchman) and decides to stay on the spell, in a move that has unexpected benefits for both. Not many new areas are explored here but what is surprising is the emotional power of Phil Connell’s touch feature. This is largely due to the legendary Litchman, in her last film role. details: 3 stars available on Google Play, Vudu, Apple TV, and other streaming platforms.

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