“Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.” (TV-PG) -- As the trend of TV reboots continues, we now have this updated version of the early ‘90s sitcom “Doogie Howser, M.D.” This time around the teenaged physician is a girl who’s balancing hospital rounds with time off surfing with friends in her home state of Hawaii. The 10-episode series stars 17-year-old Peyton Elizabeth Lee (who isn’t actually Hawaiian, so slight casting fail there). The original theme song now played on ukulele is a nice nostalgic touch. (Disney+)
“Sweet Girl” (R) -- In a very timely plot, Jason Momoa plays Ray Cooper, a Pittsburgh blue-collar worker who loses his young wife to cancer. Blaming a pharmaceutical company’s CEO for his wife’s death after the company pulls a life-saving medication from the market, Ray vows vengeance against him. His teenaged daughter, Rachel, insinuates herself into Ray’s violent attacks, and the two soon find themselves fleeing authorities. Fair warning, there are lots of graphic fight scenes that are painful to watch. But a plot twist changes the whole dynamic of the film, so you may end up watching it twice. (Netflix)
“9/11: Inside the President’s War Room” (NR)-- With all the previous documentaries that have come out over nearly 20 years, it’s hard to imagine there is still unseen footage, but such is the claim by the BBC production team bringing this doc just prior to the anniversary of 9/11. Narrated by Jeff Daniels, the film centers on the vantage points of President George Bush’s main advisers in the 12 hours following the Twin Tower strikes, from Vice President Dick Cheney and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, to the president’s Secret Sservice detail, his press secretary and the pilot of Air Force One. Hundreds of never-before-seen photographs and archived film give a new insight into the decision-makers on that horrific day. (Apple TV+)
“First Wives Club”(TV-14) -- This BET original series isn’t really a reboot of the hugely successful 1996 movie, it’s more like a reinterpretation of it in episodic form. It still focuses on three long-time friends who all find themselves divorcing their cheating or otherwise dubious husbands at the same time, but that’s where the similarities end. The jokes fall flat and the writing is uninspiring. Singer Jill Scott is dynamic, but her talents are underutilized here. (BET+)
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“I Don’t Like Mondays” (NR) -- This 2006 documentary tells the story of 16-year-old Brenda Spencer, who perpetrated America’s first mass school shooting. The 1979 tragedy inspired the pop song “I Don’t Like Mondays” by the Boomtown Rats, written for Spencer’s stated reason for why she began shooting that morning in San Diego. The film covers events up to and including her 2005 parole hearing, mostly through interviews with childhood survivors of the event, family members of those killed, police on scene and her own parents. What is unexpected is the shocking number of times that Spencer was repeatedly failed by adults who could have changed the course of her life, and how the public’s focus on her statement overshadowed the full story. (Prime Video)
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