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Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me paints portrait of poisonous fame [Apple TV+ review] ★★★

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Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me★★★
Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me shows the private side of a public life
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TV+ ReviewIn new Apple TV+ documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me, we take a trip into the center of the pop star’s world to discover her journey has been nothing but hardship surrounded by impossible highs, which makes coping with her fame something like a near-impossibility.

Narrated by Gomez herself and directed by Alek Keshishian (Madonna: Truth or Dare), this revealing, well-intentioned and often quite beautiful documentary gets us inside of her turmoil and the whirlwind of both her fame and her illness. It’s important for people to know that being America’s sweetheart is no picnic, and that the machinery of fame is parasitic and unyielding. Hopefully, someone, somewhere will pull the brakes on throwing kids into the show business maelstrom.

Louis Armstong’s Black & Blues takes a bold look at a jazz legend [Apple TV+ review] ★★★★

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Louis Armstrong’s 'Black & Blues' review: A wealth of archival footage gives us a rare portrait of jazz legend Louis Armstrong.★★★★
A wealth of archival footage gives us a rare portrait of a jazz legend in Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues.
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TV+ Review New Apple TV+ documentary Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues takes a lively and appropriately soulful look at the man who invented popular music in America as we know it today.

The film, which premieres today on Apple’s streaming service, brims with expert testimony from witnesses, fans, friends, and family of the incredibly influential jazz musician. It’s bolstered by a cornucopia of rare archival footage and photographs that root Armstrong firmly in history.

Louis Armstrong is too big a subject to think you could ever fully capture him, so director Sacha Jenkins treats this project as just one man’s look at another man. It’s remarkably successful.

Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me trailer explores star’s troubled past

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'Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me' trailer explores star's troubled past
Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me premieres in November on Apple TV+.
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At first glance, Selena Gomez is a fabulously successful actress and singer. But she has had her share of troubles, including medical and mental health problems.

Upcoming Apple TV+ documentary Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me looks at her struggles to overcome these challenges. And the first trailer, released Monday by Apple, gives us a sense of what to expect.

Korean mermaids are coming to Apple TV+

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A commemoration of the haenyeo stands on Jeju Island.
A commemoration of the haenyeo stands on Jeju Island.
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“Korea’s mermaids,” also affectionally known as “rowdy grandmas,” are elderly free divers who for generations have caught seafood off South Korea’s Jeju Island to feed their community.

They’re known in Korean as the haenyeo. Apple TV+ said Tuesday an upcoming documentary film will tell their story, including how younger generations are filling their ranks to keep the time-honored — and environmentally sustainable — tradition from dying out.

Sidney stands proud as a gripping portrait of Poitier [Apple TV+ review] ★★★★☆

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'Sidney' review: Sidney Poitier bears all in new Apple TV+ documentary.★★★★☆
Sidney Poitier bears all in new documentary Sidney.
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New Apple TV+ documentary Sidney tells the story of the great actor and activist Sidney Poitier. Filmed just before his death in January 2022, the film delivers a gripping, first-person chronicle of a man discovering himself, finding his talent, and divining the character of the country he called home.

Irreplaceable guests like Greg Tate, Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte join Poitier to recount his life and times in the excellent Sidney, from director Reginald Hudlin and producer Oprah Winfrey.

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton cheer Gutsy women in Apple TV+ trailer

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Certain powerful and accomplished woman inspire Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.
Certain powerful and accomplished woman inspire Hillary and Chelsea Clinton.
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In the first trailer for upcoming docuseries Gutsy, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton take part in animated discussions with strong and accomplished women who inspire them.

The list of participants in the series, which premieres September 9 on Apple TV+, is truly varied. It includes famous names from different walks of life, including Kim Kardashian, Gloria Steinem and Jane Goodall.

Sidney Poitier doc explores legendary actor’s legacy [Trailer]

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First Sidney trailer explores Poitier’s powerful legacy
Sidney honors a legend and his legacy as an iconic actor, filmmaker and activist.
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Sidney Poitier was the first Black man to win an Oscar for Best Actor. His willingness to stand up to racism made him both loved and hated in 1960s America. An Apple TV+ documentary honoring his life and legacy premieres September 23.

A trailer for the film, called simply Sidney, debuted Tuesday.

Apple TV+ taps Clintons for docuseries about Gutsy women

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In new Apple TV+ docuseries Gutsy, Chelsea and Hillary Clinton will interview women that inspire them.
New docuseries Gutsy puts Chelsea and Hillary Clinton in the driver's seat.
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In new Apple TV+ documentary series Gutsy, Hillary Rodham Clinton and her daughter Chelsea Clinton will interview women the pair find inspirational.

The eight-part docuseries, based on the Clintons’ bestseller The Book of Gutsy Women, will premiere September 9, Apple said Thursday in a press release.

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10 best movies on Apple TV+

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Best movies on Apple TV+
Ready for movie night? These are the best movies on Apple TV+.
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From Irish folklore to ’60s New York, from culture clashes to meteors, here is a list of the very best films on Apple TV+ so far.

You can divine the company’s best impulses by seeing the best films it acquired, from arcane, auteurist curiosities and thoughtful genre pieces to documentaries that attempt to break free from the usual niches.

Home builds bigger in dispiriting second season [Apple TV+ review] ★★☆☆

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Home review Apple TV+: A sprawling 17th-century home in France gets remade on the inside.★★☆☆
A sprawling 17th-century home in France gets remade on the inside.
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Apple TV+ documentary series Home returns Friday for a second season of wonky architecture and human interest stories. The streamer is banking on the beauty of accessibility as spectacle and drama to bring audiences back for more feel-good TV.

The houses the series showcases look glorious, to be sure. But the stories are meant to be as much of a hook as the sight of impossible angles and cozy nooks nestled in wondrous corners of the earth.