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A stunning revelation and an unexpected alliance shake up The Mosquito Coast [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆

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The Mosquito Coast recap Apple TV+: Dina (played by Logan Polish, right) finally discovers the awful truth about her mom Margot (Melissa George).★★★★☆
Dina (played by Logan Polish, right) finally discovers the awful truth about her mom Margot (Melissa George).
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TV+ ReviewAllie Fox finds himself in a tight corner this week on The Mosquito Coast, the absorbing Apple TV+ series about a family on the run from the U.S. government. His son Charlie’s been compromised, so Allie must do a local criminal kingpin a favor. And that puts him in a car with William Lee, the man who tried to kill him.

Also, daughter Dina learns something about her mom Margot that changes everything about their relationship. It’s a magnificently tense and very strong episode all around.

Shantaram seethes with double-crosses and lust for revenge [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Shantaram recap: Everything's coming to a boil, including our hero's temper, as Shantaram heads for its final curtain.★★★
Everything's coming to a boil, including our hero's temper, as Shantaram heads for its final curtain.
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TV+ Review This week on Shantaram, Lin is ready to flee except for one big thing: He wants revenge. The Apple TV+ limited series about a benevolent fugitive on the run from his past is coming to a bloody head as Lin tries to square accounts, Karla runs around town preparing the double-cross of a lifetime, the grim specter of death arrives in Bombay, and everyone else is caught in the middle.

Though this episode is well-played, it focuses on Shantaram’s least-interesting characters.

On Shantaram, our hero needs to escape from Bombay [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★☆☆

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Shantaram recap Apple TV+: Lindsay Ford (played by Charlie Hunnam) realizes it's go time.★★★☆☆
Lindsay Ford (played by Charlie Hunnam) realizes it's go time.
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TV+ ReviewThis week on Shantaram, the Apple TV+ limited series about a fugitive trying and failing to lie low in ’80s Bombay, our hero sees that his days in his new home are numbered. The only question is, will he leave before a trap is sprung on him or meet his destiny head-on?

Lin and Karla aren’t sure they want to say goodbye, Modena makes a risky move (and Lisa’s caught up in his wake), and Pandey must put his money where his mouth is or risk everything.

Everybody’s escape plans are falling apart in a reasonably gripping outing of this reasonably gripping show.

Everyone’s looking for a way out on The Mosquito Coast [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆

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The Mosquito Coast recap Apple TV+: The members of the Fox family face troubles old and new this week.★★★★☆
The members of the Fox family face troubles old and new this week.
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TV+ ReviewThe Mosquito Coast hits a dead end this week, and the only one happy about it is Allie Fox. His wife Margot and daughter Dina get desperate looking for a way out of their situation, even as their hosts start to have major second thoughts about their new guests.

Charlie puts himself at risk, Dina goes on a fateful date, Margot throws a Hail Mary — and Allie’s one step ahead of everybody. As we’ve come to expect from Mosquito Coast, this is one tense hour of television.

Shantaram shines with a street fight in Bombay’s slums [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Shantaram recap Apple TV+: Just as in real life, everybody's flawed in Shantaram.★★★
Just as in real life, everybody's flawed in Shantaram.
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TV+ Review In this week’s edition of Apple TV+ limited series Shantaram, Lin recovers from cholera with Karla’s help, and she’s discovering she isn’t the moral person she’d been hoping she was deep down. Shah and Khan go to war over water, Prabhu gets a win, Ravi makes a chilling discovery, and Lisa and Modena have an ultimatum or two in front of them.

As the show enters its back half, Shantaram’s becoming a very agreeable place to hang — even with all the bad people hanging around.

Cholera and shady sex take a toll on Shantaram [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Shantaram recap Apple TV+: During an outbreak of disease, Lin Ford (played by Charlie Hunnam) makes a sketchy deal.★★★
During an outbreak of disease, Lin Ford (played by Charlie Hunnam) makes a sketchy deal.
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TV+ Review There’s a cholera outbreak this week on Apple TV+ epic Shantaram, and impostor doctor Lin Ford finds himself in the thick of it. If he saves lives, he’ll become a hero. If he doesn’t, he’ll be a pariah.

Meanwhile, Lisa and Karla make business arrangements that threaten relationships with the people closest to them. Abdullah gives Maurizio an ultimatum, Khan gives the competition a scare, and Lin must make some very hard choices.

It’s another gripping episode of the Bombay-set thriller.

The Foxes need quick fixes on this week’s The Mosquito Coast [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆

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The Mosquito Coast recap Apple TV+: Engine trouble leads to big trouble -- and big revelations -- for the Fox family.★★★★☆
Engine trouble leads to big problems -- and big revelations -- for the Fox family.
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TV+ ReviewThis week on Apple TV+ thriller The Mosquito Coast, the Fox family’s boat suffers some serious damage but the show itself refuses to run aground.

Allie suffers a bad bug bite that takes him out of the equation when they need him most. Plus, Charlie finally comes clean about his guilt, and Dina starts being honest with herself. It’s an excellent episode with all the tension and beauty you could hope for.

The Mosquito Coast’s second season starts with a bang [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★★☆

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The Mosquito Coast season 2 recap Apple TV+: Allie Fox (played by Justin Theroux) comes clean to the kids -- mostly -- in the season two premiere.★★★★☆
Allie Fox (played by Justin Theroux) comes clean to the kids -- mostly -- in the season two premiere.
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TV+ ReviewApple TV+ show Mosquito Coast returns Friday with more under-the-radar thrills. Based on the book by Paul Theroux and starring his nephew Justin as wanted criminal and escape artist Allie Fox, Mosquito Coast is about the many little compromises we make on our way to what we hope is a better life.

In the season two opener, Allie and his wife Margot reminisce about their past lives for their children Dina and Charlie, finally explaining why they’ve been living their lives on the run this whole time. And one telling lie means they’re still not really ready to be honest. It’s a solid return to form after last year’s stellar season finale.

Even with the threat of a noose, Shantaram’s still a pretty good hang [Apple TV+ recap] ★★★

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Shantaram recap: Charlie Hunnam's effortless vibe infects Shantaram.★★★
Charlie Hunnam's effortless vibe gives Shantaram a definite boost.
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TV+ Review This week on Apple TV+ drama/thriller Shantaram, it’s all about escapes. Lin knows a story about his medical work will bring his flight from justice to the attention of the authorities, so it’s time to leave Bombay.

Meanwhile, Prabhu and Parvati want to marry in secret before her parents can prevent it. Lisa discovers Modena is still up to his old tricks, and now she wants out of their new arrangement. And just when Lin is in line for a fake passport, a whole new situation arises that threatens his freedom. It’s a suitably tense time.

In Causeway, Jennifer Lawrence gets back to indie basics [Apple TV+ review] ★★★

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Causeway review: Jennifer Lawrence plays an injured vet in new Apple TV+ drama Causeway.★★★
Jennifer Lawrence plays an injured vet in new Apple TV+ movie Causeway.
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TV+ ReviewDepressive drama Causeway, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as a recovering Afghanistan war veteran trapped in her hometown, marks the latest collaboration between indie film company A24 and Apple TV+.

Lawrence, dipping her toe back into being a movie star following last year’s Don’t Look Up, returns to her roots in the film, which premieres Friday on Apple TV+. Causeway hits a lot of expected Sundance/indie movie beats but finds grace notes in quieter, less empathic scenes.