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Screener Squad: Mare of Easttown

Mare of Easttown Series Review


The power of the miniseries remains as potent as ever judging by the wave of popularity that has erupted this past spring over HBO’s “Mare of Easttown”. A top-of-her-game Kate Winslet leads this 7-episode drama, along with solid support from actors such as Jean Smart, Evan Peters, Julianne Nicholson and Guy Pearce. From the writer of “Out of the Furnace” and “The Way Back”, this new series sees Winslet playing Mare Sheehan, a 40-something Pennsylvania police detective struggling to maintain a hold on her life. Besides still trying to solve the case of a missing girl from the year before, Mare is also dealing with her ex-husband remarrying, her daughter going off to college, losing custody of her grandson to his former addict mother and the unresolved issues she has regarding her son’s suicide. When another local girl ends up murdered, both sides of Mare’s world explode. Listen as Frank, Neil and Rae gush over how this rejuvenates the concept of appointment television with a compelling story that mixes a whodunnit and a character drama so well, it ended up breaking its own streaming service.


DIRECTED BY: Craig Zobel

STARRING: Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, David Denman, Neal Huff, Guy Pearce, Cailee Spaeny, John Douglas Thompson, Joe Tippett, Evan Peters, Sosie Bacon, James McArdle, Kate Arrington, Ruby Cruz, Eisa Davis, Sasha Frolova, Connie Giordano, Enid Graham, Deborah Hedwall, Dominique Johnson, Caitlin Houlahan, Izzy King, Cody Kostro, Mackenzie Lansing, Kiah McKirnan, Kassie Mundhenk, Cameron Mann, Patrick McDade, Eric T. Miller, Jack Mulhern, Patrick Murney, Chinasa Ogbuagu, Drew Scheid, Phyllis Somerville, Robbie Tann, Rosa Arredondo, Madeline Weinstein, Anthony Norman




Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)

I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.




Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)

You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.




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