Author: BRIAN LOWRY, CNN

'Queen & Slim' builds a romance

"Queen & Slim" puts a timely spin on an old formula -- a road movie and romance borne in the ashes of police violence. Concerned with deeper issues, it's simultaneously a compelling story of an African-American couple getting to know each other in the wake of a crisis, as they undertake a seemingly hopeless quest to escape.

'Mad About You' reunites Reiser, Hunt as empty nesters

With so much else getting rebooted and revived, a "Mad About You" reunion series is hardly shocking. What's perhaps most surprising is seeing the one-time NBC hit relegated to an out-of-the-way spot on Spectrum, the cable distributor, where this amiable but disposable vanity project is likely to garner more media attention (hence this review) than viewers.

'The Mandalorian' blasts 'Star Wars' into the streaming frontier

"The Mandalorian" arrives with a lot of weight on its armored shoulders, not only representing the first live-action "Star Wars" series but easily providing the biggest original draw to help launch Disney+. Happily, the show's brisk, handsomely produced 39-minute premiere is a great deal of fun, giving fans reason to have a good feeling about this.

'The Morning Show' sounds muted alarm for Apple TV+

"The Morning Show" is the showiest of Apple TV+'s new series, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in a drama with a timely tie-in to the back-in-the-headlines scandal surrounding Matt Lauer's "Today" show exit. As executed, though, hold that wake-up call, considering that most of its big ideas essentially rehash ground "Network" covered more than 40 years ago.

'The Current War' casts dim light on birth of electricity

"The Current War" is a fascinating story, badly told. A casualty of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that has languished on the shelf for two years, this historical saga about the birth of electricity -- and the battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse -- isn't nearly as illuminating as it should be, despite a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch a

'Terminator: Dark Fate' blasts path to its origins

When the Terminator warned "I'll be back" 35 years ago, no one could have foreseen how true that catchphrase would become. Even so, "Terminator: Dark Fate" represents a welcome return to the its origins, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprising their roles, adding nostalgia and mythological heft that separates it from everything that has followed "Judgment Day."

'Living Undocumented' puts faces on families

"Living Undocumented" is a passionate piece of advocacy filmmaking, one that -- for all the tears and heart-wrenching moments -- will likely end up preaching to the choir. The Netflix presentation nevertheless puts faces on the toll of US immigration policy, while making a point of noting the role of past administrations as well as the current one.