Author: Valerie Ettenhofer

Bay Area freelance writer, podcast producer, TV lover, and cheese plate enthusiast.

‘Instant Family’ Review: Foster Parenting, Warts and All

The true-story based movie, starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, is better at honesty than comedy

TV Episodes to Fit Every Type of Thanksgiving

From 'Friends' to 'Mad Men,' we've got your post-turkey binge-session covered.

We Need To Talk About ‘Kidding’

The Jim Carrey-Michel Gondry series' first season felt like a grand experiment in imagination.

Every Musical Moment in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Ranked

From the Smile days to Live Aid, we rank the blockbuster biopic’s soundtrack-worthy moments

Sabrina, Buffy, and the Evolution of Fantastical Female Empowerment

One show's feminist ideology picks up where the other's left off.

‘Boy Erased’ Review: A Harrowing Outline of Conversion Camp

Kidman and Hedges anchor an important story that never quite connects.

30 Female Directors Who Would Kill It At Blumhouse

Or make horror movies anywhere else, for that matter.

‘Doctor Who’ Triumphs by Embracing the New

So far the energetic thirteenth doctor is one part Leslie Knope, one part Mrs. Frizzle, and many parts her endearing,…

‘The Favourite’ is a Huge Step Forward for Yorgos Lanthimos

He exchanges distance for intimacy to create three notably complex female characters.

Every Episode of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ Ranked

Few other series have captured the many nuances of wartime quite as well as this one, which believe it or…