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New Views and Three Gems from TIFF

  New Views and Three Gems from TIFF 28 October 2021 I am woefully behind in posting reviews so will do a roundup in brief before noting several fine selections from September’s Toronto film festival. Starting with streaming platforms, Netflix keeps adding enormous amounts of content.    That includes new seasons of “Sex Education” (B+, third season, 8 episodes) and the terrific Spanish-language thriller “Money Heist “ (A, fifth season, five of 10 episodes so far).   In the case of the former the randy high-schoolers are played by actors in their 20s.   (Lead character “Otis”, son of a sex therapist, is played by Asa Butterfield who is 24.)   An excellent new drama series is Maid (A, 10 episodes) starring Margaret Qualley as the single mom of a three-year old daughter Maddy who ekes out a precarious living cleaning houses.   It’s based on a real-life memoir.   In terms of lethal action, the hit new series is the Korean Squid Game (B+, nine episodes) in which the financially dis