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‘Big Little Lies’ mesmerizes

Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley take three very different roles and blend them into one compelling look at a community where nothing is as it appears in “Big Little Lies.” The HBO series shows the world of the haves and have-nots in Monterey, Calif., as they clash over everything from teaching methods to murder. Each episode peels away layers to reveal the deepest and darkest secrets. It’s all shown through flawless writing and mesmerizing performances.

Rick Bentley, Tribune News Service

• “The Circle”

• “Colossal”

• “Going in Style”

• “The Lovers”

• “Sleight”

• “Wakefield”