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A Netflix series about Jeffrey Dahmer has garnered 196.2 million viewing hours during the first week it aired, according to film critic Carla Renata. But the series is also facing a backlash.

More people might be looking for a good film or series to watch as the weather begins to cool. Up To Date invited two movie critics to share suggestions of box office hits and movies and series worth streaming from home.

While Netflix's gruesome series depicting the victims of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is popular, it is also controversial among some film critics and surviving family members of Jeffrey Dahmer's victims. Film critics Carla Renata and Marya E. Gates have their own thoughts on the series.

Danielle Deadwyler stars in both a movie and a Netflix series our critics say are must sees this fall. And Marlon Wayans stars in a Halloween comedy movie for younger viewers.

Here are their current recommendations.

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Elizabeth Ruiz is a freelance producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact her at elizabeth@kcur.org or on Twitter at @er_bentley_ruiz
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