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Month: April 2023

The Last of Us–An Apocalypse?

In a fictional America presented as 2023, not in the future, The Last of Us opens with the country under siege from a pandemic caused by a deadly fungus (cordyceps.)  Based on the insanely popular video game (over 20 million copies sold) by the same name, the screen adaptation takes the viewer into a toxic world with more developed characters and personalities. Ellie (Bella Ramsey of “Game of Thrones”) is a teenage orphan who is believed to be immune to the fungal disease that has wiped out most of the planet’s population.  Those who survive the fungus turn into monstrous,...

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The Good Nurse–Compromising Bedside Manner

Inspired by  a true story ripped from the headlines, The Good Nurse, a medical thriller, takes the viewer on a nightmare ride of the ICU unit at Parkfield Memorial Hospital, in New Jersey.  The year is  2003. Charlie Cullens (the incomparable Eddie Redmayne) is hired to help Amy Loughren (the always dazzling Jessica Chastain), an overworked  nurse and single mother with a life-threatening heart condition.  Ironically, Amy cannot afford the medical care she desperately needs while working in a hospital. Grateful to have a highly competent nurse to share...

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Narvik–A Forgotten Battle

In Narvik, a war drama inspired by historical events, we witness Hitler’s first defeat: in a small town in Norway called Narvik.  Although sparsely populated, Narvik is strategically situated as a northern Norwegian coastal port that supplies iron ore to both Germany and the Allies.  In April 1940, at the start of  two months of fierce winter warfare,  the Germans unilaterally seize a hotel for their center of command.    The Nazis rely upon Narvik for 85% of their iron ore supply.  However, Narvik considers itself a neutral supplier of iron ore to...

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Luther: The Fallen Sun

For fans of the BBC series, Luther (2010-2019), there is now a movie, “Luther: The Fallen Sun”, which continues the crime-solving by a London cop–John Luther (the magnetic Idris Elba) who is more troubled and morally conflicted than anyone else on the police force. Needless to say, he is also a genius in comprehending the most heinous of psychopaths in spite of his aversion to rules and legal procedures. The movie opens where Season Five of the Netflix series left off with Luther behind bars for failing to indict suspected murders he was investigating, one of whom was a lover, Alice...

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