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Month: May 2024

Lawman: Bass Reeves–A Truthful  Western

This true untold story about the first Black  US Marshall highlights Lawman Bass Reeves responsibilities for law enforcement in the Oklahoma Territories including Native lands.  One of the most legendary lawmen in the Old West, Lawman: Bass Reeves (David Oyelowo) opens with  Reeves heroically fighting in the Confederate army alongside his Texas slave owner on the eve of Reconstruction.  Despite  brutal circumstances and the lawlessness of racists and prairie vigilantes, Reeves struggles to be  a man with integrity in the face of immoral institutions.  Crisis after...

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Marsh King’s Daughter–A Companion Piece to Where the Crawdads Sing?

In this mystery thriller based on Karen Dionne’s novel of the same name, we see a story taking place  in a swamp with a young girl and her mother trapped by an abusive father.   The Marsh King’s Daughter opens with the ten-year old Helena [Brooklyn Prince of “Florida” (November 7, 2017 review )] in the woods with her father (Ben Mendelsohn of “Bloodline”), having a lesson in survival skills.  Helena is shown how to hunt and  skin wild animals as well as  how to interpret animal tracks.  All of these skills will prove invaluable...

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Poor Things–The Lucky Devils

Poor Things, starring Emma Stone in her 2024 Academy Award-winning role, is a feminist Frankenstein-like tale based upon Alasdair’s 1992  eponymous novel.   Opening  with emotionally and physically scarred mad scientist Godwin (“God”) Baxter (Willem Defoe) admiring his creation, Bella Baxter (Emma Stone) on the operating table, we know immediately that God’s sinister surgery has produced a freak.  He has given the gift of life back to Bella (ironically, “the beautiful”),  now reborn after she  jumped off the London Bridge.  Pregnant before committing...

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