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Full Circle–Around and Around

The title, Full Circle,   represents  a belief in Guyana ritual and magic to break a family curse.   Savitri Mahabir (CCH Pounder), a Guyana racketeer,  has had a curse placed on her family, resulting in the murder of her  beloved brother-in-law.  Intent on breaking the curse, Mahabir creates a circle of vengeance–what comes around, goes around.  Literally, she orders a retaliatory murder in Washington Square Park, in  New York City.  To break the curse Guyana traditions must be followed, requiring  a circle for the crime to be  drawn...

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Paradise–Time is Money?

In Paradise, a  German dystopian sci-fi thriller,  Aeon has become a multi-billion dollar big-pharma conglomerate, founded by Olivia Theissen (Iris Berben) and her team of scientists. The biotech corporation has developed a revolutionary genetic tool that can  reverse the aging process and presumably delay death.  Donors of DNA, who are compatible with wealthy recipients, exchange  years of their lives for money–lots of it.     Time is the  currency. And only the very rich can benefit from this age-defying technology.  In...

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Hijack–Unfriendly Skies?

In this seven-episode miniseries, released June 29, we see Sam Nelson (Idris Elba), a professional business consultant and expert negotiator, attempt to persuade four terrorists to peacefully land a Dubai-London flight. Each one-hour episode simulates an hour of the seven-hour flight. The panicky passengers, mostly from Dubai and Great Britain, are ill-suited for the  required teamwork and  unified strategy to overcome the terrorists.  Sam, walking a tightrope between the passengers and hijackers, must convince the hijackers that passengers only want to see their families...

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Living–A Life Worth Remembering

Inspired by the Japanese cinematic masterpiece “Ikiru” (“to live”)  by Akira Kurosawa,  Living is set in a post-war 1950s London office, the Department of Public Works, responsible for issuing building permits. In a stultifying, paper-shuffling bureaucratic agency, septuagenarian Williams (Bill Nighy in his 2023 Academy Award nominated role) manages a crowded office crammed with  young civil servants. They are terrified of the old geezer,  whom they have nicknamed “Zombie” for his lack of apparent emotion and his robotic demand for propriety at all times.  Williams...

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Trial by Fire–A Personal Ordeal

Trial by Fire, based on the memoir written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, explores the lack of legal accountability and justice following  the Uphaar fire in a Delhi movie theater  in 1997.  Fifty-nine people were killed, mostly families treating themselves to an afternoon at the movies.  The Krishnamoorthy couple lose both of their teenage children in the tragic disaster.   What follows is a first-hand look at the frustration of the victims investigating the Uphaar theater fire. Neelam organizes other victims’ families to advocate for a fair...

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Chloe–A Fatal Attraction

Chloe is a 2009 erotic sleeper of a remake of the 2003 French thriller, “Nathalie,” and directed by Atom Egoyan. A middle-aged affluent couple, Catherine (Julianne Moore) and David (Liam Neeson), seem, on first appearance, to be a happily married professional couple. Catherine is a caring and devoted gynecologist and David is a professor of music. Their teenage son Michael (Max Thieriot from “Bates Motel”) is   interested in music and has a closer relationship with his father than his mother who desperately wants to be closer.   When David misses a flight back...

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