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Prisoner–Trapped with No Escape

In this  six-episode Danish prison drama (2024), Prisoner, the action pops in the opening scene.  Miriam (Sofie Gråbøl) is a veteran prison guard with some compassion for the inmates, perhaps the only one with human feelings for the incarcerated.  Until Sammi (Youssef Wayne Hvidtfeldt), of Danish-Arab ethnicity: a new recruit who desires to support prisoners for the good of society at large. Henrik (David Dencik) is also a veteran prisoner guard, one who has manipulated the prison system for his own self-interest,  taking a percentage of the drugs that sedate...

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Arctic Circle–Shivering with Fear

Set in the Lapland region of Finland, the Finnish-German three-season thriller, Arctic Circle, Nina Kautsalo (Iina Kuustonen), is determined to solve three multiple murder cases, one in each season.  Nina is a single mom with a Down syndrome daughter, Venla, who is cared for by her devoted grandmother. Nina, in turn, is  supported by an understanding director and her police colleagues.  Besides the inevitable struggles to balance work and family, she also has to deal with Venla’s yearning to know her estranged father and also with Marita (Pihla Vittala of “Deadwind”), Nina’s...

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Saltburn–Class Wounds

Saltburn is a 2023 highly original indie psychological thriller written, directed, and co-produced by Emerald Fennell (creator of “A Promising Young Woman”, see my March 25,2021 review).   A brilliant middle-class Oxford student with  few friends (except for one rather sadistic roommate), Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan from “Banshees of Inisherin”) has little appeal with women, but outsized ambitions to be popular with his fellow aristocratic students. A coming-of-age film this is not! Supernaturally handsome Felix Catton (Jacob Elordi), befriends Oliver after  Oliver...

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith–Trust Issues

The mini-series, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which premiered in February of this year on Amazon Prime, is much more than a remake of the popular 2005 movie starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.  While still  anchored in a main plot of espionage hijinks, now the drama has been embedded within  a rom-com  infused  by the chemistry between its charming leads, Donald Glover (John Smith) and Maya Erskine (Jane Smith).   As two lonely, unemployed millennials, they  independently agree to become secret agents for a mysterious organization requiring them to go undercover as a married...

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The Burial–Reaching Beyond the Grave

The wealthy almost always have an impact on the financial decisions of the poor and on limiting their options to make informed choices. Combine that with the shameful  racist history in the US and we have the new Amazon Prime release: The Burial. Based upon a true story,  the opening scene features small business proprietor, Jeremiah O’Keefe (Tommy Lee Jones), celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday. Surrounded by his loving wife and many adult children and grandchildren, all is not well for Jeremiah.  His Biloxi, Mississippi funeral home business of eight branches...

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Women Talking–In the Name of Religion

Directed by Sarah Polley, based on the titular novel by Miriam Toews, Women Talking is inspired by a true story of horrific mass rapes in a small Mennonite community.  Intentionally ambiguous with regard to time and place, the religious colony in Women Talking is cut off from the modern world:  any place in America full of barns, overalls and horse-drawn-carts will do. Women Talking  explores the wide-ranging  challenges and obstacles faced by women when their bodies and dignity have been ravaged. Co-produced  by Frances McDormand (“Macbeth”....

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