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Ripley (2024)–The One Who Got Away?

Based upon Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 classic, The Talented Mr. Ripley, this neo-noir remake reinterprets good and evil, survival and triumph, guilt and psychopathology. Tom Ripley is a young intelligent grifter residing in squalor in the 1960s, sharing a filthy bathroom with sewage backing up into the drain.  Feeling destined for the best that money can buy, Ripley is determined to set out to live that life, leaving his small-time operation as a con-man in Brooklyn.  We know little of his backstory except he was an orphan having been abandoned after the death of an astringent,...

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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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Queen Charlotte–A Royal Prequel

Some may dislike misconstruing the history of great female leaders–or any history, for that matter,  for the sake of entertainment. Queen Charlotte, the newly created Netflix series by Shonda Rhimes, is a rollicking reimagining of the Regency period of King George III and Queen Charlotte. It follows from the three-seasons’ blockbuster series. Bridgerton. Since watching the opening episode of Bridgerton in which the magnetic Queen Charlotte (Golda Rosheuvel) presides over a competition to select the most eligible maidens for courting marriage proposals, Queen Charlotte has become...

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All the Light We Cannot See–Love is Blind

All the Light We Cannot See opens with a devoted, widowed father, Daniel LeBlanc (Mark Ruffalo),  teaching his young blind daughter, Marie (Aria Mia Loberti),  the intricacies of artifacts in the museum where he works as a locksmith.  Based upon the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Anthony Doerr, this four-part Netflix mini-series (released on November 2)  takes the viewer on an emotionally intense journey through Nazi-occupied France.   While teaching his daughter living skills to maneuver in a war-torn country–Marie’s father, Daniel,  builds a miniature...

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Can You See Us?–Before Your Eyes

The first full-length Zambian movie released  on Netflix (August 27), Can You See Us? is inspired by the life of John Chiti, a popular international  singer, who is albino.   (The main character is named Joseph in the film, not John.) When Chama gives birth to Joseph, his father rejects him and his mother.  Chama is thrown out of her home with nowhere to go.  A compassionate taxi driver Martin (Kondwani Elliot Zulu)  marries her and adopts Joseph as his son. The young family’s life becomes more and more difficult.  As an albino child, Joseph must  navigate a childhood of bullying....

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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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