LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

The Netflix film Luckiest Girl Alive is secretly a drama tucked inside a mild thriller about how one woman’s traumas affect her years later. While this is a worthwhile topic, its creators seemed to think no one would pay attention without flashbacks of assault, knives dripping blood, and the soundtrack zinging in place of suspense.

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LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE – Review by Martha K Baker

Female as victim, with emphasis on rape, has served Hollywood well. While pretending to inveigh against such violence, these films have glamorized assault and added filmic battery with fragmented images of the victim. Thankfully, Luckiest Girl Alive is not that trite trope. The title is ironic. The multi-layered plot is trussed with conflicts. The last 15 minutes of Luckiest Girl Alive tie a beautiful ribbon of retribution on this gift of a film.

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892 (Sundance FF 2022) – Review by Leslie Combemale

Premiering at Sundance is director Abi Damaris Corbin’s feature film 892, based on the true story of Marine war veteran Brian Easley and the series of events that left him at the brink of homelessness, leading him to walk into a Wells Fargo in Atlanta, declare he had a bomb, and hold two women hostage for 3 hours. This tension-filled gut-wrenching tale unfolds with the intimacy of a chamber drama. It is as much an indictment of the Veterans Administration and its failure to support veterans, the lack of services for the mentally ill in this country, and the dangers of being a Black American, as it is a story of one man’s struggle and pain.

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THE WHITE LOTUS – Review by Martha K Baker

Set in a luxurious Hawaiian resort, The White Lotus is about entitlement, or “enwhitelment,” as a comedian labeled it, with people of color at the beck of white people as described by creator Mike White. But it’s also about political correctness, parenting, and complicity, about secrets and stealing and sex. The White Lotus satisfactorily delivers, just remember that “Aloha” means both “hello” and “goodbye.”

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THE WHITE LOTUS – Review by Susan Granger

As the plot of Mike White’s new HBO series unfolds, it’s as if Fantasy Island merged with The Love Boat. In the opening shot, a casket is being loaded onto a plane. It’s a mysteriously ominous beginning that soon shifts to a tropical island where smiling Armond , the smarmy resort manager, and his newly hired assistant Lani prepare to welcome new guests as they arrive at the luxurious White Lotus Hotel.

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PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN – Retroview by Susan Granger

This is, undoubtedly, the most kinky, provocative comic-book superhero ‘origin’ story – and it’s true! It begins with a public burning of Wonder Woman comics and the stern interrogation of Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) by Josette Frank (Connie Britton) of the Child Study Association of America, who grills him about his subversive obsession with bondage, which Marston maintains symbolizes his motivational theory.

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