Review: Battle for Afghanistan

— by RON WILKINSON — Perhaps it is because of the staggering losses the Soviet Union has suffered in war that it took a Russian production to show the profound cost of military conflict with perfection. It also took profound courage to document the final days of the Soviet route from Afghanistan. Few countries have […][...]

Review: Cancer; The Integrative Perspective

— by BEV QUESTAD — Just as the intelligent world was desperately waiting for a vaccination for COVID, those enduring cancer, genetic disorders and neurologic diseases also have been desperately wanting effective treatment to end their suffering. Nathan Crane thinks he may have an answer. The good news is that with greater medical success, the […][...]

Review: Tragic Jungle (Selva trajica)

— by WILLIAM STERR — This is the fascinating story, set in the early 1920s, of a young woman in Belize fleeing an arranged marriage to a ruthless white trader. She flees into the jungle of Belize, where she comes upon a group of indigenous chicle gum collectors. The story opens with Agnes (Indira Rubie […][...]

Review: Sabaya

— by BEV QUESTAD — “Please come with me. I will help you,” patiently explains Mahmud. He is a volunteer for the Yazidi Home Center in Syria, a non-governmental retrieval station for kidnapped Yazidi women who were forced into being sex slaves called Sabaya. As Mahmud’s team quickly heads the frightened Yazidi girl into a […][...]

Dwayne Johnson launches road trip

— by LYNETTE CARRINGTON — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one busy movie star. His long-awaited Disney summer blockbuster “Jungle Cruise” launches on July 30, but he’s been doing some rather “spirited” business in the days leading up to the film’s release and moving through the summer. For those who may not know, Johnson founded […][...]

Review: This Is My Desire

— by RON WILKINSON — Mofe’s new name is Sanchez and Rosa’s new name is, well, Rosa. There is nothing else disclosed about their current names because until they leave Nigeria, they are nothing. Two persons smart, focused and dedicated to leaving their home country behind do what they have to do to survive and […][...]

Review: Dachra

— by RON WILKINSON — An encyclopedia of Western horror film tropes parades across the screen in this Tunisian discovered-film horror comedy. Almost nothing new here and yet things are thrown together in a way that speaks to talent if not good taste. Three naive journalism students are faced with a deadline for their senior […][...]

Review: Mama Weed

— by RON WILKINSON — A cop dabbles on the wrong side of the tracks in a mix of Robin Hood meets “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” threatening everything she has ever worked for. Growing up in a penniless Arabic immigrant household she is as determined as she is haunted by her father’s life […][...]

Review: The Hidden Life of Trees

— by BEV QUESTAD — The entire forest, both above and underground, is an entire social mesh of connection, a true worldwide web. National forests that have been protected and cared for can even be referred to as “super organisms” similar to “ant colonies.” Germany’s Peter Wohlleben, über forester, ecologist, and writer, walks through a […][...]

Review: Roadrunner

— by BEV QUESTAD — In Saigon, he chomps down on the beating heart of a live cobra, chewing it until swallowed. In Borneo, he thrusts a spear deep into a frantic Borneo pig for a village feast. Anthony Bourdain, a manic extremist, exclaims, “If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far […][...]