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Little poetry, lots of partying in ‘The Laureate’

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Little poetry, lots of partying in ‘The Laureate’

MOVIE REVIEW

“THE LAUREATE”

Rated R. On VOD.

Grade: B

A biographical film about the World War I veteran, poet and novelist Robert Graves (Tom Hughes), “The Laureate” begins after the war when “war poet” Robert, his artist and illustrator wife Nancy Nicholson (Laura Haddock) and their young daughter Catherine (Indica Watson) live together at a cozy home dubbed World’s End. Their lives are happy aside from Robert’s frequent nightmares of the battlefield. Seriously wounded, Graves was thought to have been killed in France. His mother even received a telegram confirming it.

When Robert expresses admiration for the poetry of American writer and proto-feminist Laura Riding (Dianna Agron of “Glee,” also a producer), Nancy asks him to invite her to stay with them. As Nancy says in a voice-over, she “invited a serpent into (their) home.”

In London, Robert spends time with fellow poets T.S. Eliot (Christien Anholt) and Siegfried Sassoon (Timothy Renouf) and publisher Jonathan Cape (Edward Bennett). The expected flirtation with Laura begins. But, surprisingly, she and Nancy initiate an affair first. Laura is a Jew from New York City’s Lower East Side. But she looks and almost sounds like she could be English herself.

Soon, the three adults are enjoying a happy threesome, and Robert has broken free of the writer’s block he was experiencing. He gets a marvelous offer to write a biography of his friend T. E. Lawrence for the princely sum of 300 pounds. But it must be written in London in three months. Given the copious partying going on in London with Laura and Robert’s new friends, none of whom appear to have any pants, it’s amazing to hear later that Robert actually found time to write the book.

Enter Geoffrey Phibbs (Fra Fee), a young Irish poet that Laura takes a fancy to and who soon becomes part of this libidinous literary daisy chain. “The Laureate” is one of those biographical films that make the mistake of neglecting the artistry that makes its subject fascinating and famous and replacing it with the banal and familiar details of his or her rocky love life. Graves became famous to the world as the author of “I, Claudius,” “The Golden Fleece,” “The White Goddess” and his World War I memoir “Good-Bye to All That.” All of these are still in print. But you will hear very little about any one of them except an offhand reference by Graves about a book about ”ancient Rome.” Oh, that.

Tom Hughes stars in ‘The Laureate’ as World War I veteran, poet and novelist Robert Graves.

American writer-director William Nunez (TV’s “The Beat with Ari Melber”) gives “The Laureate” a “Downton Abbey” look and feel. Leading man Hughes (“Red Joan”) appears to have a chestnut-colored collie on top of his head. I thought of his dangling forelock as the creature’s wagging tail. His Graves seems literary enough, if also rather monotonous and gloomy. Why doesn’t he talk about his work? It has to be more interesting than that night’s tipsy shag.

As Nancy, Haddock has more to offer since Nancy is an artist, wife and mother, and she has more sexuality to bring to the table after Laura arrives. Laura awakens something within both Robert and Nancy. Agron is mysterious and charismatic as Cornell graduate and award-winning poet Riding. But she cannot do anything to stop Riding from being the venomous villain Nancy refers to in the opening voice-over.

“The Laureate” is not bad. But the author of “I, Claudius” deserves more than a soap opera.

(“The Laureate” contains sexually suggestive scenes, nudity and profanity.)

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WCHA Final Faceoff returning for Ridder in 2023, 2024

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Minnesota will play host to the next two WCHA Final Faceoff championship tournaments, the school announced Wednesday. The 2023 event is scheduled for March 3-4, 2023, at Ridder Arena.

The Gophers won the regular-season WCHA championship last season before being edged by eventual national champion Ohio State in the conference tournament final at Ridder.

The 2025 NCAA Frozen Four is scheduled to be played at Ridder Arena, as well.

GOALIES TO USA CAMP

Gophers junior Makayla Pahl and freshman Skylar Vetter have been selected to attend the 2022 USA Hockey National Goaltending Camp in Plymouth, Mich. They will join 27 other men’s and women’s goaltenders for the May 19-22 camp at USA Hockey Arena.

Pahl recently completed her best season at the U, posting a 9-1-0 record with a 1.70 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in 15 games. Lakeville’s Vetter appeared in 11 games in her first collegiate season, going 6-2-0 record with a 1.57 GAA and a .926 save percentage.

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New York State Accuses Amazon of Discrimination, Just the Latest Conflict Between the Company and New Yorkers

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New York State is accusing Amazon of violating discrimination laws, alleging the corporation denies appropriate accommodations for pregnant and disabled workers.

The complaint, filed by the state’s Division of Human Rights and announced in a statement by Gov. Kathy Hochul, accuses Amazon of forcing its warehouse workers to take unpaid medical leave instead of adjusting their duties, as required by state law. Amazon has 39,000 employees working in 23 New York facilities, according to the state.

The state maintains that Amazon employs “accommodation consultants,” who make recommendations on how to modify duties for disabled employees, but the company empowers its managers to override those recommendations. In one case, the state claims, a pregnant worker was forced to continue lifting heavy boxes despite having asked for an accommodation. The request was denied and the worker was injured. A further request for accommodation for the injury was also denied, forcing the worker to take unpaid leave. Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.

Amazon’s reputation as an unsafe workplace

Amazon has struggled with a reputation for being an unsafe employer, and according to one union-sponsored study of government data, its warehouse employees suffer injuries at twice the rate of workers at non-Amazon facilities. The injuries are based in part on the company’s productivity quotas, which can demand employees skip breaks or lunch hours, and have prompted California to pass a law restricting them. Amazon says the high number of injuries were in part the result of a rapid increase in employment during the Covid-19 pandemic, and that it spent $300 million on worker safety in 2021.

Workplace safety was one of the rallying points for the Amazon Labor Union, the independent union that organized an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York, and the state’s lawsuit is just the latest friction point between Amazon and New Yorkers.

Along with the unionization effort, which succeeded after similar attempts failed in other states, New York City notably rejected Amazon’s bid to build a second headquarters in Queens, New York. Queens and northern Virginia were selected after a highly publicized and lengthy search process, and while many cities were eager to shower Amazon with tax breaks for the privilege of hosting its offices, New Yorkers balked at $3 billion in incentives and the potential for increased traffic, rent increases and gentrification. (Despite noisily severing its deal with the city, Amazon has since stealthily leased huge amounts of office space while hiring thousands.)

Hochul, the former Lt. Governor who stepped in after the resignation of Andrew Cuomo, is running for election as a Democrat this fall. An upstate moderate, she is looking to make inroads with progressives in New York City. Given the city’s contentious relationship with Amazon, it seems likely that taking aim at the tech giant will only help her standing among the city’s liberals.

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Law & Order: SVU Season 23 Finale: May 19 Release, Time And Plot Speculations

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Law & Order: SVU Season 23 Finale: May 19 Release, Time And Plot Speculations

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the first and longest-running spin-off of Law & Order that started in 1999 is coming with its final episode on 19th May and will leave viewers wanting more. Episode 22, titled “a final call at Forlini’s Bar,” will be released on NBC this week, concluding the season that premiered last September.

Season 23 stars Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T, Peter Scanavino, Aime Donna Kelly, Demore Barnes, Blake Morris, Peter Hargrave, Lou Martini Jr., Stephen Wallem, and Jamie Gray Hyder in primary roles, though Barnes and Hyder have said their goodbyes to the series in the initial episode of the season already.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – What Is The Series All About? 

The Special Victims Unit is the elite force of NYPD that mainly tackles and investigates darker crimes than most – sexual assault, child molestation, child abuse, and domestic violence. Considering how heavy these cases tend to be, the series focuses on the mental and psychological effects of it on the department detectives and their lives as well.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is by far the longest-running US primetime series and the only one ongoing up to this date since its premiere in 1999.

The series is produced by Dick Wolf’s Wolf Entertainment production house and Universal Television, and Warren Leight is the present showrunner. Mariska Hargitay, who plays the main character Captain Olivia Benson, is currently an executive producer.

Episode 22: When And Where To Watch It?

Episode 22 of Law & Order: Special Victim Unit, which has added up to 514 episodes since the series started, will be airing on 19th May, Thursday at NBC, at 9 PM ET. The series would be available to stream on fuboTV, Hulu, Peacock Premium, and Amazon Prime Videos.

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Episode 22: What Can We Expect?

The last episode of the season, directed by Juan Campanella, has the squad confronting another problem. The synopsis for the episode says that the unit is providing support and protection to a domestic violence victim. However, the trial holds a twist.

That is to say, the episode is sure to be a roller coaster of turns, and our favorite squad needs to go above and beyond to finally get a rest (God knows they need a break!).

It is to remain whether the people involved in the case get their due justice and if the season ends up positively.

What Comes Next?

Yes, it’s a goodbye for our Special Victims Unit Squad, but it’s not forever! Luckily for us, NBC has already renewed the series for 3 seasons in 2020, which means, for the time being, we have confirmation that we are getting the next season, 24, in some time. Mariska Hargitay is not going anywhere, and neither are we.

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