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Screener Squad: The Good Nurse

The Good Nurse Movie Review


Doctor Strange, Hawkeye Pierce, Doc McStuffins, Richard Kimble, Dr. Teeth of The Electric Mayhem: All practitioners that heal the body and soothe the soul. But what about the unsung heroes that draw blood and take grievances? There’s Nurse Ratched, Annie Wilkes, and of course Greg Focker to name a few.  Surely there must be some good nurses out there in the historical archives of cinema? Which brings us to the Netflix feature The Good Nurse directed by Tobias Lindholm and written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns based on the true events of Charles Graeber’s book. Charlie Cullen (Eddie Redmayne) is transferred to a new hospital after the death of a patient under his care. His co-nurse Amy Loughren (Jessica Chastain) who has her own ailments to deal with discovers a slew of transfers between hospitals in Charlie’s past, each after mysterious circumstances that resulted in the death of one of his patients. In the film, she works together with internal affairs to expose the wicked practices of Charlie, and the hospital bureaucracy that let him continue his body count for so long. Bradly, Frank, and Kim practice the medicine of critique and diagnose the life of a thriller that gives away the cat and the bag within the opening credits. By review’s end they’ll determine what a good nurse truly is, why so many stories of good nurses are lacking in cinema, and decide if the leads are worthy of their Oscar glory.


DIRECTED BY: Tobias Lindholm

STARRING: Jessica Chastain, Eddie Redmayne, Nnamdi Asomugha, Noah Emmerich, Kim Dickens, Malik Yoba




Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)

Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.



Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



Kimberly Brown (Highly Suspect Reviews)

Kimberly wants to live in a world filled with blue telephone boxes, speedsters, and ice dragons but through an ironic twist of fate, she’s stuck in this reality where these wondrous things only exist on page or film. Kim’s perpetual desire to consume sci-fi and fantasy media as a teen led her to the study of illustration/design at university to better understand its creation. Currently an Austin transplant, when she’s not wearing her critic hat you can find her pretending to like hiking, fielding questions about her hair or maybe even enjoying a local brew at the nearest dive bar.



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