NYFF REVIEW: ‘Beginning’ (2020) is a Quietly Harrowing Evocation of Self-Realization

“Beginning is an assured feature debut with an unfortunately opaque focus on female trauma.”

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LFF REVIEW- ‘The Reason I Jump’ (2020) is an Essential Documentary on Understanding Autism

Director Jerry Rothwell utilises visuals and sound design with such creativity that it lets the audience directly empathise with the cast.

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ Is As Ambiguous As It Comes

Little reveals itself at times which can make the film feel as if it’s paused in motion rather than moving forward. The mysterious stranger – a plot point as old as time but one that hasn’t ever lost its touch. The concept of mystery is kind of endless, meaning that the setting, character and idea…

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Relic’ (2020) is an Unfurling Terror of the Haunted House as Diseased and Dying Mind

The scares are minimal, with a heavy reliance on atmosphere, but stick with it and you’ll find this stylish horror film wanders close to home and burrows underneath the skin.

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NIGHTSTREAM REVIEW: ‘Survival Skills’ (2020) is an Eerily Relevant Satire of the Police

Presented as a police training video from the 1980’s, Survival Skills (2020) is a topical satirical look at the United States police force, exploring the preparation (or lack thereof) that cops are given before heading out into the real world.

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Stray’ (2020) is as Soulful and Humane as Anything You’ll See This Year

The absence of deliberate human voice lends a real sense of time and place into a rare window of a world that is, perhaps not a pleasure to experience but is, by the time it finishes, profound and essential.

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Honeymood’ (2020) Takes Viewers on a Journey to Nowhere

What could have been a fun-filled adventure ends up being a meandering journey through meaningless plot points.

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LFF REVIEW: ‘180 Degree Rule’ Begins with Promise that then Disappoints

“180 Degree Rule at times feels like a telling drama about mistrust and deceit, but what lies under the surface is a morally abrupt message.” There is little joy or optimism to take away when watching 180 Degree Rule. In its 83 minutes, it hits at the hardest spots and seems to gradually get worse…

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LFF REVIEW: ‘Farewell Amor’ (2020) is an Impressive Trichotomous Negotiation of Family Values

Farewell Amor features many goodbyes, some more painful than others, but each farewell marks a new beginning.

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10 Shorts to Look Out For at the NIGHTSTREAM Film Festival

With twenty different short blocks to choose from at NIGHTSTREAM, it can be hard to narrow down just what to watch, let alone figure out where to begin.

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