LAAPFF 2021 REVIEW: ‘Blush’ (2021) Adds Layers of Emotional Grief and Brings Catharsis

“‘Blush’ is a spectacular and wondrous animated short film, and one of the best of the year. It gravitates and pushes the boundaries of animation, and narratively shows how personal stories are essential in the art of animation.”

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TIFF REVIEW: ‘Ali & Ava’ (2021) Blends Romance and Realism with Mixed Results

“‘Ali and Ava’ is a film that brings Barnard’s usual visual and sonic flair, but it falls slightly short of the mark by not tackling the signifiers inherent in the story’s themes.”

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REVIEW: ‘Freshman Year’ (2019) is a Romantic Ode to Messy, Lonely, Glorious College Years

“Who among us hasn’t felt as if everyone else was sent a secret email containing instructions on how to succeed in the real world and we weren’t cc’ed?”

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REVIEW: ‘Surge’ (2021) Expresses the Tensions of a Repetitive Society

“‘Surge’ is honest, and just like its title, the movie rushes and pours the emotions of a man that wants to be set free of the mundane world that he lives in into the mental and physical uneasiness of his perspective.” Aneil Karia’s directorial debut Surge (2021) explores the repetitiveness of a homogenous society while…

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REVIEW: ‘Werewolves Within’ (2021) Promises Innovation But Is Barely Competent

‘Werewolves Within’ is watchable at points but will disappoint anyone who hopes it could reach the potential of its ludicrous concept.

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REVIEW: ‘The Influencer’ (2021) Questions Internet Celebrity Morality

What ‘The Influencer’ understands is that posting will not save us. Salvation has to come from elsewhere, if it will come at all.

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2021 Women X Film Festival: Wrap-Up

Our editor-in-chief, Hayley Paskevich, gives an overview of the various strands of shorts presented at this year’s Women X Film Festival and shares her thoughts on attending the event.

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REVIEW: Queerness is Contemplative when ‘Boy Meets Boy’ (2021)

“Taken either as a lazy afternoon watch or a jumping-off point for discussion, ‘Boy Meets Boy’ has it within to satisfy a gay audience hungry for better films.”

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REVIEW: Time is Treacherous in ‘The Father’ (2021)

As a viewer, we have to make sense of the snippets of information we gather, both from Anthony’s unsound statements and remembrances, and from his family, in order to figure out the wrongs from the rights. Getting a sense of the bigger picture in its most authentic form, and distinguishing the truth from delusion alongside the protagonist becomes a challenging task.

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FANTASIA 2021 REVIEW: ‘Martyrs Lane’ (2021) is a Chilling Childhood Mystery

For those seeking a gripping family drama with elements of fantasy and horror, ‘Martyrs Lane’ is worth taking a trip down.

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