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SIFF Take: Brittany Runs a Marathon

I was admittedly nervous about seeing Brittany Runs a Marathon, because I worried that this would be a “woman loses weight and is instantly happy” movie, but I’m happy to report that it wasn’t anything like I thought it was going to be. Brittany (Jillian Bell, who is great in both this and Sword of […]

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SIFF 2019: week one highlights

Our annual celebration of cinematic overconsumption strikes again tonight with Lynn Shelton’s Sword of Trust (details below) – and, as always, there’ll be plenty more to feast your eyes and ears and emotions on before the cinematic smorgasbord comes to a close on June 9. If there’s one good thing the big distended schedule offers, […]

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Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale

SIFF Take: The Nightingale

The Nightingale focuses on the historical nightmare of the British colonization of Tasmania and The Black War, which led to the genocide of Aboriginal Australians. The story follows Clare (Aisling Franciosi), an Irish convict who is brutalized over and over again by the British soldier, Hawkins (Sam Claflin), who “owns” her. After Hawkins takes away […]

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SIFF Take: Good Kisser

Good Kisser is a fresh, sexy perspective on discovering more about yourself, and an exploration of how things aren’t always what they seem. From the moment we meet Jenna (Kari Alison Hodge) and her girlfriend Kate (Rachel Paulson), we know something’s not quite right in their relationship. Kate has gotten Jenna to — just barely […]

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SIFF Take: Good Manners

I’ll admit I wasn’t sure what I was in for with Good Manners. Rich society girl Ana is expecting, and hires Clara, a struggling nurse, to help her with housework until the baby comes and then fill in as the child’s nanny. Ana and Clara hit it off almost immediately, and a relationship blooms — […]

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SIFF Take: Ruin Me

So Ruin Me is basically my worst nightmare, and the reason you’ll NEVER, ever, ever find me signing up for one of those haunted house/campouts that take place in a remote area. This clever horror flick finds recovering addict Alexandra headed to Slasher Sleepout with her horror movie-obsessed boyfriend, Nathan, in which they are “kidnapped” […]

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