TIFF21 REVIEW: True Things [2021]

You’re my tribe. Kate (Ruth Wilson) is listless. She works a dead-end workers’ claim desk wherein her bosses are so redundant that they don’t think they’re doing their job unless they’re chastising their employees for not bringing in doctor notes. Her best friend Alison (Hayley Squires) is too busy with her kids to provide stimulating entertainment beyond a couple drinks at their local. And the only place she really has at her disposal to escape these doldrums is her parents’ home so Mum (Elizabeth Rider) can remind her about all…

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SUNDANCE21 REVIEW: In the Earth [2021]

You worried she’s going to get you? There’s a shared ambition during times like worldwide pandemics and it’s to find meaning in the chaos. We need to figure out cause and composition in order to create a solution, but there’s also a necessity for comprehension insofar as abetting the anxiety that inevitably rises from the moment’s uncertainty. Some of us go straight to the science as a result, (How bad is it? What can we do to stay safe? Who’s at a higher risk?), while others search their souls through…

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REVIEW: I, Daniel Blake [2016]

“Well I’m pencil by default” I recently had a run-in with a customer service representative who was willing to throw herself under the bus and give me her employee number rather than connect me with someone above her with the authority to help solve my problem. Talk about a broken system. I had no issues with her personally besides tedious repetition and a few lies I needed to catch her in so I could finally force her hand. The fact she’d serve herself up, though, meant there would probably be…

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