REVIEW: New Year [2021]

Stretching the boundaries of comfort. It’s New Year’s Eve: Ben (Timothy V. Murphy) and Kat’s (Elisha Renee Sutton) last night in Los Angeles before heading to New York. He’s spearheading the move with a desire to rejuvenate his writing career after finding the growing chasm separating talent and fame in Hollywood too much to bear creatively. The change in scenery isn’t necessarily great for Kat’s career as a celebrity photographer, but she knows that staying with Ben provides security for her young son Micah (T.K. Weaver) since his father (Neil…

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TIFF21 REVIEW: The Wheel [2022]

The happiest place to be sad. Despite only being twenty-four years old, Walker (Taylor Gray) and Albee (Amber Midthunder) head into the woods from their Los Angeles existence to try saving their eight-year marriage (they’re from Texas). Well, he’s trying to save their marriage. To look at their interactions is to wonder why Albee hadn’t left years ago. We catch glimpses of a smile every now and then, but mostly her head is buried in her phone or coldly lamenting why Walker has taken her to the middle of nowhere…

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