LIZ WHITTEMORE helms ReelNewsDaily.com, hosts Girls On Film Podcast, blogs horror at I SCREAM YOU SCREAM, serves as a member of Team #MOTW and as an AWFJ Board Member.

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I AM FEAR – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Through its unapologetic visceral thrills, I Am Fear invites us to experience recent history “through the gut” in what is effectively a supernatural horror film combined with the political thriller subgenre of the terrorism movie. The film seeks to use genre as a tool to answer a very simple question, but one almost overwhelming in its scale: why is the world such a terrible place? It sure as hell gets points for trying to say something meaningful about the world at a time when so many others are pretending it’s business as usual.

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INCITEMENT – Review by Diane Carson

Israeli director/co-writer Yaron Zilberman begins his film Incitement with news footage of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat with U.S. President Bill Clinton in the White House rose garden announcing the 1993 Oslo I Accord. Addressing Israeli Palestinian relations and hopes for peace, this official Declaration of Principles was a monumental event provoking a distressing aftermath.

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FAMILY OBLIGATIONS – Review by Loren King

There is plenty of rich material in this modest, wryly humorous, very human drama about the pain families can inflict and the bumpy road to healing. Despite the weighty material, writer/director Kenneth R. Frank wisely doesn’t go in or melodrama but instead delivers a gentle, earnest, relatable story with characters that are easy to root for.

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THE TRAITOR – Review by Diane Carson

Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s film The Traitor takes a deep dive into the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, spanning three continents and two decades. Based on real events, the traitor of the title is Tommaso Buscetta, a reluctant informant who becomes alienated from the criminal world of which he’s a part after September 1980 when heroin becomes the illegal product trafficked.

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SORRY WE MISSED YOU – Review by Roxana Hadadi

What sacrifices would you make for the chance, however slim, of financial stability? The slippery slope of what you would give up for the fantasy of wealth is the focus of Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You, a film that puts an extremely humanist spin on the classist struggle depicted in films like this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite.

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WAITING FOR THE CARNIVAL – Review by Diane Carson

Director Marcelo Gomes’ documentary Waiting for the Carnival captures small-town capitalism in the rural northeastern Brazilian town of Toritama, known as the country’s jeans capital. It doesn’t take long to be convinced of this claim as motorbikes drive by piled with mounds of blue jeans. Equal stacks lie outside doorways and clutter the floors of small shops, called factions.

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SEBERG – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

The cat-and-mouse game that French New Wave icon Jean Seberg never realized she was playing with the FBI is the crux around which the confused Seberg pivots. By far the most compelling aspect of this limp, strangled attempt to merge the biopic with the paranoid thriller is the central performance by the always fascinating Kristen Stewart.

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