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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MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 14, 2020: THE GRIZZLIES

The Grizzlies, based on a true story, is about a fired-up white outsider coming into a close-knit Indigenous community full of confidence that, with his passion and approachability, he can connect with the skeptical teens he’s there to teach and make a difference. And, to be fair, he does exactly that. But not before he’s forced to learn some hard truths about the folly of thinking you can “fix” another culture — or understand people who’ve been traumatized for generations by colonialism if you haven’t been through it yourself.

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LA LLORONA (MIFF 2020) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

La Llorona is less a typical horror film than it is a powerful political drama that employs horror codes, conventions and iconography – and a specific folkloric figure – to speak to a historical atrocity so great in scale as to almost be otherwise incomprehensible. In the right hands, horror can be turned into something with almost indescribably enormous ideological potency.

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THE TRUTH – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The French-language family drama marks the first film written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda outside his native Japan. But “The Truth” has such an air of authenticity that it seems like the auteur, who won the 2018 Palme d’Or at France’s Cannes Film Festival for “Shoplifters,” has been making movies in Paris his whole life.

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THE WEIGHT OF GOLD – Review by Diane Carson

The Weight of Gold examines mental health issues of Olympic athletes. The frank discussion of depression, including suicidal thoughts, applies to more than just elite athletes, because perhaps one in five Americans are affected, making this film important to large audiences

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SHE DIES TOMORROW- review by Liz Whittemore

In Amy Seimetz’s newest film, sadness is palpable. That really is the entire premise of the film. The idea of impending death spreads like a disease. Hauntingly scored, She Dies Tomorrow puts you into a state of foreboding from the very first image.

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I USED TO GO HERE – Review by Carol Cling

Contrary to conventional wisdom, you can go home again. But you might not feel at home when you get there. That’s the premise — and, ultimately, the point — of I Used to Go Here, writer-director Kris Rey’s genial, generally insightful character study of a flailing writer whose return to her small-town alma mater provides a temporary escape from her collapsing life.

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MADE IN ITALY – Review by April Neale

James D’Arcy’s filmmaking debut is a lilting and lighthearted look at a father and son coming together after they’ve been estranged for some time. If you want to get lost in a lovely and moving little film, Made In Italy is a comforting bowl of risotto with extra butter and Parmesan, decidedly simple, and filling.

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Sharon McGowan & Jan Miller: Canadian Tax Credit Changes to Benefit Female Filmworkers (Guest Post)

The tax credit program distributes close to one billion dollars annually to Canadian and foreign-service production but does not include policies to address gender equity or inclusion of workers marginalized in the screen industry. The Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage has agreed to address and rectify the issue.

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