GROOMED – Review by Liz Whittemore

Groomed is the devastatingly powerful story of filmmaker Gwen van de Pas as she returns to her hometown in search of answers about the man who sexually abused her as a child. To understand her ongoing traumas, Gwen travels to meet survivors, psychologists, and even a convicted sex offender. Groomed addresses a common yet little understood manipulation type called ‘grooming’, how to recognize it, and how to stop it.

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DEMENTER – Review by Liz Whittemore

With a style that feels like half documentary and half horror, Dementer is a bone-chilling watch. The score and sound editing make your skin crawl. This film is one of the most disturbing watches of the year so far. The mystery of Katie’s past rolls out slowly. It’s a truly disturbing way to tell this story. As a Mom of a child on the spectrum, this film felt extra vile, and I do mean that as a compliment.

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Short Films: GNT, THE FOURFOLD, and THE AFFECTED (Sundance2021) – Review by Liz Whittemore

Three fierce shorts from three female filmmakers from this year’s Sundance Film Festival are unique in their aesthetics, themes and style of story telling. Each contributes to the diversity of female perspectives represented at Sundance 2021, as the festival program reaches it’s 50-50 gender parity goal.

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ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY – Review by Liz Whittemore

Directors Lisa Cortes and Liz Garbus have presented audiences with a history lesson in a non-preachy, inspirational way. The immediate relevance of this film is palpable as our democracy is literally on the brink. It’s a doc that needs to be shown in every history class. It’s a doc that needs to be streamed to the country on loop, right now.

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US KIDS – Review by Liz Whittemore

The Parkland students who survived their school massacre had activism thrust upon them. Kim A. Snyder’s new doc Us Kids follows the intense reality that these teenagers are still living. It’s an emotional gut-punch from every angle. It’s devastating, inspiring, hopeless, in your face, and unapologetic. Us Kids is about the freedom to live. It’s about letting kids be kids. They deserve it. The youth vote could actually change the world. This IS what democracy looks like.

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DEATH OF ME – Review by Liz Whittemore

“It will be waiting for you on the other side.” An ominous beginning to a film that will stress you out to no end. Something is clearly amiss as our lovely couple wakes up late to find they and their island hotel room are covered in dirt, among other things. Missing passports and stolen luggage leave them stranded, trying to figure out what happened the night before.

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BLACKBIRD – Review by Liz Whittemore

Blackbird will hit home for anyone who has watched a loved one slowly deteriorate due to illness. Matriarch Lily has requested support from her family so she can die on her own terms. This arrangement comes as no surprise and s everyone has agreed to spend their final weekend together as a family unit and be present for what will come. We see everyone go through the stages of grief and they are messy and honest. And while secrets are exposed and new information comes to light, Blackbird leaves space for truth and real emotion.

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HAWK & REV: VAMPIRE SLAYERS – Review by Liz Whittemore

The writing is absurdly amusing. Just when you think a joke has run its course, think again. The quick take editing keeps you completely engaged. There is no denying Hawk and Rev is fun to watch. Fingers crossed this is the beginning of a solid Hawk and Rev franchise.

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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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