THE LOST HUSBAND – Review by Marina Antunes

While I love the characters and unfolding drama here, the romance factor is also a major attraction and in this respect, the movie also doesn’t disappoint. It certainly helps that the chemistry between Leslie Bibb and Josh Duhamel is palpable from the moment the two appear on screen together and they carry that chemistry through to the film’s final, satisfying scene.

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AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM (SXSW2020) – Review by Marina Antunes

Katrine Philp’s An Elephant in the Room follows children in mourning for deceases parents. The film comes at a difficult time when conversations about death and grief may be central to the lives of many families. It’s reassuring to see that regardless of how deep the grief may be, we can get through it — but it’s easier if you don’ t go at it alone.

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SINGLE (SXSW2020) – Review by Marina Antunes

Typically when the term “inclusion” crops up in the world of filmmaking, it refers to women or individuals of color but more and more we’ve started to see the term encompass other human characteristics, including disabilities. Single, Ashley Eakin’s third short film, tackles preconceptions about people with disabilities in the best way possible: with a laugh.

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Michelle O’Reilly talks Arcana Studios, Animation and Graphic Novels – Marina Antunes interviews

Being a woman in two under-represented industries, comics and animation, is no easy feat, but Michelle O;Reilly takes it all in stride, and she takes full advantage of whatever opportunities she can to close the gender gap. “We try really hard, especially within the studio, to give women opportunities in any way we can.”

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M.O.M.: MOTHERS OF MONSTERS – Review by Marina Antunes

Writer/director Tucia Lyman’s background as a show-runner and director of fact-based TV dramas seems like perfect practice leading up to M.O.M: Mothers of Monsters, a dramatic thriller that is both a bit ridiculous and yet is peppered with enough pulled-from-the-headlines moments that it feels all too real.

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Andrea Stefancikova talks PROMISELAND and Troubled Characters – Marina Antunes interviews

Canadian/Czechoslovakian actress Andrea Stefancikova’s budding career got a big boost when Promiseland, her first performance in a leading role, was selected to screen at the Whistler Film Festival in 2019; the first martial arts action film to ever screen at the fest. Additionally, Stefancikova was selected as one of the festival’s Stars to Watch, a prestigious honor awarded by a committee of industry professionals.

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Whistler Film Festival 2019: It’s a Wrap – Marina Antunes reports

For five short days in December, the Resort Municipality of Whistler turns from one of the world’s top ski destinations into one of the top entertainment destinations as the Whistler Film Festival descends on the village. In its 19th year, the latest edition of festival continued the tradition of celebrating Canadian talent with 71% of the programmed films being Canadian.

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Vancouver International Film Festival 2019 Wrap – Marina Antunes reports

The 38th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) may have wrapped its final screenings over a month ago, but the city is still basking in the post-festival glow thanks to the success of this year’s festival. VIFF has been expanding beyond film screenings for years and in 2019, organizers truly expanded the frame and in addition to over 320 films, the festival presented a number of live performances, master classes and industry-based conferences.

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ASTRONAUT – Review by Marina Antunes

Astronaut, which Shelagh McLeod both wrote and directed, is a kind of marvel; a movie that on the surface sounds like a sappy, forgettable drama about an old man going to space. Instead, McLeod’s balance of family drama and space travel are perfectly matched and just as the movie starts to tip into the saccharin, she sidesteps to tackle another aspect of the story that keeps the movie moving along.

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