FLOAT – Review by Betsy Pickle

No kind person would want to beat up on a movie like Float, a Young Adult romance with more noble aspirations than a 1970s message film. It’s populated by relentlessly likable characters who are diverse in age, ethnicity and gender identification, and even the erstwhile villains have good intentions. Plus, it’s set in Canada, the nicest country in the world. Float is inarguably a chick flick, but it tackles some relevant themes for young and maturing females, and they could make worse choices from current cinema fare.

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LOVE…RECONSIDERED – Review by Betsy Pickle

First-time feature director Carol Ray Hartsell, working from a script by Arielle Haller-Silverstone, aims for laughs and hits her mark. The movie veers into silliness at times, but some of the humor works on a deeper level. While it’s not in the same league comedically or romantically as Oscar contender “Past Lives, Love… pulls off the same remarkable achievement of constantly putting a smile on viewers’ faces. Don’t be surprised if you spend most of Love… Reconsidered looking for similarities between the main character and Bette Midler. After all, star Sophie von Haselberg’s major claim to fame – whether she likes it or not – is being Midler’s daughter. And it’s von Haselberg who centers the quirky romantic comedy as Ruby Goldberg.

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THE WONDERFUL: STORIES FROM THE SPACE STATION

Most of us go through our days without thinking about the fact that there are human beings living in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station, about 250 miles above our planet. The Wonderful: Stories from the Space Station should change that. The film’s atmosphere is a reflection of the station’s position in the atmosphere – dramatic, ethereal, beautiful, stunning. Language barely does justice to this documentary. The Wonderful lives up to its name.

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LULARICH – Review by Betsy Pickle

While Americans love a success story, they’re not above taking pleasure in watching the mighty fall. The four-episode docu-series LuLaRich provides both scenarios, along with the poignancy of watching little people topple as well. The title may be confusing for anyone not familiar with the multilevel fashion-retailing company LuLaRoe, which was flagged as a pyramid scheme and taken to court. This is a cautionary tale that reveals the dark side of glitter.

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