RIOT GIRLS – Review by Sheila Roberts

Jovanka Vuckoic’s stylish direction, Kathrine Collins’ solid tale of female empowerment, Madison Iseman and Paloma Kwiatkowski’s convincing chemistry, spot-on musical selections that drive the film’s themes and action, and the strong contributions of a largely female production crew make Riot Girls a fun, cathartic and entertaining experience.

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EDIE – Review by Sheila Roberts

It’s never too late to embark on an exciting adventure to fulfill a lifelong dream, even if it means taking a few risks along the way. In Simon Hunter’s inspiring Edie, Edith Moore (Sheila Hancock) regrets not climbing Mt. Suilven in the Scottish Highlands after her Dad proposed they do it many decades ago but her authoritarian husband disapproved.

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ANGEL OF MINE – Review by Sheila Roberts

From beginning to end, Angel of Mine is a stunning American-Australian psychological thriller with galvanizing, empathetic performances by Yvonne Strahovski and Noomi Rapace. It’s masterfully directed by Kim Farrant who collaborated with Luke Davies and David Regal on the beautifully crafted script inspired by the 2008 French film L’Empreinte de L’Ange.

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VITA & VIRGINIA – Review by Sheila Roberts

Vita & Virginia, Chanya Button’s moving biopic about the clandestine love affair between two fiercely independent, modernist 20th-century authors, the legendary Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki) and the lesser known novelist-poet Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton), is firmly rooted in their writings and literary ambitions.

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ONE CHILD NATION – Review by Sheila Roberts

One Child Nation, co-directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, is a gripping, thought provoking, deeply personal examination of the impact of China’s one-child policy.. Wang, who was born in China in the 1980s and later emigrated to America, began shooting the film not long after she gave birth. Through moving interviews with Wang’s own family, former midwives and family planning officials, artists, journalists, and human traffickers, Wang exposes a disastrous 35-year social experiment that had tragic consequences for multiple generations.

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THE NIGHTINGALE – Review by Sheila Roberts

Jennifer Kent’s masterful writing and direction foster empathy for the plight of all the characters, both good and bad. She avoids the usual cathartic violence and exploitative storytelling tropes of revenge thrillers we’re accustomed to, and elicits strong, compelling performances. She takes an unflinching look at Colonialism — how racism and gender violence affect us, how they have always been used as weapons of war to marginalize and destabilize a vulnerable society, and why compassion is so essential.

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HONEYLAND – Review by Sheila Roberts

Honeyland is a riveting, deeply human story about a vanishing way of life. Kotevska and Stefanov enjoy a comfortable rapport with their subjects who appear natural and at ease revealing themselves in front of the camera. It makes for a breathtaking cinematic journey that’s not to be missed.

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FOR SAMA – Review by Sheila Roberts

Told from a female perspective, Waad’s intimate and compelling video diary, “For Sama,” is intended as a love letter to her young daughter, Sama. It offers a rare look at Waad’s life during five years of uprising in Aleppo as old lives are swept away and a rebellion once portrayed as a civil war evolves into a Western-backed regime change operation. Waad falls in love, marries a doctor who is also a media activist, and gives birth to Sama amidst an escalating conflict which she documents daily with her camera. Clearly, this is no place to raise a child.

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