ETERNAL BEAUTY – Review by Sarah Ward

Sally Hawkins is one of the finest and most compelling talents currently gracing our screens. And, as demonstrated in Maudie and now Eternal Beauty as well, she’s one of the most quietly, touchingly expressive performers that audiences presently have the pleasure of watching — especially when it comes to characters who aren’t being afforded a voice, a path or their own sense of agency by the world around them.

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ONCE UPON A RIVER – Review by Sarah Ward

Once Upon a River is set in 1977, but feels timeless. Fashions and decor fit the period; however highlighting the era isn’t first-time feature filmmaker Haroula Rose’s main objective as she navigates the tale of Native American teenager Margo Crane (Kenadi DelaCerna) and the traumas that plague her during her male-dominated coming-of-age journey.

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SNO BABIES – Review by Sarah Ward

The best thing that can be said about Sno Babies is that it knows what kind of film it wants to be. An anti-drug drama intent on detailing all of the ways that illicit substances are harmful, and all of the unpleasant — and stereotypical — outcomes they can lead to, it’s basically an amped-up after-school special that’s trying to scare its viewers with relentless bleakness,

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LOST GIRLS & LOVE HOTELS – Review by Sarah Ward

Lost Girls & Love Hotels isn’t a traditional romance, but it relies upon a well-worn romantic idea. While the notion that you can both lose and find yourself through travel, and via relocating to a busy big city far away from your usual troubles, may be based in truth, it’s so frequently trotted out as a piece of profound wisdom and as the foundation for contemplative stories about yearning, searching souls that it often plays as a cliché.

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I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS – Review by Sarah Ward

Its title is a statement of uncertainty, so it should come as no surprise that much is far from firm within I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Charlie Kaufman’s latest feature. Adapting the novel of the same name by Iain Reid, I’m Thing of Ending Things makes good on its moniker by letting its audience into the protagonist’s head — though not as literally as Being John Malkovich, nor as creatively as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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JIMMY CARTER: ROCK & ROLL PRESIDENT – Review by Sarah Ward

In friendly, thoughtful and candid chats filmed in his Plains home, Jimmy Carter shares his fondness for gospel music, his respect of jazz, and his love of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and The Allman Brothers. Also fueling the feature: his memories of his childhood, political career and the friendships forged with the aforementioned performers that have lasted decades.

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THE GOLDEN GIRL – Review by Sarah Ward

This is a movie with a fascinating, eventful, weighty and important story to relay, spanning not only the minutiae of what happened to Andreea Răducan, but the Olympics’ handling of the controversy, the ins and outs of gymnastics world in general and Romanian gymnastics specifically, the pressure put on young girls in the field and the move towards younger competitors.

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SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – Review by Sarah Ward

While Scream, Queen! is a movie about Freddy’s Revenge — and a welcome step back into the horror saga a decade after it released its most recent chapter — it’s really a movie about the film’s star, Mark Patton, who thought he’d earned the door-opening role of a lifetime but was then forced to weather the ebbs and flows the industry could throw at a gay man in 80s-era mainstream Hollywood.

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