BINGO HELL – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Exclusive Photos)

Aging and having your life revolve around bingo might sound like a living hell. But in Gigi Saul Guerrero’s sophomore feature – bingo is a bond. It tethers friends and neighbors together in a fun, regular ritual at the community hall which forms the foundations of their day-to-day lives. They share their highs and lows, accomplishments and losses, struggles and triumphs. If someone is going through a tough time, the others do what they can to help. They cut each other’s hair. They fix each other’s cars. They listen to each other’s family dramas, never afraid to speak up and call someone out if they are the one being the jerk.

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COYOTE LAKE – Review by Roxana Hadadi

The thriller Coyote Lake takes the conceptual frame of vigilante justice and places it over a mother-daughter story about familial control and abuse, a combination that nudges at themes of religious obsession and misandry. The result is a tense experiment that considers the extremes of revenge but that overall doesn’t stray too much from a recognizable depiction of maternal manipulation.

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