EMILY THE CRIMINAL (Sundance FF 2022) – Review by Lauren Anderson

“You can’t make money any other way?” Emily the Criminal is one of the smartest films to debut at Sundance 2022. Produced by and starring the versatile Aubrey Plaza, Emily the Criminal showcases how far someone will go to clear themselves of personal debt — even if that means joining the dark underbelly of the scamming world.

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BEST SELLERS – Review by Susan Granger

Octogenarian actor Michael Caine is an absolute hoot as an outspoken, cantankerous author whose favorite expression is “Bullshite!” The comedic story ostensibly revolves around Lucy Stanbridge (Aubrey Plaza), a young editor who pins her only hope of saving her father’s boutique publishing company from bankruptcy on an elderly, alcoholic writer named Harris Shaw.

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BEST SELLERS – Review by Pam Powell

Young millennial meets old timer to win one another over. Yes, it’s been done before but not with the likes of Aubrey Plaza and Michael Caine and a script that hooks you, pulls you along for the ride and then reels you in to make your heart sing. That’s exactly what happens in Best Sellers, written by Anthony Grieco and directed by Lina Roessler.

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HAPPIEST SEASON – Review by Susan Granger

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all in favor of diversity and inclusiveness, but this lesbian update on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? doesn’t have a shred of believability. Since her parents died, Abigail – a.k.a. Abby (Kristen Stewart) – has never been into the holiday season. Despite that, her live-in girl-friend, Harper (Mackenzie Davis), impulsively insists that Abby come home with her to celebrate with her family.

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