THE MANOR – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Belgian-born, US based filmmaker Axelle Carolyn has, across the organically evolving stages of her career in horror, gained an intuitive understanding of the genre few can equal. Tightly structured, The Manor leads towards the revelation of the horro sub-genre whose codes and conventions the film most comfortably adheres to (to reveal what this would spoil the movie). But perhaps much more importantly are the more socially minded aspects of The Manor which largely pivot around the medical gaslighting of an older woman.

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MY TRUE FAIRYTALE – Review by Carol Cling

After more than a year of harrowing pandemic heartbreak, A True Fairytale’s arrival couldn’t be more timely. Its heart is clearly in the right place, yet the movie sometimes undercuts its impact through a largely one-note approach. Throughout, too many characters exchange too much in-your-face, on-the-nose dialogue, revealing too many things they already know.

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