RE:UNITING – Review by Cortland Jacoby

Movies about old-school friends coming together after decades apart have long been an indie film tradition. First-time filmmaker Laura Adkin adds to the canon with Re:Uniting, a melodrama about six college friends coming together for a long weekend after 25 years. Re:Uniting hits all the beats: People make jokes while crying. Characters pair off to reveal some inner truth while still being vague for the sake of the story. Someone screams out in the open air by a body of water. The entire group reconnects. There are some wonderful and thoughtful moments in Re:Uniting, but we’ve seen many of them in other films.

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RUSTIC ORACLE – Review by Carol Cling

It’s bad enough not knowing. Even worse than not knowing, however, is not understanding. That’s the haunting lesson learned by the young protagonist of the Canadian drama Rustic Oracle. The movie dramatizes a chilling statistic: Indigenous women represent 4 percent of Canada’s population, but make up a quarter of the country’s missing and murdered cases. (And at least half of all sex-trafficking victims.)

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