BLEEDING LOVE – Review by Sarah Vincent

Twenty-year-old Daughter (Clara McGregor) is on an unwanted road trip with forty-seven-year-old Father (Ewan McGregor). Earlier that day, she almost died from an overdose, so the estranged pair are driving through New Mexico so she can find the will to live again by resuming her painting. Instead of rebuking her, easygoing, understanding Father attempts to connect with her because he is a recovering alcoholic. Along the way, eccentric characters seize the spotlight and break up the monotonous plot which revolves around daddy and addiction issues. Real life father and daughter, Ewan and Clara McGregor, project their real-life troubles onto the big screen in Bleeding Love.

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THE BIRTHDAY CAKE – Review by Susan Granger

Set in Brooklyn, this mob film begins with the 10th anniversary of Giovanni’s father’s death. Giovanni (Shiloh Fernandez) dutifully goes home and dons a suit to continue the family tradition of delivering the titular cake, baked by his widowed mother Sophia (Lorraine Bracco), to the home of his Uncle Angelo (Val Kilmer), the local Italian/American Mafia boss.

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