DEATH ON THE BORDER – Review by Maitland McDonagh

That child-sex trafficking is a terrible thing goes without saying: Bad enough that, on the whole, most of us would rather not think about it. So kudos to Australian-born filmmaker Wendy Wilkins: Her briskly-paced thriller is entertaining without being exploitative and never loses sight of its message. The story of Maddy’s transformation from a small-town cop with a complicated and unhappy life, including an unfaithful husband and a devastating miscarriage, into a crusader for sexually exploited women is a good one. The performances are uniformly good, from Eric Roberts’ depiction of a very bad cop to Danny Trejo’s as a sympathetic priest.

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THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONG ROAD – Review by Carol Cling

The Short History of the Long Road may follow a familiar, occasionally derivative narrative route, recalling other, better movies. But it manages to find its own way just the same. Throughout, writer-director Ani Simon-Kennedy keeps The Short History of the Long Road in gear.

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