THE NOVICE – Review by April Neale

Lauren Hadaway’s gripping debut, The Novice, is a master class of innocuous descent into a slight madness. Elements of the films Personal Best, Black Swan, Vision Quest, and Rocky collide in a cool palette, cold and wet, as sport and obsession take a small girl, usually underestimated, and unleashes the fierce beast that drives her every calculated move.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 27, 2020: TAPE

At times almost painfully voyeuristic — which is the entire point — Deborah Kampmeier’s Tape tells the powerful #MeToo story of two aspiring actresses whose ambitions put them in the crosshairs of a manipulative filmmaker. One is out for revenge, while the other is still hoping that she’s getting her big break. As their stories collide, truths are revealed.

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