INTO THE DEEP – Review by Carol Cling

The willing suspension of disbelief. It’s a key ingredient in many a successful movie. Other movies, however, are populated by characters so unconvincing you don’t believe them — and, far worse, you just don’t care. That pretty much sums up Into the Deep, an alleged thriller that sinks under the weight of its contrived premise and characters characterized by murky motivations and nonsensical actions.

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GLASSHOUSE – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

The artifice of civilization and the fragility of memories collide in Glasshouse, an atmospheric sci-fi drama whose sluggish pacing prevents it from being truly shattering. Set after a worldwide pandemic called the Shred, which robs people who breathe the outside air of their memories, Glasshouse has a dreamy feel and old-fashioned trappings reminiscent of The Beguiled. It takes place entirely in and around a large hothouse, where Bea and her sister, Evie, take turns on guard duty in loose white gowns and makeshift gas masks fashioned from bonnets.

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A BANQUET (TIFF 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Dominated by a lush chiaroscuro that sucks us in like an aesthetically pleasing black hole, as a world-building exercise A Banquet is fearless in how it weaves themes of grief, identity, care and faith together into an elaborate portrait of three women bound together by crisis. An engrossing portrait of trauma, hope, and the shared delusion of love, A Banquet is unshakable, a film that continues to worm its way deeper into our consciousness long after the end credits roll.

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