FLOAT – Review by Betsy Pickle

No kind person would want to beat up on a movie like Float, a Young Adult romance with more noble aspirations than a 1970s message film. It’s populated by relentlessly likable characters who are diverse in age, ethnicity and gender identification, and even the erstwhile villains have good intentions. Plus, it’s set in Canada, the nicest country in the world. Float is inarguably a chick flick, but it tackles some relevant themes for young and maturing females, and they could make worse choices from current cinema fare.

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MRS. WU – Review by April Neale

The Disappearance of Mrs. Wu is director Anna Chi’s lighthearted look at intergenerational grandmother-daughter-granddaughter love punctuated by sly shenanigans, aided and abetted by the matriarch’s caretaker from Ireland, a should-have-been chanteuse who loves her employer like family. In contrast, the rest of the Wu family is consumed by time-wasting guilt and misplaced worry. So it goes in “=Mrs. Wu, where culture, sexuality, and shame are wrapped in a thin dumpling skin and served with a side of often ignored dim sum wisdom from the titular nana, enlightened by the reality that she has little time left to get things in order before life’s final curtain call.

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