THE MISSION – Review by Lois Alter Mark

As someone who immediately gets their back up when people try to force their religious beliefs on others, I was very interested in watching The Mission and learning more about the Mormons – whose main goal seems to be just that. I wanted to understand their values, why missionary work is so important to them, what it adds to their own lives. By the end of the film, though, I was no closer to answering any of those questions. Tania Anderson, in her first feature-length documentary, plays it too safe, keeping everything on a superficial level and never digging for real truths or insights.

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LULARICH – Review by Betsy Pickle

While Americans love a success story, they’re not above taking pleasure in watching the mighty fall. The four-episode docu-series LuLaRich provides both scenarios, along with the poignancy of watching little people topple as well. The title may be confusing for anyone not familiar with the multilevel fashion-retailing company LuLaRoe, which was flagged as a pyramid scheme and taken to court. This is a cautionary tale that reveals the dark side of glitter.

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