LOVE LIES BLEEDING – Review by Sarah Vincent

Believe all the hype surrounding Love Lies Bleeding, a stylish, brutal, licentious visual feast set in November 1989 that infects a love story with a sick coating of criminal corruption. Stuck in a dead-end New Mexico town where the denizens range from seedy to rotting, Lou (Kristen Stewart) works as a gym manager at a dingy warehouse facility where hirsute, perspiring men dominate. Estranged from her father, Lou Sr. (Ed Harris), the owner of an outdoor gun range who resembles the Crypt Keeper, Lou seems resigned to cleaning up the messes around her and living in loneliness. So, when the golden, glowing muscular out-of-towner Jackie (Katy O’Brian) walks into her gym, Lou shoots her shot and scores. Oblivious to the dysfunctional family dynamics and Lou Sr.’s criminal operation, Jackie finds herself in the middle of a criminal underbelly enterprise that is the life blood of this community and becomes overwhelmed.

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Sundance FF 2024: Previewing Femme-Helmed Films, Part One – Leslie Combemale reports

January is generally known as the repository for the studios’ least promising releases. January is also the MONTH OF SUNDANCE, where promising film projects are introduced to the public for the first time and some go on to acclaim, winning multiple awards. The rising cost of attendance, the difficulty in getting films accepted (over 14,000 apply, about 100 get a premiere), and the ever-lowering percentage of films picked up for distribution are valid challenges for fest attendees, critics, and filmmakers. However, Sundance still one of the best games in town for female filmmakers and filmmakers of color. Of the first 82 narrative and documentary features announced by the fest, 47% were directed by filmmakers who identify as women, and 45% who identify as people of color.

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SAINT MAUD – TIFF19 Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

As the only woman-directed film in TIFF’s iconic Midnight Madness program in 2019, the world premiere of Saint Maud demonstrates British director and screenwriter Rose Glass’s flair for horror with this extraordinarily powerful feature film debut.

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