NORTH STAR (TIFF 2023) – Review by Liz Braun

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas makes her feature directorial debut with North Star, a family tale about love and loss with a great cast. A lesser cast and better writing would have improved matters, but never mind. The plot revolves around the reunion of three sisters who are gathering at the family home for their mother’s third marriage. Mom (Scott Thomas) has been twice married and twice widowed, a detail from Scott Thomas’ own life. As a child, the filmmaker lost her father and her stepfather — both armed forces pilots — within six years.

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ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL – Review by Susan Granger

Michelle Dockery plays a London Barrister determined to convict a high-profile rapist in the six-part Netflix series Anatomy of a Scandal.. Arrogant, aristocratic James Whitehouse (Rupert Friend) is a respected Member of Parliament. He is accused of rape by one of his aides, with whom he, admittedly, had an adulterous affair. This provocative courtroom drama/erotic thriller, pivoting around the controversial concept of ‘consent.’

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