EDGE OF EVERYTHING – Review by Betsy Pickle

A film doesn’t need to have gruesome special effects, otherworldly demons and exotic incantations to work as a horror movie. Edge of Everything crafts an effective nightmare with a familiar coming-of-age formula, a raw depiction of teen peer pressure and an alarming reflection of a licentious youth culture that can’t seem to shake toxic masculinity no matter how “woke” it appears. Edge of Everything doesn’t preach, and it’s not really a cautionary tale. Abby and her friends all are aware of the consequences of smoking, drinking, using drugs and engaging in sexual activities, and until now they’ve been content to follow the prudent path. They don’t realize that there are already cracks in the walls of their protected lives.

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THE VAST OF NIGHT – Review by Diane Carson

Finding inspiration in early television science fiction, this satisfying little film zips through 89 minutes with confidence and style. What a delight it is to be swept up in 1950s small town New Mexico as switchboard operator Fay hears an indecipherable audio frequency and transmits it to friend Everett, hosting a radio call in.

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THE VAST OF NIGHT – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

The Vast of Night is a confident, subtle and deeply intelligent reflection of how history and myth take shape through technologies, and yet the film never slides into pompous soap-boxing or smug editorializing. It’s that rare gift of a film where all the elements combine in perfect harmony, a timely reminder that a great genre film doesn’t need to transcend genre as much as it needs to deeply love, respect and understand it.

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