Film Review

At a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student runs into her sugar daddy.

Dead to Me actress Natalie Morales’ directorial debut is the typical teen quest movie in the tradition of Superbad, but with a modern feminist twist. Lupe (Victoria Morolos) and Sunny (Kuhoo Verna) are two average teenage girls from South Dakota. Lupe has a reputation for being sexually active, Sunny is a self-conscious virgin. The girls are both trying to live up to the expectations of their immigrant families, without compromising their social standings in school.

After one of them has a sexual encounter at a party, they go on a mission through America’s heartland to find the Plan B pill…

Icelandic director, Elfar Adalsteins, adds to the healing family road trip genre with his debut, End of Sentence. It’s a familiar tale that brings nothing new, saved by credible performances and atmospheric Irish scenery.

Sean Fogle (Logan Lerman) is a car thief in an Alabama prison. He is told that his next visit from his Irish immigrant mother will be his last. Anna (Andrea Irvine) is cancer-stricken, told to take off her headscarf and reveal her bald head to the guards. …

Film Review

A filmmaker at a creative impasse seeks solace from her tumultuous past at a rural retreat, only to find that the woods summon her inner demons in intense and surprising ways.

Film Review

A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.

Film Review

Stuck in a time loop, two wedding guests develop a budding romance while living the same day over and over again.

Television Review

A wealthy New York therapist’s life is turned upside down after she and her family get involved with a murder case.

Director Peeter Rebane and leading actor Tom Prior ( The Theory of Everything and Kingsman: The Secret Service) fought to bring Sergey Fetisov’s memoir of a secret love affair between two soldiers in the Soviet Air Force to the big screen. Co-written and co-produced by the pair, Firebird is a sensitive if not slightly melodramatic true story of gay love in Soviet-occupied Estonia.

Firebird opens in 1977 with Sergey (Prior) serving his last few weeks of conscription. …

Beth (Jane Watt) lives with her mum Ruth (Camilla Ah Kin) after the death of her other mum Lillian (Rhondda Findleton). While her three adopted siblings have moved on, she still feels stuck in her grief and duty to her mothers.

The Greenhouse is an exploration of memory and grief. What starts as a standard tale on accepting grief, it soon starts to delve into magic realism. Beth, in a state of insomnia, discovers a greenhouse on the land surrounding their beautiful rural home. Through the mist and the fog, she discovers she has stepped back into her memories. …

The 2021 BFI Flare festival opened with Jump, Darling, the feature debut of writer/director Philip J. Connell. On the surface it’s an overdone tale of a young man escaping the big city to live with his ailing grandmother, instead it rejects the narrative of a film about two generations coming together to clash over perspective into an examination on mental health, loneliness and discovering your passion for living.

After getting dumped by his boyfriend, aspiring actor and drag queen Russell (Thomas Duplessie) leaves Toronto. He ends up at his grandmother, Margaret’s (Cloris Leachman) house in Toronto where a stopover to…

Amelia Nancy Harvey

A Bournemouth based freelance writer who specializes in film, culture, lifestyle and LBGTQ writing. A former bookseller, EFL coordinator and copywriter.

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