Hearts Beat Loud

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A father and daughter bond over their love of playing/creating music during her final summer before leaving for college in Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Loud. I saw this film as part of the 2018 Edinburgh International Film Festival and had no idea what to expect going in as is often the case for festival films. All…

Jellyfish

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A young girl feels compelled to take responsibility for taking care of her family when her mother fails to be up to the challenge in James Gardner’s Jellyfish. Sarah Taylor (Liv Hill) doesn’t have a great life. The entire film focuses on Sarah as our eyes into the world that she lives in and it makes…

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger – Season 1 Episode 5

Cloak & Dagger

“Princeton Offense” Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger continues to further the individual character stories while starting to show how different elements are connected. A large part of this show is the connection between Tandy and Tyrone. It started when they were children and is only now affecting their lives in a big way. This episode starts…

Anna and the Apocalypse

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A Zombie Apocalypse breaks out at Christmas forcing a group of friends to run, fight and sing their way through the undead hordes in an effort to reach their families in John McPhail’s musical Anna and the Apocalypse. I personally quite like a musical. The Greatest Showman almost made it onto my best of the…

The 100 – Season 5 Episode 8

The 100

“How We Get to Peace” The 100 continues the march towards inevitable War as some of the characters work to find a more peaceful solution that will benefit as many people as possible. One thing has certainly been made clear this season; Octavia is ready for War and nothing is going to dissuade her from…

Blood Fest

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A group of friends get more than they bargained for when attending a celebration of all things horror in Owen Egerton’s Blood Fest. Self aware horror has become a genre unto itself with many examples of projects that seek to play around with the associated tropes and explore them through affectionate mocking. Standouts in this…

Lucid

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A shy young man’s life changes when he is offered the opportunity to learn how to control his dreams to improve his waking life in Adam Morse’ Lucid. Dreams are a common playground in fiction and for good reason. They offer a fertile playground that gives creative minds a world of infinite possibilities that don’t…

Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back)

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After several unsuccessful suicide attempts a young man enlists an ageing assassin to end his life for a nominal fee in Tom Edmunds’ Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back). Suicide is such a serious and sensitive subject matter that applying comedy to it is almost unthinkable. The tone has to be spot on…

Calibre

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Two friends celebrate the last moment of freedom with a hunting trip but a mistake lands them in a really tense situation in Matt Palmer’s Calibre. This is a film that is best experienced knowing as little about it as possible which makes it very difficult to review. I’ll be as vague as possible when…