movie picks

Lucy Recommends: A Month of Sundays

It’s a movie about human relationships, Frank cannot connect with anyone after his mom has passed. Then, he gets a call from Sarah who was trying to reach her son but wrongly dial the numbers and gets Frank. Sarah and Frank became friends, and things get back in place. It’s a nice movie to watch.

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Natalie Recommends: Little Sister

Little Sister follows the story of Colleen, goth girl turned nun, as she reunites with her estranged family in Asheville, NC. Set during the 2008 Obama/Biden presidential campaign, this quirky dark comedy examines family dysfunction, trauma and politics. This film manages to be relatively fun and lighthearted despite the serious subject matter.

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Anya Recommends: The Secret Scripture

A woman keeps a diary about her life after being committed to a mental hospital. A diary she’s been keeping secretly written alongside the scripture in her bible. It details her life as a young woman in a small village in Ireland during WWII. The diary delves deep into her past revealing the lively young women that she once was,strong and confident different from other women of the era. Which in turn attracts the eye of many young local suitors. This film will take you on a journey through her past. From a love that lasted the test of time. And a jealousy that would have her put away for more than 50 years. Witnessing many heart wrenching personal slights. That will leave you wondering how such cruelty could have ever been accepted. And for women, thankful for the world in which we live today.

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Samantha Recommends: Equals

“Equals” is a romance, sci-fi, fantasy film directed by Drake Doremus and starring Nicholas Hoult as Silas and Kristin Stewart as Nia. In this Romeo & Juliet dystopian, society referred to as ‘the collective’ acts and functions under the guise of a Utopian society where crime and most diseases including the flu and cancer have been eradicated and individuals live modern, productive, clean, minimalist lives. The success of mankind was made possible by the continuous suppression of human emotion. However, the collective only tolerates individuals who function as productive members. What does it mean to be a productive member? It means the complete absence of emotions. Emotions lead to distractions, impulsivity, volatility, and ultimately chaos. Members of the collective are practically clones of each other, they all wear white clothes, live in clean-lined, cold, box apartments where their beds, closets, and kitchens retract into the walls after use. They go to work, come home, eat, sleep, wake-up, and repeat, and they’re all quite content doing so. Although most diseases have been eradicated, society is now plagued by the sufferable Switched On Syndrome (S.O.S.), a disease characterized by the acute onset of emotions and progression of symptoms in the later stages. In the latest stage of the disease there is nothing left for the individual except for a trip to the D.E.N. (Defective Emotional Neuropathy Facility). Two co-workers (one from the ‘Text’ department the other from ‘illustrations’) work together at Atmos, a highly reputable organization dedicated to the accurate depiction of our history. This story begins after his diagnosis of S.O.S. and when Silas begins to suspect Nia is also suffering from the disease. Silas and Nia need to avoid the D.E.N. long enough for the cure. With the medical field on the precipice of finding the cure, will the two make it in time? Will the cure solve all their problems or is there another path for them?

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Teresa Recommends: Dark River

This atmospheric and tense pastoral is an examination of trauma after the fact. Beautifully shot, the scenery in this movie is haunting and visceral. Upon the death of her father Alice returns home to take up the mantle of running the family farm, her brother however is not happy to see her after the 15 years she’s been away. The tension that unfolds begins as a quiet fear that surrounds every action, and continues to build with each damaging altercation between the siblings. Alice and Joe’s splintering and explosive relationship reaches a breaking point, in fact it barrels past the point of no return with catastrophic consequences. What they’re left with is having to confront whether it’s possible to reconcile and heal from the pain of their past.

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Lucy Recommends: The King’s Choice

It is a movie based on a true story about three important days in 1940, where Germany presents the King of Norway an ultimatum: Surrender or die. The German envoy to Norway tries to negotiate with the King for a peace treaty, while Nazi troops are invading Norway. The King has to make the final decision.

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Teresa Recommends: Hearts Beat Loud

Fatherhood is a woefully under explored concept in media, child rearing and nurturing often being firmly set in the realm of motherhood. Hearts Beat Loud is a heartwarming and sincere story about a relationship between a father and his daughter, which explores what it means to cultivate a warm and genuine dynamic that is all too often reserved for women and their children. This movie is so refreshing and sweet in the way that it explores family ties, the fears associated with a child leaving the nest, and the evolution of a daughter entering the next chapter of her life. Also the music is SO good. Genuinely catchy songs that I listened to on repeat for weeks, I can’t say enough good things about the music that’s created in this movie other than that I love it! The way Frank and Sam use music as a way to connect is so fun to watch and listen to! How this movie explores a creative relationship within a family and how music impacts their bond is done in such a genuine and heartfelt manner. If you want a real feel-good movie, check this one out on Kanopy, you won’t be disappointed!

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Samantha Recommends: Paradise Hills

In a society where sexism and classism run rampant, women’s flaws which make them unfit for society and their husbands, can all be corrected with a simple trip to Paradise Hills. Set as an elite relaxation centre, Paradise Hills subjects the girls to etiquette classes, vocal classes, beauty treatments, restricted diets, and unusual behaviour modification treatments, all with the promise when they leave Paradise Hills, they’ll be the perfect version of themselves. Soon after their arrival, they see rehabilitated girls leave to go live a perfect life, but seemingly too perfect to be real. Although initially angry, frustrated, and annoyed for being sent away, the girls’ fears intensify when they learn everything is not what it appears to be. The most real thing on the island is the girls’ need to escape Paradise Hills before it consumes them.

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Vivian Recommends: Kedi

An incredible story about cats, their diverse personalities and our relationships with them. Set in Istanbul and with beautiful cinematopgraphy I would highly recommend this for anyone who has a soft spot for our small furry companions. And don’t worry, its entirely feel good and up lifting.

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Kevin Recommends: Be Kind, Rewind

Looking for something do while at home, how about re-making the endings to some of your favourite movies? That’s what these two movie store clerks have to do after inadvertantly erasing the endings to some classic movies. It is also a great opportunity to teach your kids what movie stores were.

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