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Credit: TIFF
by Lawrence Garcia Film Horizon Line

True Mothers | Naomi Kawase

True Mothers bears Kawase’s familiar textures and ambiance but is hampered by a few too many banal plot beats. Adapted from a 2015 bestseller by Mizuki Tsujimura, Naomi Kawase’s True Mothers is a melodrama rendered with an admirable textural specificity and a feel for the…

January 27, 2021
Credit: Apple TV+
by Steven Warner Film Streaming Scene

Palmer | Fisher Stevens

Palmer has noble intentions and a winning performance from Timberlake, but it’s thematically undercooked and tonally jarring. Apple TV+’s Palmer, the latest film from actor/director Fisher Stevens, is a lot of things: a classic tale of personal redemption; a woke study of gender identity; a…

January 26, 2021
RLJE Films
Before We Vanish by Chris Mello Film

PG: Psycho Goreman | Steven Kostanski

Psycho Goreman offers undeniably impressive practical effects and exactly nothing else. In director Steven Kostanski’s Psycho Goreman, two children — brother and sister — dig up an evil alien beefcake hellbent on destroying the universe. Thankfully, he’s also easily controlled with the help of the…

January 22, 2021
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