Girl Picture – first-look review

Navigating the influx of adrenaline and oxytocin surging through these young women, all three actors are exquisite. The balancing act is well distributed if only a tad skewed towards Emma and Mimmi’s burgeoning romance leaving Rönkkö’s navigation of sexual pleasure slightly rushed. At once Girl Picture is Mimmi’s romantic drama, Rönkkö’s coming-of-ager, and Emma’s sports thriller. In one scene, the burning red of Emma’s brake lights floods an empty car park as the ice-skater demonstrates her routine on the tarmac. Mimmi and Emma quickly fall head over heels into a…

Alice – first-look review

While Confederate’s announcement and Antebellum’s twist provoked outrage it’s hard to get similarly angry at Alice because it is just so idiotic. So Alice, a film in which an enslaved woman escapes a plantation only to discover it is 1973, isn’t breaking any new ground. Alice doesn’t even mention the whole “I’m an escaped slave” thing to Frank until the third act, which concludes with one of the most pitiful attempts at empowerment imaginable. Joseph makes a plan to escape, and that plan is to wait until broad daylight and…

Cha Cha Real Smooth – first-look review

It’s understandable why Raiff would choose to cast himself in the role of white knight soft boy (He loves kids! He wants to work for a NGO! There’s something of Zach Braff’s Garden State in Raiff’s sensibilities, both while the soft boy and manic pixie dream girl dynamic was de rigueur for 2004, it feels outdated in 2022. Writer/director/star Raiff’s sophomore effort follows on from Freshman Year, in which he played the sensitive, charming young fella who meets the complicated girl of his dreams and seeks to convince her life…