Hampstead, a blooming romance for grownups

Hampstead is based on a true story about a man who built a shack in the hidden confines of Hampstead Heath and lived there for 17 years. Everything changed when a woman came into his life. This sweet romantic comedy is streaming on Netflix.

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Skater Girl skateboards her way to freedom

Skater Girl is the debut full length film from Manjari Makijany, who also co-wrote and produced the film. It’s an inspiring tale about a girl who discovers skating and realizes her life doesn’t have to be as life has always been in her village in India.

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Dancing Queens – the new drag queen is, wait, what?

Dancing Queens is a Swedish production full of music, dance, and heartwarming characters. Molly Nutley stars as Dylan, a 23 year old woman living on an island far from the world of dance. But she wants to dance.

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Oxygen, suspenseful sci-fi from France

Oxygen (Oxygène) is a sci-fi thriller from France. It’s a real nailbiter, full of tension and excitement. It’s essentially a one woman performance by Mélanie Laurent, who manages to convey every emotion while trapped in a big box. The film is streaming on Netflix.

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Review: Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story

Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story is the true story of Kiwi-Samoan writer/director Nikki Si’ulepa and producer Rachel Aneta Wills. They wrote, directed and produced this movie version of themselves falling in love.

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Review: Quo Vadis, Aida?

Quo Vadis, Aida? is based on a true story about the massacre of thousands of men and boys in 1995 in the town of Srebrenica in what is now Bosnia and Herzegovina. We experience events viscerally with the main character, Aida, as she struggles to protect her family. The film is streaming on Hulu, Prime, and several other streamers.

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Ride or Die – would you kill for your first crush?

Ride or Die, a Japanese production on Netflix, was a disappointment to me. I found the characters unformed and difficult to understand. The male gaze predominated whether we were watching a murder or lovemaking between two women.

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Just in Time, warmhearted family dramedy from Kenya

Just in Time, written and directed by Nigerian filmmaker Lowladee Omolola Adeleke, is a story of family and relationships set in Nairobi, Kenya. A few life-changing days bring a family together and tell a love story. You can watch it on Netflix.

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Proxima looks at women in space

Proxima tells the story of a woman astronaut who will spend a year on International Space Station. This film, from French writer and director Alice Winocour, is particularly focused on how this affects the astronaut’s relationship with her daughter. The film is streaming on Hulu.

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Madame Claude, the rise and fall of a notorious French madame

Madame Claude is a biopic about the famous Fernande Grudet, known professionally as Madame Claude. Set mostly in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the film details Claude’s business, her influence, and her ‘family’ of women. It’s streaming on Netflix.

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