It’s happened to us all: the day seems to be going along much as usual and then something unexpected happens that upends your life in some way. Maybe it’s a betrayal by a friend, maybe an illness, but whatever it might be you find yourself suddenly unsure of what to do next, and that’s never a pleasant feeling. In For the Love of George, Poppy (Nadia Jordan) finds her life changed when she discovers that her husband of 12 years, Stephen (Henry Hereford), is cheating on her.
The wild west can seem like a pretty dangerous place to the modern eye, but a lot of that danger was a side effect of the seemingly endless possibilities the west also offered. With the right combination of nerve, skill, and a healthy dose of luck, anyone might strike it rich or win fame — or infamy. Of course, not everyone started on equal footing, and the resulting jealousy could be one of the strongest motivators. Cassidy Red, for instance, is a tale of love, hate, and quite a lot of envy.
Every part of the world has its own private mysteries. In a small English town called Hagley, the mystery of the dead woman found in strange circumstances has lasted for almost 75 years as of this writing, with still no definite end in sight, despite several intriguing theories. The story has spawned several movies and books over the years, with this film, Bella in the Wych Elm, taking a matter-of-fact yet eerie approach to the tale.
Ingrid Bergman, who knew a thing or two about women in Hollywood, is famously quoted as saying, “Until 45 I can play a woman in love. After 55 I can play grandmothers. But during those ten years, it is difficult for an actress.” And that was Ingrid Bergman saying that. Imagine what it’s like if you’re not one of the most recognizable actresses in the world, one who even survived working with Alfred Hitchcock.
The coast of the island of Trinidad is about what you might picture if asked to imagine a tropical paradise of white sand beaches, lush rain forests, and of course the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. Living there would be a dream come true for a lot of people even though the cell phone reception isn’t all that great. But even the most beautiful places have their dangers, and in The Cutlass, that danger is also all too human.
No matter how fraught other relationships get, we can always count on the simple, wholesome affection of our pets to cheer us up. The old cliche about cats and dogs becoming “part of the family” is true, and their unquestioning love can help us through tough times. But what if something happened to that sweet, uncomplicated bond and a furry companion became part of the problem instead of part of the solution? That’s the question asked in Hell’s Kitty, and the answer is a doozy.
It’s a common staple of fairy tales, rags to riches stories, and daydreamers everywhere: the sudden discovery of a wealthy, long-lost relative who leaves you a fortune, or at least a grand, isolated mansion. In the case of Lucy Bellerose (Sam Valentine) in The Incantation, it’s a great-uncle that she’d never met, for the very simple reason that she was growing up in the United States while he was living in a grand, isolated mansion in France. Now that he’s passed on, however, Lucy and her mother are going there for the funeral and to see if they’re rich.
There’s nothing like money — or the lack thereof — to make otherwise normal and sensible people do the wildest and riskiest things. Those things might not even seem all that wild or risky to them, because when you’re truly desperate, your standards change before you even realize what’s going on. That’s what happens to Bridger (Bryce Hirschberg) when his mother (Julie Simone) gets the news that the cancer she thought she’d beaten has come back. All their savings went to cover the first battle with the disease, and now she’s exhausted and they’re broke.