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‘Judy’ TIFF Review: Renée Zellweger Is Mesmerizing

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Though we love them–Hollywood biopics tend to be one-note. These films center a famous historical figure, tracking their childhood through the most critical moments in their lives. Renée Zellweger’s turn as Judy Garland in Judy reinvigorates the biopic genre. Chronicling the last year of the late legend’s life–Zellweger is searing, impactful and profound. Despite her immense stardom, […]

Dermalogica Age Bright Spot Fader Review

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I’m not exactly sure why (hormones?) but after I turned 30, I started breaking out for the first time in my life. My acne is only along my jaw, under the skin and painful. It’s especially tough to treat because it never comes to a head. I’ve eschewed spot treatments for that reason. That’s why […]

‘Endings, Beginnings’ TIFF Review: A Melancholy & Sober Film

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We’ve all been there. There has been some point in our ’20s or ’30s when we realize that life has been passing us by. Through it all, we’ve just been going along for the ride. In Drake Doremus’ latest film–Endings, Beginnings, Shailene Woodley stars as Daphne, a 30-something woman who hurls the grenade right into […]

‘Atlantics’ Review TiFF: Mati Diop’s Love Letter To African Girls

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A warm, beautiful movie that stirs away from the usual clichés of African women and migrants, Atlantics is a marvel. It tells a wonderful, bittersweet coming-of-age story about a young woman learning to be comfortable with herself, her choices and her sexuality. Mati Diop, the French-Senegalese actress turned director based her first feature, Atlantics, on a […]

‘Atlantiques’ Review TiFF: Mati Diop’s Love Letter To African Girls

atlantquies  Atlantiques Is One Of The First Times African Girls Have Been Truly Seen In Cinema

 A warm, beautiful movie that stirs away from the usual clichés of African women and migrants, Atlantiques is a marvel. It tells a wonderful, bittersweet coming-of-age story about a young woman learning to be comfortable with herself, her choices and her sexuality. Mati Diop, the French-Senegalese actress turned director based her first feature, Atlantiques, on […]

‘Hustlers’ Review TIFF: Jennifer Lopez & Constance Wu Are Dazzling

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Since the beginning of time, women have had to use their ingenuity and wits to survive in a world that often wants to keep them pinned down. Based on the viral 2015 New York Magazine article, “The Hustlers at Score,” Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers is a dazzling narrative. The film centers a group of women who decide to be […]

‘How To Build A Girl’ TIFF Review: Beanie Feldstein Is Charming AF

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Being a teen girl is a weird space to occupy. It’s like being trapped in an unyielding vortex where you’re treated like an adult, and an infant in the same breath. Diana Sanchez’ How to Build A Girl is a story about one 16-year-old taking her destiny in her own hands. She does this in […]

‘Rocks’ TIFF Review: A Marvel Of Black Girl Magic & Girlhood

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In the past, films centering young Black teens and girls have been an anomaly. Every few years or so we’d get movies like Crooklyn, Eve’s Bayou or Pariah that would shine a spotlight on Black girls. Thankfully, with the expansion of cinema, a new generation of Black girls are being elevated. From Tayarisha Poe’s Selah and the Spades to Nijla Mu’min’s Jinn and […]

It Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara Review: Jamie Kern Lima & Alli Webb On Their Brainchild

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When my hair is freshly blown out and my lashes are fluttery, I feel downright unstoppable. When either of them (usually both) inevitably falls flat, I feel more like a wet cat. I’d venture to say this is the case for most women (and men, if they considered it). Hair–regardless of its location on the […]

Ole Henriksen Phat Glow Facial Review For Your Smoothest Skin Yet

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Let’s get straight to the point: it’s been a long, long time since I was this excited about a face mask. There’s always a new one to try and eventually, the amount sitting behind my desk is far greater than the time and energy I have to actually try them. I look at the growing […]