Always Shine 2016

Always Shine

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The tense and well-acted Always Shine tells an absorbing story while making a sharp, thought-provoking statement on women's roles in Hollywood.

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Two women, both actresses with differing degrees of success, travel north from Los Angeles to Big Sur for a weekend vacation. Both see the trip as an opportunity to reconnect after years of competition and jealousy have driven a wedge between them. Upon arrival at their isolated forest retreat, the pair discover that their once intimate friendship has deteriorated into forced conversations, betrayals, petty jealousies, and deep-seated resentment.

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  • There is not a beat to miss or a beat amiss in Sophia Takal's standout second feature, Always Shine.

    March 16, 2020 | Full Review…
  • As the fog closes in, so too does the foreboding, expertly tuned to fraught dissonance by director Sophia Takal, who blends art-house flourishes with such horror conventions as the spotty cellphone reception that signals trouble.

    December 1, 2016 | Full Review…
  • [Takal has] created two characters with distinctly different approaches to femininity, but these are hard to separate from the women's habitual self-regard.

    December 1, 2016 | Full Review…
  • FitzGerald and Davis are both excellent, convincingly turning the smallest, most seemingly harmless discussions into highly charged cat-and-mouse workouts.

    December 1, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • None of this would be possible without the extraordinary performances of these two actresses.

    November 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Always Shine" is a deft, assured movie with a sly self-reflexive undercurrent containing commentary on sexism and self-idealization that's provocative, and sometimes disturbing.

    November 24, 2016 | Full Review…

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