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Led by a strong central performance from Virginia Gardner, Starfish is an intelligent, emotionally affecting, and uniquely expansive sci-fi/horror hybrid.



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When a mysterious Signal triggers an event that sparks the end of the world, Aubrey Parker is trapped in her dead best friend's apartment, with a single cassette tape labelled... 'THIS MIXTAPE WILL SAVE THE WORLD'. With reality fraying at the edges, Aubrey must unlock the secrets of the Signal. A secret that could end up saving the world... or condemning it.


Critic Reviews for Starfish

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  • If White's wild formal experimentation and narrative cul-de-sacs result in a strange identity crisis for the film - a sense that he wasn't entirely sure which movie he wanted to make - Gardner's stellar work unifies it.

    Jun 20, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Not all of those pieces fit together. But they combine into something strikingly original.

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • How does one grieve in the apocalypse? It's a question that festers in A.T. White's directorial debut like a ticking time bomb.

    Apr 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Starfish is very much its own sci-fi mixtape-curated with hit and miss offerings, but with an undeniable and meaningful sincerity all the same.

    Mar 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A.T White's Starfish is a film that has brilliant production values for a low-budget sci-fi film. But it's far too self-contained in its representation to really make its own place among a sea of seen-before advents.

    Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Starfish is a unique vision from director A.T. White in his first feature film. Surreal and atmospheric, it should appeal to both fans of arthouse cinema and genre film.

    Aug 17, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Starfish

  • May 29, 2019
    I will always love discovering new filmmakers that clearly have the potential to grow throughout future projects. Even if their first outing doesn't quite blow me away, talent is talent, and I believe this exact statement is worthy of mentioning director A.T. White. Directing short films and working in the music industry, those are two very similar fields, in terms of expressing visual style in a short period of time. Starfish is his first official feature film to be given a wide release and although it does feel like an elongated, independent music video, there is also a lot to like here. Following Aubrey, as she grieves the loss of her best friend, she also wakes up to realize most of the world has ended and she may be the only person living, among a few new creatures that have found a new resting place. The premise of this film alone is what sucked me in and many of the visuals held my interest, but I have to admit that the way this story is told kind of wore thin by the time Starfish reached its third act. I actually almost started disliking it when a certain fourth-wall moment happens, but I forgave it for not lasting too long. As mentioned earlier, director A.T. White comes from a background of short films and music, which is why this movie felt like a long music video at times. Told through many bizarre visuals and many high-key dramatic scores, quiet is definitely not a term to describe this one. There were times when, even though very good, the score felt incredibly unnecessary, but I admire the desire to place music in certain scenes. Also composed by White, there's a clear vision here and all I can do is commend the effort. Having worked with White in the past, Cinematographer Alberto Banares is another standout here. The way certain things are framed or manipulated was clearly done in-camera, which is always something I admire in any film. If for nothing else, this is a movie that benefits from a solid score, some superb cinematography, and very coherent direction that is seen through from start to finish. Having a talented star in Virginia Gardner (known most notably for Marvel's Runaways) didn't hurt either. In the end, Starfish is a film that I loved in concept and enjoyed quite a bit throughout the first two acts, but I could see what it was going for and the revelations didn't work for me throughout the final few minutes. Everything about this movie is admirable, but that's all I really got out of it in retrospect. I can't recommend this movie to average filmgoers, but it may be worth a shot for those wishing to pursue a filmmaking career. There are a lot of impressive techniques throughout this movie.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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