Always Shine

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Two friends, both actresses (Halt and Catch Fire's Mackenzie Davis and Masters of Sex's Caitlin FitzGerald), leave Los Angeles for Big Sur embarking on a weekend getaway to reconnect. Once alone, however, the two women's suppressed jealousies and deep-seated resentments bubble to the surface, causing them to lose grasp not just of the true nature of their relationship, but also of their own identities.

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90/100
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.
17h ago
Nice girls play by the rules. They turn their shoulders inward and nibble on the ends of their slim fingers, nervous about all those difficult thoughts in their heads.
17h ago
B/A+
Two actresses chafe against the industry (and each other) in the jagged Always Shine.
17h ago
In the year 2016, we need thrillers like Always Shine to remind us of the social horrors we're currently up against.
17h ago
Director Sophia Takal is interested in the murky powerful undertows beneath female friendship, the dark sides of supposed “safe spaces” and just how threatening close female fri...
17h ago
B-/A+
As the lines of reality blur, Takal ups the meta-narrative aspects to a detrimental degree. The hasty montages peppered throughout start to become this film’s constant, and the ...
17h ago
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