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This week for our Indie Fresh List, we have a time capsule documentary about young Hollywood in the ’80s/’90s, a heart-wrenching drama about the Guatemalan military coup as seen through the eyes of the women who lived through it, and a Certified Fresh horror film that asks what would happen if your dreams turned on you.
Come True (2021)
An inventive way to subvert the expectations of horror fans is to turn the innocuous into the terrifying; the Certifed Fresh Come True utilizes dreams as a new ignition point to ratchet up scares. When her recurring nightmares become untenable, a young woman submits to a university sleep study, only to realize those running it may have sinister intentions. Tomris Laffy for RogerEbert.com writes lead actress Julia Sarah Stone “is completely game for the wild ride, putting forth a sturdy yet manic presence with startling authority, even when the brooding aura that surrounds her begs for adequate substance.”
In select theaters and available on VOD now.
Attempting to provide a human perspective on the recent military coups in Central and South America, Our Mothers chronicles the Guatemalan military trials that gripped the nation in 2018 through the eyes of the women who lived through it. “An appealingly dignified, humane story of the repercussions of the little-known civil war in Guatemala in the 1980s as borne by the country’s women,” writes Fionnuala Halligan of Screen International.
Streaming now on HBO Max.
Kid 90 (2021)
Soleil Moon Frye was a child star in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and during that time she chronicled her life with a video camera she carried everywhere she went. Revisiting these hours of footage that were locked away for 20 years, she has crafted an interesting doc that offers an incredible peek inside the private lives of child stars and that era’s “Young Hollywood” before the rise of social media. “More than entertainment for viewers, Kid 90 proves a cathartic reckoning for Frye and anyone watching who has gone through the same trials and tribulations on any scale,” writes Jared Mobarak for The Film Stage.
Streaming now on Hulu.
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