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RELIC
2020, IFC Midnight, 89 min, Australia/USA, Dir: Natalie Erika James

When elderly mother Edna (Robyn Nevin) inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) rush to their family’s decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay’s concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she’s been clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behavior turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her. With RELIC, first-time writer-director Natalie Erika James crafts an unforgettable new spin on the haunted-house movie.


PALM SPRINGS
2020, Hulu, 90 min, USA/Hong Kong, Dir: Max Barbakow

When carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and reluctant maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Milioti) have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other. With J.K. Simmons. "This ironic, irreverent and at times insane rom-com from the Lonely Island gang does something new with a genre audiences have experienced a million times before." - Peter DeBruge, Variety


SAINT MAUD
2020, A24, 84 min, UK, Dir: Rose Glass

The debut film from writer-director Rose Glass, SAINT MAUD is a chilling and boldly original vision of faith, madness and salvation in a fallen world. Maud (Morfydd Clark), a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient’s (Jennifer Ehle) soul - but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her sacred calling. "An unholy holy terror of brilliant, blood-freezing intensity." - Guy Lodge, Variety


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