All in 3.5 Stars

when we rise

More well-meaning than well-executed, this 8-hour mini series will resonate strongly with those of us living and breathing the fight every day, but is it strong enough to move the unconverted? I'm unconvinced. There are enough huge moments here to keep most viewers hanging in there, and it pulls relentlessly at the heartstrings.

boy meets girl

With some distinct pluses and minuses, I enjoyed the film immensely, squealed with delight in some parts and squirmed with discomfort in others. Michelle Hendley is disarmingly good, and I hope that this sweet, affecting love story finds an audience, because it deserves it.

the nightwatch

The film rips along at a cracking pace - at times too fast -  trying to fit an awful lot into 90 minutes. Sarah Waters continues her reign as the queen of lesbian historical fiction, and each time someone has picked up the adaptation mantle, there's been obvious effort to do her brilliant characters the justice they so deserve.

mercy

Ellen Barkin plays an experienced but lonely cop on the trail of a serial killer. The trail leads her to businesswoman Vickie Kittrie (Peta Wilson). Vickie is at first reluctant to cooperate, but then sets her sights at Catherine as her latest conquest, and the investigation becomes just another dangerous sexual game for her.

higher learning

The tagline for the film says "Unlearn", and that is an excellent explanation of the main theme of the film. How difficult is it to unlearn all we have been taught in our lives when faced with situations that fall outside our frame of reference?

but i'm a cheerleader

But I'm A Cheerleader has all the calling cards of a Waters film: the pastiche, the humour, the melodrama, but tends also towards the slapstick and gross-out humour that is so popular in the teen film market. It is perfectly placed as a great film homage, but stands a little shakily on its own merits.