Always Shine

1h25m | Directed by Sophia Takal | USA | Drama, suspense

SHOWTIMES

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016
7:30pm | 9:30pm

SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 2016
7:30pm | 9:30pm

SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016
5:00pm | 7:15pm

MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016
7:30pm | 9:30pm

TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016
7:30pm | 9:30pm

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2016
7:30pm | 9:30pm

THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016
7:30pm | 9:30pm

NOT RATED

In Sophia Takal’s twisty, psychological drama, Always Shine, two women, actresses with differing degrees of success, travel north from Los Angeles to Big Sur for a weekend vacation. Both see the trip as an opportunity to reconnect after years of competition and jealousy has driven a wedge between them, but upon arrival to their isolated, forest retreat, the pair discovers that their once intimate friendship has deteriorated into forced conversations, betrayals both real and imagined, petty jealousies, and deep-seated resentment. These are two women whose ideas of success are dictated as much by external cultural criteria as their own sense of self-worth. Beautifully photographed and assuredly directed by Takal, Always Shine wraps itself in an evocative shroud of dread and paranoia that lingers long after the final frame. (c) Oscilloscope

Takal’s movie succeeds from every angle: psychological thriller, classic two-hander, and a feminist exploration of women’s prescribed roles in Hollywood and beyond.
Kimber Myers | The Playlist | Full Review

A highbrow thriller with deep feminist undercurrents.
John DeFore | The Hollywood Reporter | Full Review

An involving thriller about the relationship between performance and emotional reality, probing the chaotic possibilities when those two ingredients collide.
Eric Kohn | Indiewire | Full Review