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Always Shine (2016)

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Best friends Anna and Beth take a weekend trip to Big Sur, hopeful to re-establish a bond broken by years of competition and jealousy. Tensions mount, however, leading to an unexpected yet ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mackenzie Davis ... Anna
Caitlin FitzGerald ... Beth
Lawrence Michael Levine ... Jesse
Khan Baykal ... Paul
Alexander Koch ... Matt
Michael Lowry ... Vic
Colleen Camp ... Sandra
Jane Adams ... Summer
Julian Tolentino Julian Tolentino ... Jack
Mason Foster Mason Foster ... Joplin
Stella Foster Stella Foster ... Stella
Marisa Takal Marisa Takal ... Violet
Robert Longstreet ... Producer #1
Simon Barrett ... Producer #2
Jordan Kessler Jordan Kessler ... Director
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Best friends Anna and Beth take a weekend trip to Big Sur, hopeful to re-establish a bond broken by years of competition and jealousy. Tensions mount, however, leading to an unexpected yet inevitable confrontation, changing both of their lives...forever.

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Drama | Thriller

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USA

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English

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25 November 2016 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,211, 25 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,891, 2 December 2016
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Rivalry with a twist
2 January 2017 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

I didn't love Always Shine, but I did admire the film's chutzpah. It takes a lot of clichéd elements like the rivalry between women, especially actresses, but puts a new spin on them.

The film is about two best friends, Beth (Caitlin FitzGerald) and Anna (Mackenzie Davis). Both are actresses but Beth is experiencing a sudden surge in her career as she begins to land dumb parts in big budget successful horror movies. Anna meanwhile is the more talented of the two, but can't get a decent agent or good work. Her strong personality is also perceived as abrasive while Beth's doormat behaviour is perceived as being extremely attractive. The women head up to a cabin for a vacation but tension about their careers is high and neither can find it within themselves to be kind, graceful or supportive of the other. As tensions flare they finally learn what they really think of one another.

The acting on this is great and I did enjoy the twist. It's a bit of a psychological horror film, so while the gore isn't there, it's still pretty dynamic and a little scary.


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