Watching and writing about film since 2013.

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Jacqueline Valencia (founding editor/critic)  is a Toronto-based writer and earned her Honours BA in English at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Lilith (Desert Pets Press, 2018) and There Is No Escape Out Of Time (Insomniac Press, 2016) and the founding editor of These Girls On Film. Jacqueline is the organizer of the 2015 Toronto Poetry Talks: Racism and Sexism in the Craft. She is a project partner at Poetry inPrint and editor at The Rusty Toque, Watch Your Head, and manygenderedmothers. Former staff film critic at Next Projection.

Her tastes range from John Milius’ Conan The Barbarian to spaghetti westerns to isolation space films to giallo gore to her all time fave Chris Marker’s La Jetée.

Reviews on this site:  https://criticalfocus.ca/?s=jacqueline+valencia

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Jennifer Valencia (founding editor/critic) is a film critic, film festival freelancer, baker and student of wine. She has worked print traffic and tech coordinator for the Toronto Film Festival, Hot Docs, TIFF Kids, and worked in various capacities at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and The Bloor Cinema.

Jennifer received her Cinema Studies Honours Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto. Her tastes range from modern blockbuster to high auteur fare. Her eclectic taste shines a unique pov to classic and modern day cinema. See her love of film, food and wine collide. Quotes Jurassic Park and Waynes World.

@jennvalfoodie on Instagram

Reviews on this site: https://criticalfocus.ca/?s=Jennifer+Valencia

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Kayann Mitchell (critic & chief horror editor) has been commenting on film on her various blogs for many years and is now bringing her refreshing wit to These Girls On Film. She enjoys horror movies of many types (the headier the better), genre flicks of various modes (bring on the giallo), and if you remake a classic she’ll make sure to let you know what she thinks about it! You can find her and her opinions at various film festivals in Toronto.

Reviews on this site: https://criticalfocus.ca/?s=Kayann+Mitchell


  • Giselle Defares is a writer covering media, technology, and culture. My cultural criticism, opinion editorials, reported features, and essays have appeared in national and international publications such as The New York Times, Huffington Post, Filmkrant, Marie Claire, Vogue, VICE, and over a dozen more. Contributing writer for actress Zoe Saldana’s digital media brand BESE.

Reviews on this site: https://criticalfocus.ca/?s=Giselle+Defares

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