THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Jennifer Lopez spurs discussion of double standards — Brandy McDonnell Comments

JENNIFER LOPEZ 1Jennifer Lopez fights the diva label and ponders “I’ve always been fascinated by how much more well-behaved we have to be than men” in an actress roundtable discussion convened by The Hollywood Reporter. Lopez’s comments lead to the consideration of behavioral double standards. Read more in THE WEEK IN WOMEN…

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WEINER – Review by Susan Granger

Perhaps it’s not surprising that in this tumultuous political season, disgraced former Brooklyn-Queens Congressman Anthony Weiner is the topic of a new documentary by his ex-chief-of-staff Josh Kriegman. In 2011, Weiner resigned from his seven-term House of Representatives seat because of an infamous sexting scandal. Two years later, ever-ambitious Weiner, seeking rehabilitation, decides to enter the New York City Mayoral race. Read on…

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NICE GUYS, MAGGIE’S PLAN, MA MA, NEIGHBORS 2, WEINER and More May 20 Openers — Reviews by Jennifer Merin

nice guys posterThe Nice Guys Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe don’t finish last when it comes to laughs, especially when foiled by breakout Angourie Rice as Gosling’s savvy teenage daughter. Neighbors 2 has Rose Byrne and Seth Rogan’s quietude disrupted by boisterous bikini-clad sorority girls. Ma Ma stars Penelope Cruz in an inspiration tearjerker. Weiner is a winning documentary about losing an election due to sexting and other complications. Plus The Abolutionists docu about the crusade to stop sex trafficking, In Search of Doc Holliday with insight about the western bad boy, Who is Lydia Loveless? profiling the bad girl singer and romcom Dropping The S Bomb about a smitten girl who follows her high school squeeze to Stamford. Femme-helmed or femme-centric, all. But which are watch worthy? Read the reviews>>

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA: Dr. Heidi Janz and Eva Colmers’ Moving Acceptance Speech

Dr. Heidi Janz

Dr. Heidi Janz

Eva Colmers

Eva Colmers

VANCOUVER — At DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2016 awards ceremony, held on May 14, the AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary Short was presented to co-directors Dr. Heidi Janz and Eva Colmers for We Regret to Inform You, their very affecting and effective film about Heidi’s arduous battle to get disability support from the Canadian government. The directors were not present to receive the award from AWFJ’s Karen Martin, but the had prepared a very beautiful and affirming acceptance speech on tape. You can read the transcript and/or watch the video:

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THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY – Review by Susan Granger

As the brilliant Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, engaging actor Dev Patel snags his first meaty role since “Slumdog Millionaire” and the “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” comedies. A self-educated clerk from a poor Brahmin family, Ramanujan overcame incredible odds to inform the later work of Stephen Hawking (“The Theory of Everything”) and Alan Turing (“The Imitation Game”). Although writer/director Matt Brown strikes a more conventional key than those previous biopics, he nevertheless weaves a compelling tale of passion and perseverance. Read on…

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Kelly Reichart’s mid-career retrospective — Dorothy Woodend reports

kelly reichert 2The five-film program at Vancouver’s Cinematheque captures Reichert’s characteristic balance of sorrow and joy in a world of hard times and bad choices. The program, spanning almost the length of Reichardt’s career thus far, presents Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010) and Night Moves (2013) — which were all co-written with her writing partner, Jon Raymond — and her first feature, River of Grass (1994), in a new restoration. Read more>>

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THE MEDDLER – Review by Susan Granger

While writer/director Lorene Scafaria may have based this dramedy on her own overbearing mother, she misses far too many many chances for inspiration and insight. Recently widowed Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon), a Brooklyn native, has moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her 30-something daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), a perplexed, perpetually pouting TV writer who was recently dumped by her boyfriend Jason (Jason Ritter). Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 16 – May 22: MAGGIE’S PLAN

maggiesplan_poster copyOpening May 13, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Maggie’s Plan, the new comedy from celebrated writer/director Rebecca Miller (Personal Velocity, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Read on…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Women in Motion at Cannes, Jodie Foster in Hollywood and more –Brandy McDonnell reports

DAVIS SARANDONA year after the biggest news involving women at Cannes Film Festival was the controversy over a rule requiring women to wear high heels on the red carpet, there have been some strides made for women at France’s esteemed film fest. Kering’s Women in Motion initiative has honored Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, and three women directors are competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or. But there’s still a long road ahead. Plus Jodie Foster says Hollywood is scared of women, and more. Read this week’s THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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UNDER THE GUN, MONEY MONSTER, LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, THE STUDENT BODY and more May 13 Openers — Reviews by Jennifer Merin

undergunposterStephanie Soechtig’s exemplary must see documentary Under The Gun advocates for much needed gun control legislation in the US. Jodie Foster’s Money Monster is a hostage drama with a trio of topical themes: economics, greed and media madness. Love & Friendship is a smart and scenic cinematic take on the Jane Austen novella, Lady Susan. The Student Body documentary follows high schooler Holly Allen as she challenges legislation that estsblishes mandatory testing of students’ BMI, a measure she sees as an invasion of privacy. Plus Sunset Song, A Monster with a Thousand Heads, We Promised, The Lobster, Love Addict, Most Likely to Die, and Sick People. Read the reviews…

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