Cynthia Fuchs

Cynthia Fuchs is Film and TV reviews editor at PopMatters.com and director of Film & Media Studies and Associate Professor of English, Film & Video Studies, African and African American Studies, Sport & American Culture, and Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University.

 

Articles by Cynthia Fuchs

 

AWFJ Women On Film – “Sequestro” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

If the crimes form a pattern, throughout Jorge W. Atalla’s remarkable Sequestro (Kidnapping), it’s hard to tell what’s going to happen next.

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AWFJ Women On Filn – “Going the Distance” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Drew Barrymore and Christina Applegate are tremendously appealing: it’s not long before you’re wishing Going the Distance was about them. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The American” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Women are necessary in “The American,” like the Italian landscapes and winding stone stairways. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Tillman Story” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

“The Tillman Story” is upfront about wanting to challenge that faith, to question political assumptions and seeming historical frameworks. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “A Film Unfinished” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

The Nazis’ infatuation with documentation is visible everywhere in “A Film Unfinished,” as German soldiers grab residents’ arms or push them along in the street, as starving children sit on curbs and adults hurry along sidewalks. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Woman Rebel” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

“Woman Rebel” shows how one soldier challenges Nepalese tradition and also stakes a political claim. She’s not just soldiering. She has a cause. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Nanny McPhee Returns” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Nanny McPhee Returns establishes standard class differences between the country cousins and the city cousins — even as both sets of children are in need of retraining by the daunting Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson). Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Lottery Ticket” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

It’s remarkable how much 18-year-old Kevin has in common with Ice Cube’s Craig (from Friday), as well as how few structural or political changes have occurred over the past 15 years. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “El Espiratu de La Salsa” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

The documentary shows how these “average Americans” are all performers in more ways than one. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Eat Pray Love” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

“Eat Pray Love” presents Liz’s road to enlightenment in ways that are too reverent, too episodic, and too self-absorbed. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Expendables” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

“The Expendables” delivers a series of macho encounters within the team of expert killers and pointedly named hard-asses. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Cairo Time” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

In Cairo Time, Juliette means to care, but she seems rather unfit for it. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Dry Land ” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

“The Dry Land” finds its most effective corollary for James’ post-war trauma in the story of his mother, Martha (the magnificent Melissa Leo). Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Smash His Camera” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

The film reveals the relationship between paparazzo Ron Gallela and the culture that has produced him, the culture that resents and exploits him as it resents and exploits his subjects. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Girl Who Played with Fire” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

In The Girl Who Played with Fire, Lisbeth is no longer the sometimes mesmerizing sidekick. Instead, she’s the very obvious, and less mesmerizing, center. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Kids Are All Right” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

In The Kids Are All Right, Lisa Cholodenko’s lovely comedy about family, routines and perspectives are shifting. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Predators” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Predators is, for the most part, a pedestrian, fanboyish rebooting of John McTiernan’s prototypically efficient action pic. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Restrepo” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

The company’s experiences make up the entirety of this outstanding documentary, recorded by embedded filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington. Read more..

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Airbender” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Poor banished prince Zuko actually frets that his father thinks, “I’m like my mother,” hinting at some gender-role anxieties the film never quite addresses. a href=”http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/127759-the-last-airbender”>Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Twilight: Eclipse” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

The Twilight saga depends on Bella not deciding, not resolving, and above all, not moving on. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Toy Story 3″ – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

In the cleverly entertaining Toy Story 3, Ken is confused and superficial, and also pretty fabulous. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Jonah Hex” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Slight but sluggish, murky but not effectively dark, Jonah Hex is caught in a limbo rather like its hero’s. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is not about revelation or exposé. It is, instead, about Joan Rivers’ business. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Smash His Camera” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Leon Gast’s excellent documentary takes paparazzo Ron Galella as its subject, but also uses him as a way to ask more resonant questions, about celebrity and obsession. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Karate Kid” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

In The Karate Kid, Mr. Han and Dre deserve each other, in a good way. Read more>>

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