AWFJ’s Women’s History Month Movies Watch List

Celebrate Women’s History Month by watching women-centric films that illuminate, educate and entertain. AWFJ’s curated list of films to watch during Women’s History Month ranges from mirth-filled comedies to truth-based stories of feminist activism, from gal pal road trip scenarios and inspiring biopics to exposes of the heinous evils of sexism and racism. The wide range of recommended films have one thing in common: they are all about women and they respectfully represent women’s perspectives on the social and political issues that we all face in daily life. Each film is a powerful reminder of how far we’ve come — and how much further we need to go. Women’s History Month has 31 days. We list 35 films, figuring that you might enjoy watching a feminist double bill on the weekend or your day off. Continue reading…

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AWFJ Members Score Achievements in 2015, and moves to level the playing field – Brandy McDonnell comments

Alliance of Women Film Journalists members celebrateD big achievements in 2015 – if only there were more women film critics to celebrate. The ongoing discussion about the need to level the playing ground for women working in Hollywood is expanding to include women filmmakers working in the documentary arena, and women who are working in film criticism. Looking ahead to 2016, the struggle continues for equality for women and for people of color in the film industry. The debate is actually heating up. Read more in THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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AWFJ Women On Film – Carol Cling’s Top Ten of 2009

1. “THE HURT LOCKER”

2. “AN EDUCATION”

3. “BRIGHT STAR”

4. “UP”

5. “THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG”

6. “THE COVE”

7. “A SERIOUS MAN”

8. “IN THE LOOP”

9. “UP IN THE AIR”

10. “SIN NOMBRE”

And, for the annotated version:

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Women On Film – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – Carol Cling reviews

“Benjamin Button” is nothing if not ambitious — especially in its consideration of the Big Picture. (Otherwise known as Life and What It All Means.) Read more>>

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“Pride and Glory” – Carol Cling reviews

That noted cinematic critic Dirty Harry Callahan once decreed that “a man’s gotta know his limitations.” Same goes for movies. Alas, “Pride and Glory” keeps forgetting that crucial rule.Read more>>

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“Lakeview Terrace” – Carol Cling reviews

Instead of trusting their characters and script — and trusting that the audience would pick up on the emotional undercurrents — “Lakeview Terrace’s” makers opt for the sledgehammer approach. Read more>>

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“The Women” – Carol Cling reviews

English treats “The Women” too much like a sitcom and not enough like a movie. Beyond her draggy pacing and prosaic visual style, English seems to think it’s enough to round up a bunch of characters and keep them talking. That only works when the characters are appealing and they’ve got something to say. (Murphy Brown and Co. were never at a loss for words — but we only had to listen to them bicker and banter for a half-hour at a time.) Read more>>

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Hollywood’s Wednesday Release Strategy – Carol Cling comments

Hollywood. You gotta love it. It’s the kind of place where summer starts the first weekend in May. Thanksgiving starts the first weekend in November. And Friday starts on Wednesday — at least in August. Read more>>

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“Hamlet 2″ – Carol Cling reviews

“Hamlet 2″ spoofs a lot more than the Bard, from putting-on-a-show satires to Hollywood’s seemingly endless fixation with inspirational teachers. Read more>>

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“The Dark Knight” – Carol Cling reviews

“The Dark Knight” wants desperately to be taken seriously. It certainly takes itself seriously — sometimes too seriously for its own good. Even without the real-life death of Heath Ledger, who plays the movie’s maniacal Joker, this sequel to 2005′s “Batman Begins” cloaks itself in funereal black. It’s almost as if somebody sprinkled ashes in the popcorn. Read more>>

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