MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 18-25: DETROIT

motw logo 1-35Intense. Infuriating. Immediate. Kathryn Bigelow‘s powerful, often-heartbreaking historical drama Detroit is all of these things and more. Set amid the chaos, violence, and anger of the riots that dominated Motor City during the summer of 1967, the film’s narrative focuses on the police brutality that took place at the Algiers Motel on July 25 and 26 of that year, and the justice system’s subsequent whitewashing of that heinous event. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 14-21: THE MIDWIFE

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Two women, one old wound, and a whole lot of wine. Boiled down to its essential ingredients, Martin Provost’s new film The Midwife is diverting enough, filled with small pleasures, and sometimes that is enough. Especially when the two women are so beautifully portrayed by Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 16 – 23: MAUDIE

motw logo 1-35 Director Aisling Walsh’s film Maudie centres around the life and work of Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis. Lewis is familiar to Canadians and to art lovers around the world from her iconic paintings, made during the latter part of her life, but the film actually begins with the portrait of the artist as a young woman. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 9 – 16: MEGAN LEAVEY

motw logo 1-35A film about a woman and a dog already has one at a distinct advantage. Critical faculties are of little avail against the soulful eyes of an adorable canine. Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s film Megan Leavey (opening June 9, 2017) pulls at the heartstrings with near shameless abandon, and for the most part it works. – Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK, May 26 to June 2, 2017: THE FIFTH ELEMENT

motw logo 1-35Twenty years after it cleaned up at the box office while simultaneously polarizing critics, Luc Besson’s colorful, action-packed sci-fi extravaganza is as bonkers as ever. It has elements that are reminiscent of both “Total Recall” (1990) and “Stargate” (1994), but “The Fifth Element” is loudly, proudly its own beast — and it all hinges on Milla Jovovich’s iconic performance. Continue reading…

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA 2017: The Winners!

As DOXA 2017 draws to a close, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted to announce the winners of this year’s EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature and Best Female-Directed Short’ both presented at the festival’s awards ceremony on Saturday, May 13 in Vancouver. Continue reading…

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA: Films and Juries

For the second consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is partnering with DOXA Documentary Film Festival to present EDA Awards for best female-directed films at the 16th annual festival, to be held from May 4 to 14, in Vancouver, BC. doxa logo 2017DOXA programmers have nominated female-directed films in two EDA Awards categories: Best Female-Directed Feature Length Documentary and Best Female-Directed Documentary Short. EDA Awards juries for both categories are comprised exclusively of AWJF members. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 24 – 31, 2017: THEIR FINEST

motw logo 1-35Mix a few dashes of “Argo,” a smidge of “Monuments Men” (admittedly, there’s not all that much worth taking), and a hearty dollop of “Hope and Glory,” and you’ll start to get an idea of what to expect from “Their Finest.” This World War II-set romantic dramedy follows a scrappy group of British filmmakers/propagandists who find themselves scrambling to make a morale-boosting movie based on an inspiring true story … sort of. Read on…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 10 – 17, 2017: THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC

motw logo 1-35Nobody does twee quite like the English, especially when it comes to stories about innocent romance, cantankerous old men who turn out to have hearts of gold, and neglected gardens begging to be restored to blooming beauty. This Beautiful Fantastic covers all of that ground and then some as it introduces viewers to Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay, aka Downton Abbey’s beloved Lady Sybil), a librarian/aspiring children’s author who suffers from a variety of afflictions — a bit of OCD here, a little nature phobia there — that are all portrayed, in typical cinematic fashion, as charming quirks rather than potentially debilitating conditions.
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MOVIE OF THE WEEK Feb 27 to Mar 3: FROM NOWHERE

motw logo 1-35From Nowhere has the peculiar timing of being released in theatres in the midst of the current maelstrom around immigration in the US. The film premiered last year at the SXSW Festival, where it picked up an audience choice award. Back in those innocent and unsuspecting days of yore, the film was relevant and topical, but now it is essential. As the US president threatens to muster the National Guard to round up  the undocumentedFrom Nowhere offers up a portrait of three young lives caught up in this Kafkaesque situation. Read On….

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Jan 27 to Feb 3: SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN

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Director Maggie Greenwald’s film Sophie and the Rising Sun is distinctly old-fashioned, sturdy in its construction, stolid even, but with fine details of time and place that add depth and grain to the action. The film is a handsome affair about interracial romance and racial prejudice, and although it occasionally traffics in sentiment, the solidity and strength provided by the female cast keeps it focused on rational tolerance, womanly solidarity and a little old thing called love. Read On…

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Alliance of Women Film Journalists To Present AWFJ EDA Award @ IDFA 2015 – Nov 18-29

eda@idfa2.200The Alliance of Women Film Journalists will proudly present our juried AWFJ EDA Award @ IDFA 2015 for the Best Female Directed Film. This is the second consecutive year of the organization’s partnership with IDFA to recognize women’s accomplishments in documentary filmmaking. In 2014, the AWFJ EDA Award @ IDFA was presented to Maite Alberdi for Tea Time The AWFJ EDA Award and the Oxfam Global Justice Award are the only two independently-presented awards on the IDFA Awards roster. Read more>>

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AWFJ To Present EDA Award at Salem Film Fest

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is pleased to announce that we will present a juried EDA Award for the Best Female-Directed Film at the 2012 Salem Film Fest.

The jury for the EDA Award includes AWFJ members Cynthia Fuchs (Popmatters.com), Jennifer Merin (Documentaries.About.com and Womens eNews), Erin Trahan (The Independent), Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today) and Jeanne Wolf (JeanneWolfsHollywood.com and PARADE Magazine).

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Stolen” – Cynthia Fuchs reviews

As Stolen looks at slavery in North Africa, it becomes clear that saying “too much” is costly for Fetim. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Source Code” – Cynthia Fuchs reviews

Colter, like Deckard before him, has to accept who and where he is, even as these definitions recede before him. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Pushing the Elephant” – Cynthia Fuchs reviews

As ambassador for the humanitarian organization, Mapendo International, Rose Mapendo tells her story again and again, encouraging her listeners to draw lessons from it. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Insidious ” – Cynthia Fuchs reviews

Looking over dad’s shoulder as he peruses his son’s scary drawings, you can’t help but wonder at his surprise. How long have these pictures been tacked to Dalton’s bedroom wall, anyway? Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Triangle: Remembering the Fire” – Cynthia Fuchs reviews

As the film makes clear, the story of the Triangle Fire is actually many stories, fragmented, frightening, and heroic. Read more>>

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

A single, lingering, low-angle close-up of Pete Postlethwaite’s face goes a long way toward making any movie at least a little compelling. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Waiting for ‘Superman’” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

The young students’ stories are surely Waiting for ‘Superman’’s most effective strategy, but it’s hard not to wonder at how they are being used in such a slick enterprise. Read more>>

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

The possible “openness” of Facebook here hinges on the definitive closed system embodied by this fictional Mark Zuckerberg. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Teenage Paparazzo” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Teenage Paparazzo establishes at least a couple of foci, namely, Adrian Grenier’s relationship with the picture-snapping press and his relationship with that relationship, as he portrays it on TV. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women on Film – “Freakonomics” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Freakonomics’ four sections offer various takes on the source book’s premise: what happens when you ask “a different kind of question entirely?” Read more>>

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

Marwencol shows a process of self-imagining and storytelling that reflects the intricate ways that we all understand ourselves, the worlds inside and around us. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Let Me In” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Let Me In both tweaks and fulfills right-wingy, quasi-religious views by making the most virulent embodiment of evil a little girl. a href=”http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/131649-let-me-in/” target=”new”>Read more>>

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