A QUIET PASSION — Review by Martha K. Baker

Anyone who knows anything about Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) knows she led a circumspect life. Her passions were banked, her circle small, and her relationships few. For years, she was often the only female in anthologies of American literature, and she still reigns supreme among her sisters and brothers in the canon. Continue reading…

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Top Female Performances @ New York Film Festival 2016 — Liz Whittemore reports

nyff-54-previewWoman were out in  full force at this year’s festival. From directors like Ava DuVernay, Kelly Reichardt, Alison Maclean, Maren Ade, and Mia Hansen-Løve in the Main Slate section alone, to the star studded Hollywood performers we’ve come to love and respect throughout the years. Tackling subjects such as grief, injustice, rape culture, loneliness, fear and self actualization, this year’s selections were a strong representation of the complexities of  the female gender.  Read on…

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THE 33, MIA MADRE, SHELTER, JAMES WHITE and Other Nov 13 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

33 posterPatricia Riggen’s The 33 is compelling and inspiring truth-based drama about 33 Chilean miners trapped in a collapsed mine. Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre, boasts Margherita Buy brilliant performance as a troubled female film director. Timely! Jennifer Connolly and Cynthia Nixon give must see performances in Shelter and James White, respectively. Plus applause for Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words and Steve McQueen: The Man and La Mans. But, steer clear of Angelina Jolie Pitt’s sadly self-indulgent By the Sea and Jessie Nelson’s cloyingly unfunny Love the Coopers. Read the full reviews…

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