EQUITY, INTO THE FOREST, NERVE, BAD MOMS, JASON BOURNE and Other Jluy 29 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

Equity_27X40_OS_Final_061416.indd Meera Menon’s Equity, a drama about a woman on Wall Street, steals this week’s top spot for feminist movie goers. Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest, another film about female empowerment, stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood as sisters struggling to survive the terrifying circumstances of a massive power outage. Nerve is a femme-centric thriller about a high school senior (Emma Roberts) who signs on to play an edgy online real-time game of truth or dare, with cash prizes and consequences. Bad Moms is a raucous comedy that misses the mark, even for restless moms in need of comic relief. And, unfortunately, Jason is not Bourne again. Plus Tallulah, Shelley, Hollywood Beauty Salon, Miss Sharon Jones and Gleason. Read the reviews>>

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FREEHELD – Review by Susan Granger

Julianne Moore propels this based-on-a-true-court case of a lesbian cop who takes on an entire community to demand equal rights and justice for her domestic partner. Working for the Ocean County Police Department in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, Laurel Hester (Moore) always kept quiet about her private life until she meets smart, eloquent garage mechanic Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) at a volleyball game. Read on…

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SPOTLIGHT October 2015: Reed Morano, Director/Cinematographer, MEADOWLAND

awfjspotlightsmallsmallIf there’s one thing I can say about Reed Morano’s Meadowland, it’s that it’s not an easy film to watch. A good film—yes. One of the most honestly, emotionally resonant films about grief ever made, in fact. But not easy. For those open to a cinematic experience with a side of catharsis, Meadowland comes out courtesy of Cinedigm on October 16th. Just have your Kleenex handy. We at AWFJ are proud to present the director as this month’s SPOTLIGHT subject. Read on…

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FREEHELD, HE NAMED ME MALALA, THE MARTIAN and Other Oct 2 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

freeheld posterIn Freeheld, Julianne Moore and Ellen Page are brilliantly courageous and poignant as domestic partners crusading for spousal benefits. He Named Me Malala is Davis Guggenheim’s documentary intro to the Pakistani schoolgirl who came close to dying for the cause of girls’ education, and won a Nobel Peace Prize. The Martian, a fascinating and thrilling sci-fi adventure, is Matt Damon’s film, but Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara as heroic female astronauts thrust me into a positive orbit. Plus femme-helmed Northern Soul and Addicted to Fresno, and femme-scribed Partisan and Labyrinth of Lies. Read the reviews…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, September 28-October 4: FREEHELD

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Opening October 2, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore as a terminally ill police officer fighting to ensure that her pension goes to her same-sex partner (Ellen Page). Read on…

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Whip It” – Susan Granger reviews

You gotta love Drew Barrymore! Ever since her sweetness captured our hearts as Gertie in “E.T.,” she’s been an authentic original. Now the former child star/hippie girl with anger issues has grown into not only an admirable character actress (HBO’s “Grey Gardens”), a formidable producer of 10 films including the “Charlie’s Angels” franchise, but also a smart, savvy, first-time director with a high-spirited sense of inspiring female empowerment.

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