MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 17-24, 2017: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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It may be a “tale as old as time,” but there’s plenty that’s new and fresh in Disney’s live-action take on one of folklore’s most enduring opposites-attract stories. First and foremost is Emma Watson as Belle, the independent, book-loving French girl who dreams of “adventure in the great wide somewhere” and ends up the captive of the surly, bitter, cursed Beast (Dan Stevens) after trading her own freedom for her father’s (Kevin Kline). Watson’s Belle is smart, confident, courageous, and feisty — she adds a welcome dash of our beloved Hermione to a character who was already considered one of Disney’s more admirable, self-sufficient princesses. Read on…

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COLONIA, HOSTILE BORDER, THE SYNDROME, Six Female-Directed Features and More Openers — Reviews by Jennifer Merin

colonia posterIn the feast-or-famine world of women and movies, this week is a rich one, with both narratives and documentaries illuminating big screens. Look for Emma Watson in Colonia, Hostile Border‘s treatment of a woman caught in illegal alien syndrome, The Syndrome‘s revelations about shaken babies, plus Diana Angelson’s Armenia My Love, Amanda Marsalis’ Echo Park, Kate Chaplin’s Wig’d Out, Jenn Page’s The Breakout: A Rock Opera, Michelle Danner’s The Bandit Hound, Pamela Romanowsky’s The Adderall Diaries, and the Anna Wintour-driven The First Monday in May and Disney’s 3D The Jungle Book. Read the reviews…

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AWFJ Women On Film – The Week In Women, February 5, 2010 – MaryAnn Johanson

Vanity Fair can recognize sexism and unfair treatment of women in Hollywood as long as it happened 70 years ago…

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