KIDNAP — Review by Susan Granger

Karla Dyson (Halle Berry) is devoted to her six year-old son Frankie (Sage Correa). A single mother, she works as a waitress in a New Orleans-area diner and spends all of her free time with her boy. While Frankie’s playing at a nearby amusement park, Karla steps away to take an important phone call from her attorney; apparently, her ex-husband is suing for sole custody. When she looks up, Frankie’s gone. Continue reading…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Disney Does Better, Women’s History Month, Women Influencers and more — Brandy McDonnell Comments

????????Disney Animation’s Zootopia set records at box office, but the film’s success is about so much more than impressive numbers. With the upcoming release of Captain America: Civil War, there are signs that Disney’s Marvel Studios is finally doing a better job of acknowledging the power of women and girls. The National Film Board of Canada will allot half of its production spending to female-directed films. New roles for Halle Berry, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Amanda Seyfried and lists of 20 women making a difference in Hollywood and movies to watch for Women’s History Month. Read more on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Top Five Cinema Female Psyche Distortions and the ‘Isotta Fraschini’ Syndrome – Quendrith Johnson comments

MaggieGyllenhaal-234x300Ever since Maggie Gyllenhaal went public with the fact that she lost a role, at 37, as a love interest for a 55-year-old leading male because she was “too old,” the internet lit up with shock. But why should we be surprised? Disparity in casting leading men and women has been around since the Silent Era. So has a distorted view of the female psyche on film. Not only a distortion as to who and what women represent, but how the props, set dressing, costumes, conspire with the script, even the director, to really hammer the point home. Read on…

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Frankie & Alice” – Susan Granger reviews

Academy Award winner Halle Berry stars in this all-too-familiar melodrama about a troubled woman with multiple personalities but what makes it unique is that one of her personas is a bigoted white Southern woman.

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