MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 30-July 6: THE BEGUILED

motw logo 1-35With her sixth feature, director Sofia Coppola can no longer be denied the appellation of auteur… if she ever could. The lush visuals, sultry atmosphere, and almost serene sense of the sinister that infuses The Beguiled add intriguing new layers to the distinctive signature approach to cinematic storytelling Coppola has been developing since her debut with 1999’s The Virgin Suicides. 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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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 31- April 7, 2017: THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE

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The Zookeeper’s Wife is a powerful, emotional ​fact-based ​drama about both the depth of human suffering experienced during World War II and the remarkable courage and strength of character that ordinary women and men demonstrated when their friends’ and neighbors’ lives were in danger. Jessica Chastain stars as Antonina Zabinska, a warm, gentle wife, mother, and animal lover who helps her husband, Jan (Johan Heldenbergh), run the Warsaw Zoo in late-1930s Poland. Read on…

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Oscars 2017: A Compendium of AWFJ Members’ Views — Jennifer Merin reports

oscar trophyOur goal is to present a compendium of AWFJ members’ perspectives on Oscars 2017. Not surprisingly, the views vary widely from utter enthusiasm to complete dismay, with mix of meh in between. Quite a few of our members opted out of the project, claiming awards burn out, indicating frustrations with the Academy’s new press procedures and/or stating that this year’s entire awards campaign and media buildup was either too political or not political enough. Read what Jeanne Wolf, Susan Wloszczyna, Moira Sullivan, Diana Saenger, Sheila Roberts, Nell Minow, Brandy McDonnell, Michelle McCue, Karen Martin, Kimberly Lindbergs, Leba Hertz, Candice Frederick, Marilyn Ferdinand, Chaz Ebert, Katherine Brodsky, Liz Braun, Betsy Bozdech and Erica Abeel have to say about Oscar 2017 on AWARDS INTELLIGENCER…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 6 to 12: HIDDEN FIGURES

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1: BLACK OR WHITE

Opening Jan. 30, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Black or White, which reunites star Kevin Costner with writer/director Mike Binder (Man About Town, Reign Over Me) a decade after The Upside of Anger. Here, Costner takes the role of Elliot Anderson, a recently widowed lawyer who finds himself drawn into a brutal custody battle for his (mixed-race) granddaughter Eloise (newcomer Jillian Estell), who he has helped raise since her mother died during childbirth and her drug addict father proved incapable, Going up against Eloise’s iron-willed paternal grandmother Rowena (Octavia Spencer), Elliot must pull himself together and use his professional arsenal if he is to keep hold of the only family he has left. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Jan. 12-16: PADDINGTON

Opening Jan. 16, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Paddington, the live action adaptation of the beloved children’s stories by Michael Bond. Written and directed by Paul King (TV’s The Mighty Boosh, Bunny and the Bull), the film combines his irreverent sense of humour with the books’ inherent charm to entirely wonderful effect. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Oct. 27-Nov. 2: NIGHTCRAWLER

Opening Oct. 31, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Nightcrawlerthe blistering directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy (The Fall, The Bourne Legacy). Gilroy also penned this rapid-fire satire in which the unending demands of the 24 hour news cycle are the catalyst for some seriously questionable behaviour from those who report it. One such man is former drifter – and confirmed sociopath – Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) who, after accidentally discovering his natural talent for nocturnal crime journalism, trawls the dark streets of LA searching for increasingly salacious content to satisfy network news boss Nina (Rene Russo). Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 25-31: THE CONGRESS

The CongressOpening Aug. 29, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Congress, from visionary writer-director Ari Folman, whose 2008 animated film Waltz with Bashir was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. The Congress, based on Solaris author Stainslav Lem’s The Futurological Congress, combines live action and animation to present a unique premise set in a world in the not-too-distant future. It stars Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Paul Giamatti, and Jon Hamm. Wright, playing a version of herself, accepts a deal brokered by her loyal, longtime agent (Keitel) whereby her digital image will be controlled by one studio for use in any films of their choice, in perpetuity. The compensation allows her to care for her ailing son, but her decision has unforeseen consequences. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 9-15: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

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Opening June 13, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is How to Train Your Dragon 2, the epic second chapter in a planned trilogy that returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. This time around the inseparable duo must protect the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago. New cast members Kit Harington, Cate Blanchett and Djimon Honsou join the original cast—Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, and Kristen Wiig in this rousing follow up based on the novels by Cressida Cowell. Read on…

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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 – Jodie Foster on “The Beaver” – Jeanne Wolfe interviews

Does Mel Gibson’s performance make up for his controversial behavior? Jeanne Wolf got surprising answers from Jodie Foster. Plus, see extended scenes from “The Beaver” that haven’t been shown anywhere else. Watch the interview

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AWFJ Women On Film – Memories of Elizabeth Taylor – Jeanne Wolf comments

“I hope you laugh” is what stays in my mind. Read more>>

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Women On Film – Dakota Fanning – Jeanne Wolf interviews

The adorable Dakota Fanning is growing up. The go-to child star has made her move into bona fide teenage roles — and she’s more than ready to go beyond her usual sweet and innocent side in the sci-fi thriller Push. She swears, has a brief drunk scene and carries a gun. Read more>>

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