SPOTLIGHT April 2018: Lynne Ramsey, Glaswegian, Director of YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

LYNNE RAMSAY HEAD 1Writer/director Lynne Ramsay is yet another confirmation that Scotland is one of the coolest places on the planet for cultivating artists. Ramsay has created a multi-hyphenate career as writer, director, producer, and cinematographer. A number of distinguished film world insiders have called her one of the greatest living filmmakers. As evidenced by her career and loyal fans, it appears that she stands squarely in the middle of those Scots who don’t suffer fools, and for better or worse, dance to their own drums. Continue reading…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Dec. 8-14: INHERENT VICE

Opening Dec. 12, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Inherent Vice, the latest work from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master). An adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel – Anderson being a self-confessed mega fan of the author – the film reunites Anderson with his Master star Joaquin Phoenix, who here takes the lead role of cop Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello. Working in LA in 1970, Sportello is fuelled – like most of the city – by a heady mix of drink and drugs, and finds himself rather over his head while investigating the disappearance of ex-girlfriend Shasta (ethereal newcomer Karen Waterston). Read on…

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52nd New York Film Festival: Provocation and Pleasure – Rania Richardson Comments

Many of the films in the recently concluded 52nd New York Film Festival will fill theaters, fuel discussions, and collect awards for months to come. Topping the list is Citizenfour, a late edition to the tightly edited festival’s main slate of 31 features. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 12-18: THE IMMIGRANT

ImmigrantOpening May 16, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Immigrant, a compelling 1920s period drama with strong feminist overtones from director James Gray. Marion Cotillard and Angela Sarafyan star as Polish sisters who emigrate to New York in search of a fresh start and the American dream. When they reach Ellis Island, doctors discover that Magda (Sarafyan) is ill, and the two women are separated. Ewa (Cotillard) is released onto the mean streets of Manhattan while her sister is quarantined. Joaquin Phoenix plays a charming but wicked man who takes advantage of Ewa’s plight and forces her into prostitution. Hope comes in the form of a dashing stage magician, played by Jeremy Renner. Read on…

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