Kristen Stewart on Personal Transformation and PERSONAL SHOPPER — Loren King interviews

kristen stewartThe megastar of the Twilight franchise when she was barely out of her teens is now a respected indie actress with a prodigious output. Last year alone, she won praise for roles in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, and Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, and directed a short film, Come Swim. Oh, and she hosted Saturday Night Live, delivering an opening monologue that affirmed her coming out, while also skewering her own tabloid fame. Read more>>

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Top Female Performances @ New York Film Festival 2016 — Liz Whittemore reports

nyff-54-previewWoman were out in  full force at this year’s festival. From directors like Ava DuVernay, Kelly Reichardt, Alison Maclean, Maren Ade, and Mia Hansen-Løve in the Main Slate section alone, to the star studded Hollywood performers we’ve come to love and respect throughout the years. Tackling subjects such as grief, injustice, rape culture, loneliness, fear and self actualization, this year’s selections were a strong representation of the complexities of  the female gender.  Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 10 – October 14: CERTAIN WOMEN

certain-women-poster-copyKelly Reichardt’s body of work, River of Grass (1994), Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010); and Night Moves (2013) has established her as a major American cineaste. Her latest film, Certain Women, maintains her masterful, yet quiet trajectory. The film, based on a series of short stories from Maile Meloy, features a remarkable quartet of women including Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and newcomer Lily Gladstone. Set against the small town vistas of the American Northwest, captured in bone-dry beauty by Reichardt’s longtime cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt, Certain Women shares with her earlier films the same attention to truth, mediated by plainspoken compassion and humility. Read on…

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AMERICAN ULTRA – Review by Susan Granger

This deranged action comedy has two things going for it: Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) and Kristen Stewart (“The Twilight Saga”). They’ll probably account for more box-office clout that this dreadful stoner dirge deserves. Read on…

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CLOUD OF SILS MARIA, EX MACHINA and Other Movies Opening April 10 – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

Clouds of Sils Maria is a must-see. In it French film auteur Olivier Assayas provides an illuminating and sensitive look at three complex and highly theatrical women, each at a different phase of life. Juliette Binoche plays an acclaimed actress whose career has started to fade. Kristen Stewart is her patient but put-upon assistant. Chloe Grace Moretz is an ingénue on the rise, bolstered by her pop culture social media popularity. Despite their differences, the three women are all struggling for direction and the actresses portray them with daringly honest performances. Stewart’s performance won her France’s coveted César Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film’s cinematic qualities are awesome. Read more…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 6-12: CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA

Opening April 10, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Clouds of Sils Maria, the new drama from French writer-director Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, Paris je t’aime). Taking the lead is the incomparable Juliette Binoche, who stars as successful veteran actress Maria Enders. At the height of her fame, Maria is asked to take part in a revival of the movie that shot her to stardom; not in her original role as ingenue, however, but as the story’s duped matron. Read on…

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Kristen Stewart’s César Reboots Her Career – Quendrith Johnson reports

kstewcesarcroppedsmallKristen Stewart is the first American in 30 years to be nominated, let alone score a César, or “French Oscar,” for Clouds of Sils Maria. But this historic first-ever win for an American, technically in a Supporting Role, merely scratches the surface of how Stewart ascended from the massively popular Twilight franchise to become this year’s actress most beloved by the notoriously insular French Academy. Read on..

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