THEIR FINEST — Review by Martha K. Baker

Their Finest is a nicknamed title for this movie history. It whispers of Winston Churchill’s history, entitled Their Finest Hour, and cuts into the title of Lissa Evans’ novel on which Gaby Chiappe based, Their Finest Hour and a Half. That title suggests whimsy, but the movie exceeds persiflage. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 24 – 31, 2017: THEIR FINEST

motw logo 1-35Mix a few dashes of “Argo,” a smidge of “Monuments Men” (admittedly, there’s not all that much worth taking), and a hearty dollop of “Hope and Glory,” and you’ll start to get an idea of what to expect from “Their Finest.” This World War II-set romantic dramedy follows a scrappy group of British filmmakers/propagandists who find themselves scrambling to make a morale-boosting movie based on an inspiring true story … sort of. Read on…

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THE RIOT CLUB and other March 27, 2015 openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

the riot club poster 160If the degrading upper-class louts in The Riot Club, Oxford University’s completely elitist (and entirely fictitious) secret society, have anything to do with tomorrow’s real life leaders, we’re in trouble. Lone Scherfig’s well-made cinematic adaptation of Laura Wade’s play will make you wince, as well you should. Also opening, Susanne Bier’s Serena, Amy S. Weber’s A Girl Like Her,” Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, and Dave Boyle’s Man From Reno. And, on March 31, there’s To Write Love On Her Arms, an inspiring biopic about Renee Yohe, a 19-year-old whose struggles to overcome addiction, depression and other life-impairing difficulties lead to the creation of TWLOHA.com, the nonprofit help group. Read my reviews…

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AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing October 7 and 9, 2009

AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

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AWFJ Women On Film – October Film Preview – Jennifer Merin

October’s movies offer an array of treats, including Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut and an investigation into the industry of African American hair care led by Chris Rock. And, for the biggest shot of controversy, watch out for Lone Scherfig’s “An Education,” opening Oct. 9. Read more>>

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