DAMSEL — Review by Martha K. Baker

Never lose sight of the title of this weird Western. Just when you think Damsel is about the character named Samuel Alabaster, the focus shifts to Penelope, his intended bride. Samuel is rich and forceful. He has a ring for his fiancee and he has brought her a gift, a miniature horse named Butterscotch. Continue reading…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 23 – May 29: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

AliceThroughTheLookingGlass posterOpening May 27, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Alice Through the Looking Glass, which sees Alice (Mia Wasikowska) return to the whimsical Wonderland and travel back in time to save her friend, The Mad Hatter (Johnnie Depp) Read on…

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CRIMSON PEAK – Preview by Liz Whittemore

Crimson-Peak-poster-200x300With Guillermo del Toro‘s fascination for Gothic horror, Crimson Peak should be right up his aesthetic alley, along with his other iconic films Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. While del Toro has also delved into the sci-fi and comic book world with the Hellboy films (soon to be a trilogy) and Blade II, his eye for fantasy and horror is really his forte. Judging from the recently released trailer, Crimson Peak promises to be a great addition to del Toro’s filmography. Read more and watch the trailer>>

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Feb. 23-March 1: MAPS TO THE STARS

Opening Feb. 27, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Maps to the Starsthe new film from director David Cronenberg (Videodrome, Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars). The screenplay by Bruce Wagner (Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills) takes a deeply satirical look at the inner workings of the LA film industry. Mia Wasikowska takes the role of Agatha, a new arrival in Hollywood, who finds herself working as a personal assistant to the unhinged actress Havana (Julianne Moore), who is haunted by the ghost of her dead mother and never far away from a complete breakdown. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 15-21: TRACKS

tracks posterOpening Sept. 19, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Tracks, an exquisitely filmed, fact-based adventure that is iconic in its validation of one woman’s dreams and determination. Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who set out on a nine-month journey across Australia’s expansive desert, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, with only her dog and four camels. Based on Davidson’s eponymous memoir, the film co-stars Adam Driver as a National Geographic photographer—and on-again, off-again romantic interest—who documents her journey. With its breathtaking cinematography and inspirational story, Tracks, is a richly satisfying cinematic experience. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 19-25: TRACKS

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Opening May 23, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Tracks, an exquisitely filmed, fact-based adventure that is iconic in its validation of one woman’s dreams and determination. Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who set out on a nine-month journey across Australia’s expansive desert, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, with only her dog and four camels. Based on Davidson’s eponymous memoir, the film co-stars Adam Driver as a National Geographic photographer—and on-again, off-again romantic interest—who documents her journey. With its breathtaking cinematography and inspirational story, Tracks, is a richly satisfying cinematic experience. In limited release, wider in September. Read on…

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Jane Eyre” – Susan Granger reviews

Charlotte Bronte’s 1847 novel has often been called the archetypal Victorian romance, so you have to give 33 year-old director Cary Joji Fukunaga (“Sin Nombre”) credit for breathing new life into a story that’s already been filmed at least 18 times, dating back to a 1910 silent movie, and nine made-for-television versions.

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