AFTERNOON OF A FAUN: TANAQUIL LE CLERCQ – Review by Jennifer Merin

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Filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s thrilling dance documentary is laced with all of the glamour, romance and tragedy that shaped prima ballerina Tanaquil Le Clerq’s life and short but brilliant career. And it gives you the wonderful and unforgettable experience of seeing Tanny dance. Read more>>

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MONUMENTS MEN – Review by Susan Granger

Originally intended for Academy Awards consideration, this earnest WW II docudrama-like escapade falls far short of Oscar-caliber. Read on…

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Airbender” – Review by Susan Granger

Don’t even consider seeing this live-action fantasy-adventure unless a) you’ve been watching the animated Nickelodeon television series, or b) someone with you is familiar with the storyline. Otherwise, it makes absolutely no sense, except that it’s obviously the first chapter in a hoped-for future franchise.

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Twilight: Eclipse” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

The Twilight saga depends on Bella not deciding, not resolving, and above all, not moving on. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Robin Hood” – Review by Susan Granger

Bid farewell to fond fantasies of Robin and his Merry Men romping through Sherwood Forest. Re-teaming with his “Gladiator” star Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott has envisioned a grim, un-romantic ‘origin’ tale serving as a prequel to the classic folklore, explaining why and how orphaned archer Robin Longstride became England’s legendary outlaw.

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AWFJ Women On Film -”Behind The Burly Q” – Review by Jennifer Merin

Filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis’ insider look at burlesque’s sisterhood of strippers is smart, sassy, charming and revealing! Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Back-up Plan” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

The pregnancy = lunacy gimmick produces a load of jokes, some slapsticky, others just obnoxious. But whether she’s slipping in mud or panting with hormones-induced desire, La Lopez is reduced here to shabby comedy, a few steps below even the frothy-ish fare of Maid in Manhattan. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Back-Up Plan” – Review by Susan Granger

It’s fortunate that Jennifer Lopez has her own back-up plan as a pop singer because her taste in romantic comedies reeks of formulaic and stale.

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Losers ” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Aisha exists to make sure you know Clay is heterosexual — useful in a leader of a pack of men on their own, men who’ve shared long, intimate hours in jungles and war zones. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Kids Grow Up” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

What’s most complicated and surprising in Doug Block’s The Kids Grow Up is the delicate, remarkably flexible tension between surface and experience. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Joneses” – Review by Susan Granger

It’s a brilliant premise but wretchedly executed as German-born, American-educated Derrick Borte, who co-wrote the script with Randy T. Dinzler, takes the materialistic idea of “Keeping up with the Joneses” to a whole new level.

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Death At A Funeral” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

The movie wastes no time getting down to business: LSD jokes, barren women jokes, sex jokes, naked in public jokes, midget jokes, and poop jokes. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Death at a Funeral” – Review by Susan Granger

There’s a universality and timelessness to losing a loved one and the ritual of grief, which is why the idea of transferring the concept of this droll British comedy of manners into an African-American family situation must seemed so appealing.

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Kick-Ass” – Review by Susan Granger

Make no mistake: this is an ultra-violent, R-rated action fantasy, adapted from a graphic novel that’s an irreverent, wish-fulfillment riff on superheroes and aimed at a specific, comic-book crazed audience. Even though I don’t consider myself part of that niche group, I can see where – for the enlightened – it could be gory, depraved fun.

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Blessed is the Match” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

It’s not hard to see why Blessed Is the Match relies on Hannah Senesh’s own word about her role: charismatic, self-aware, and determined to change history, she writes herself into it.

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Have You Heard From Johannesburg” – Review by Jennifer Merin

Connie Field’s comprehensive and galvanizing seven-film, eight and a half hour documentary series about the defeat of Apartheid in South Africa is finished and ready for viewing, and it is a must see for anyone who’s interested in world politics and current affairs, and the art and process of documentary filmmaking. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Thorn In The Heart” – Review by Jennifer Merin

While watching Michel Gondry’s documentary about his Aunt Suzette, you feel like a guest who’s been invited to a family dinner but doesn’t quite fit in. You don’t feel uncomfortable, but you question why you’re there and wonder how long the event will last. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Thorn in the Heart” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

The film watches mother and son looking back, their interconnected but also disparate processes made visible in interviews, home movies, and reenactments. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Review by Susan Granger

It’s rare that a movie totally captures the essence of an international best-seller, particularly a grim, suspenseful thriller, but this Swedish screen adaptation of the first novel in Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy” succeeds on all levels.

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Clash of the Titans” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Greek gods make lousy dads. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “The Last Song ” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

The movie underlines what’s perennially frustrating about the industry: devotion to repetition rather than innovation, to profits as a measure of success, and to crossover product management as a means to that success. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “How To Train Your Dragon” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Hiccup is particularly moved by Astrid, whom he envisions in slow motion from a low impressive angle, blond hair blowing and sword utterly massive. < href="http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/123030-how-to-train-your-dragon/" trget="new">Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Bluebeard” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Meat. It makes for a particular cinematic experience when Marie-Catherine (Lola Créton) sits down to eat some with her betrothed. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Bulletproof Salesman” – Review by Cynthia Fuchs

Contemplating his status as a war profiteer, armored vehicle salesman Fidelis Cloer is at once practical and philosophical. Read more>>

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Hubble 3D” – Movie Review by Jennifer Merin

The seven astronauts on the Hubble mission are heroic characters. But even more compelling is the extraordinarily beautiful footage — shot by an astronaut with an IMAX camera or through the eyes of Hubble — that takes us on awesome exploratory voyages into outer space. Hubble 3D is a thrill ride from start to finish. Read more>>

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