LADY BIRD — Review by Susan Granger

Actress/screenwriter Greta Gerwig makes an auspicious directorial debut with this perceptive coming-of-age dramedy, chronicling the tempestuous bond between a teenager and her mother. Continue reading…

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TIFF 2017: Of Evil Mothers, Courageous Women and Oscars Buzz!– Julide Tanriverdi reports

tiff logoActresses showed impressive range in a variety of roles at this year’s TIFF. Sure, people were talking about the incredible performance of Gary Oldman in The Darkest Hour as Winston Churchill during during the festival. After all that’s what one does during a 10 day long festival – talk movies and performances. We can all agree more or less that we can mark a big X in the yet to be released Oscar nominations for Best Actor Oldman. But more often than not, the true rage at TIFF 17 was about great Oscar buzz-generating performances by women in a wide variety of movies. Continue reading…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Latest on Patty Jenkins, Saoirse Ronan, Reese Witherspoon and Annie Clark aka St. Vincent — Brandy McDonnell reports

Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is set to direct a new version of Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray, starring a woman in the title role. Saoirse Ronan takes on the title role in Mary, Queen of Scots, opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth. Reese Witherspoon talks rom com evolution as represented by her latest, Home Again, the directorial debut Hallie Meyers-Shyer, daughter of acclaimed director Nancy Meyers. And, Patty Jenkins is upping the income ante on Wonder Woman II, following the first film’s mega box office success. Read details on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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TWIW: Academy’s Diversity Booster, plus Viola Davis, Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and more — Brandy McDonnell comments

The Academy’s Cheryl Boone Isaac??????????????? has announced “a sweeping series of substantive changes” to boost diversity, including a commitment to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020, but can the Oscars truly change unless Hollywood changes, too? Viola Davis addresses diversity issues in television and film. Saoirse Ronan and Alicia Vikander take on new roles and a tribute to Oscar-winning screenwriter Frances Marion. Read more in THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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MISS YOU ALREADY, TRUMBO, SPOTLIGHT, SPECTRE and other November 6 openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

miss you already poster copyDon’t miss Miss You Already, a moving drama about lasting friendship between two women. Skip The Outskirts, a film that casts teenage girls as bullies. Trumbo and Spotlight, two superb truth-based narratives that put mainstream media under scrutiny, feature fine female performances — by Diane Lane and Helen Mirren in Trumbo, and by Cate Blanchett in Spotlight. SPECTRE draws on past James Bond plots, introduces new spy gadgets and continues agent antics in a way that’s appealingly spoofy — but women are still foils for Bond’s fancies. Brooklyn stars Saoirse Ronan as an Irish woman who immigrates to America to find a better life, but finds herself torn between the land of opportunity and her homeland. Read the reviews…

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