SPOTLIGHT July 2017: Claire McCarthy, Filmmaker, OPHELIA

awfjspotlightsmallsmallclaire mccarthy 2Outside Oz, Australian filmmaker Claire McCarthy is known primarily for her 2009 film The Waiting City, starring Radha Mitchell and Joel Edgerton as a couple in disarray as they travel to India to take delivery of a child they have adopted. But McCarthy’s broader filmography even more forcefully underscores why she is the perfect director for the upcoming Ophelia project, Hamlet retold from the perspective of Shakespeare’s iconically tragic ingenue as played by Daisy Ridley. As Michelle Hannett reported from Cannes in May, the film is one of the most highly anticipated for 2018 release. Continue reading…

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45 YEARS, STAR WARS 7, SON OF SAUL, SISTERS, and other December 18-30 Openers — Reviews by Jennifer Merin

45years posterCharlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay give glowing performances in 45 Years, a drama about managing a marriage through a time of mistrust and crisis. Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes off with a new heroine played by Daisy Ridley. Son of Saul provides an intimate look at the struggle for survival and for saving faith in a Nazi death camp. Sisters stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as sibs who want to make the most of their last visit to their childhood home before it is sold to new owners. Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next explores the wide world for aspects of the American dream that have been realized in other nations, but not our own. Joy stars Jennifer Lawrence as a beleaguered wife and mother who invents a new and prosperous life for herself. Read the reviews…

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SISTERS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

sistersposter Hooray. Yay. Yes. This. So much this. Women behaving badly. Women refusing to grow up. I mean, I would love it if The Movies reverted back to the days of Bringing Up Baby and The Thin Man, with men and women actually believing that 40something is cool, and dressing for dinner and having cocktails at six and solving mysteries and secretly aiding the resistance and such. But if that’s not going to happen, and movies are going to be overpopulated by manchildren playing video games and ogling women and wallowing in haphazard celebrations of adolescent testosterone, then it’s only fair that women get equal time and aren’t expected to be the responsible ones while men have their fun. Read more>>

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