THE HOUSE — Review by Susan Granger

A strong contender for the Worst Picture of the Year, this new Will Ferrell/Amy Poehler comedy fails on almost every level. Continue reading…

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SPOTLIGHT May, 2015: Shira Piven, Director, WELCOME TO ME

awfjspotlightsmallsmallshirapiven1This month’s choice for AWFJ’s SPOTLIGHT is director Shira Piven, sister of Entourage’s Jeremy Piven and daughter of the esteemed Chicago-based actors and instructors Byrne and Joyce Piven. Her second feature, Welcome to Me, opens on May 1. The femme-centric dramedy, starring Kristen Wiig, is about a mentally unstable woman who uses her millions in lottery winnings to buy her own TV talk show. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, with Variety calling it “startlingly inspired” and “breezily bonkers.” Read on…

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GET HARD – Review by Susan Granger

get hard poster160When fabulously wealthy hedge-fund manager, James King (Will Ferrell) faces a 10 year prison term after being convicted on 76 counts of fraud and embezzlement, he hires Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart), an African-American car-washer whom he assumes is an ex-con, to toughen him up for what lies ahead. Steadfastly maintaining his innocence, Harvard-educated King has just been made partner at the Los Angeles investment firm run by Martin (Craig T. Nelson), and he’s has a sexy, gold-digging fiancée, Alissa (Alison Brie), who gets John Mayer to serenade him at their engagement party. Read on…

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AWFJ Women On Film – “Land of The Lost” – Susan Granger reviews

Before damning this big-screen parody with a paucity of praise, it has to be acknowledged that the original 1970s NBC-TV Saturday morning children’s show was pretty stupid. (If you doubt the cheesiness, rent a couple of episodes to verify.)

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