Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016: Feminist Programming — Jennifer Merin reports

This year’s admirably programmed Human Rights Watch Film Festival, presenting 18 films focused on human rights issues worldwide, is scheduled to take place from June 10 to 19, with screenings at the Lincoln Center Film Society and IFC Center. The festival program also screens in more than 20 cities throughout the calendar year. This year, of the 18 programmed films, eleven directly concern issues related to the rights of women and girls, and 10 if them are directed or co-directed by women. Read more>>

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Etheria Film Night: Female Filmmakers take note! — Liz Whittemore reports

Etheria Film Night bannerEtheria Film Night is an annual showcase screening of a progressive slate of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, show runners, distributors, and genre fans.  Women want to make exciting, provocative, entertaining, fantastic, and terrifying films. Etheria puts the women directors who want to make genre films and TV in front of the people who want to hire them. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM…

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DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID, LAST CAB TO DARWIN, GERMANS & JEWS and more June 10 Openers — Reviews by Jennifer Merin

chambermaid posterDiary of a Chambermaid, starring Lea Seydoux as the 19th century woman trying to escape her exploitative employers, has contemporary resonance. In Last Cab to Darwin, a seasoned Aussie taxi driver, diagnosed with terminal cancer, is guided on his final drive by three strong and compassionate women. Janina Quint’s documentary, Germans & Jews, looks at the contemporary social and political relationship between two groups of people with a devastating history. ‎Call Her Applebroog is filmmaker Beth B.’s intimate documentary about her mother, renowned artist Ida Applebroog. Documentarian Erin Bagwell’s Dream, Girl follows the careers of several leading female entrepreneurs and influencers who serve as inspiration to other women. Read the reviews….

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MAGGIE’S PLAN — Review by Susan Granger

Writer/director Rebecca Miller was obviously trying to make a screwball romantic comedy, set in New York, but the result is tepid from beginning to end. Realizing that her biological clock is ticking, ditsy, self-absorbed Maggie Hardin (Greta Gerwig) longs for a child. That’s why she’s requested sperm for artificial insemination from Guy (Travis Fimmel), her husky, brainy, former college classmate who’s starting a pickle business in Brooklyn. Read more…

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MARK OF THE WITCH — Review by Liz Whittemore

witchTastes great. But it’s less than filling. Jason Bognacki’s Mark of the Witch is a glorious feast for the eyes but, despite its clever release date of 6/6/16, it left me feeling rather empty. Find out why in my review, to be found in its entirely on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: ZOOTOPIA comes home, Paul Feig on GHOSTBUSTERS backlash, MARY POPPINS sequel and more -Brandy McDonnell reports

zootopia posterWomen’s Week news roundup, covering the arrival of Zootopia on DVD and Blu-ray, Paul Feig response to all the Ghostbusters Ghostbusters’ backlash, Mary Poppins is set to return in a sequel, and Elizabeth Banks hands over the helm on Pitch Perfect 3 to pursue familial duties. Read more in THE WEEK IN WOMEN…

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NOW YOU SEE ME 2 — Review by Susan Granger

I love magic and stage illusion, which is why I so enjoyed Now You See Me (2013). But – poof! Most of that’s gone from this shallow, often incoherent sequel. The previous thriller introduced an elusive team of rogue tricksters, known as the Four Horsemen. There’s renowned illusionist J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg). Wearing a pork-pie hat, Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) is a master hypnotist. Flipping a deck of cards, Jack Wilder (Dave Franco) specializes in street magic and sleight-of-hand. Read on…

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EQUITY — Review by Martha P. Nochimson

equity movie posterEquity, directed by Meera Menon and written by Amy Fox, starring Anna Gunn, is an economic fable for our times, with the punch and cultural insight of The Big Short, without the faux celebrity razzle dazzle of The Wolf of Wall Street, and with much greater freshness than either. It’s a movie by and about women in the upper echelons of investment banking and the drinking, sex, and wheels and deals this entails that propels independent production with a female perspective to new heights of achievement. Read the full review in EYE ON MEDIA

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 6 – June 12: NOW YOU SEE ME 2

rsz_now_you_see_me_2_posterOpening June 10, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Now You See Me 2, the sequel to 2013′s hit film which saw a team of master illusionists pull off audacious bank heists during their performances and share the proceeds with their audiences Read on…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Film Editor Carol Littleton Take on ET and Feminism — Brandy McDonnell reports

Carol LittletonIn the eight years she worked in the film industry before landing the job as editor on Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Carol Littleton dealt with both sexism and nepotism. But she refused to give up on her interesting moviemaking career. “I’ve never been militant about being feminist, but I am, and I have found ways to work as a woman in the film industry that was, certainly when I started, primarily men. I’ve worked in a man’s world the whole time, and I’ve just learned to be very patient, be very clear about how I see things and not be belligerent. That doesn’t get anybody anywhere.” Read more in THE WEEK IN WOMAN

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