I AM YOURS (JEG ER DIN) – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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Mina is a 20something single mother in Oslo, coping with some of the trials and tribulations of any young woman in her position. Her career — she’s trying to be an actress — isn’t going so well, and of course there is the never-ending quest for a decent boyfriend. In the romance arena, it appears that Mina may be her own worst enemy. Is it because she is running so hard and so fast from the traditional life that her Pakistani immigrant parents want for her that she is making choices that backfire on her and end up making her less happy, not more? Read more>>

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DOM HEMINGWAY – Review by Susan Granger

In this British black comedy/crime drama, Jude law plays the hot-tempered, self-destructive titular character, a notorious London safecracker who gets into trouble as soon as he’s released from 12 years in prison. Because he refused to rat on his Russian boss, he’s expecting a generous reward. After relishing three days of utter debauchery with his meditative mate Dickie (Richard E. Grant), they take the train to the south of France, outside of St. Tropez, to visit the posh, countryside villa that belongs to Mr. Fontaine (Demian Bichir), who gives him three-quarters of a million pounds in cash. Read on…

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Filmmaker Anne Aghion Talks MY NEIGHBOR, MY KILLER and Documentary Impact – Jennifer Merin Interviews

anneaghion2cropped In this exclusive one-on-one interview, filmmaker Anne Aghion discusses the making of My Neighbor, My Killer, her highly acclaimed and impactful documentary about the Rwanda genocide, and why she considers nonfiction filmmaking to be an important and socially formative art form. Concurrent with memorials marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide, My Neighbor, My Killer is streaming worldwide for 30 days, starting April 7, on MUBI.com. Read more>>

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 7-11: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

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For this week’s pick, AWFJ Movie of the Week panelists found Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive to be deeply romantic, stylishly delicious, hilarious, gloriously photographed, sublime and a bitingly perfect fresh take on a worn out genre.

All that, plus superb performances by Tilda Swinton and Tim Hiddleston as stunningly humane vampire soul mates who face the extinction of their species due to the toxic contamination of their essential and no longer pure liquid of life. This brilliant film infuses the vampire genre with new life, however, and will surely last through the ages. Read on…

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UNDER THE SKIN – Review by Kristy Puchko

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In the chilling science-fiction thriller Under The SkinThe Avengers‘ Scarlett Johansson plays a black widow of another kind. She’s an extraterrestrial predator. With a camouflage of plump red lips, snug fitting acid washed jeans, a curvy figure and a battered van, she trolls the streets of Scotland looking for would-be lovers. But when she lures them back to her lair, these men discover they are just fresh meat in the literal sense. On its surface, this feature is a slick and sick bit of horror. But under the skin it is a lesson in rape culture targeted specifically at men.

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April 2014 Movies Preview, Part One – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

April 4 brings a bundle of wonderful openings: Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin is on the prowl in Glasgow, looking for men to devour. Gina Carrano, starring in In the Blood, kicks ass to find and save her husband who disappears during their blissful Caribbean honeymoon. “The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden” is another island thriller about an unsolved mystery of missing persons, and it’s all true. That’s for starters. For details about these and other early April openers, read more>>

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20 FEET FROM STARDOM – Review by Jennifer Merin

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Morgan Neville’s Oscar-winning music documentary follows the ups and downs in the careers of several exceptionally talented backup singers, and gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what their lives are like after the show. The backup singers — including Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and others — speak frankly about their aspirations and disappointments. Most of them are women! They’re gifts are acknowledged by the likes of Bette Midler and Bruce Springsteen, among others. But of their number, Darlene Love is the only one to step into the center stage spotlight. The documentary delivers great rock and soul! Read more>>

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SABOTAGE – Review by Susan Granger

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays John “Breacher” Wharton, veteran leader of a dauntless squad of grubby undercover DEA agents, who discovers, after effectively hiding the 10 million dollars they skimmed off after a massive raid of the “money room” at a Mexican drug cartel safe house, that someone has heisted the cash which was hidden inside a sewer line, leaving a single bullet in its place. During the subsequent official inquiry by the FBI, they’re all suspended from duty. Read on…

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LE WEEK-END – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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Nick and Meg have been married a long time. We’re not sure how long, as Le Week-end opens with them on the train from London to Paris for a getaway, but the practiced ease of their togetherness, all reflexive sniping and easy intimacy, is plain. You know these people… but you don’t see them in movies often. Apart from the simple pleasure of spending cinematic time with intriguing yet realistic people exploring the conundrums of life in an engaging and sympathetic way, we have here the pleasure of seeing a couple of fresh, funny 60somethings having little adventures — Meg comes up with a rather daring one — enjoying the world, and trying to figure out their places in it. Read more>>

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER – Review by Susan Granger

Marvel’s new cinematic adventure not only continues the superhero saga but also plunges into a Cold War conspiracy which could deliver covert technology into the hands of an enemy agent. Set two years after The Avengers alien attack in New York, U.S. Army Officer Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) becomes a target when he makes a discovery that could endanger the entire planet. Read on…

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