AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 1st to 5th: SUICIDE SQUAD

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The latest comic book adaptation to hit summer screens is David Ayer’s hyperbolic super villain extravaganza. You would have to be in a coma to miss the veritable onslaught of marketing. Whether it’s strange stories about Ayer’s directorial methodology (read: manipulation) of his cast members, or the fact that the production had an on-set therapist — the film differentiates itself with a focus on the villains of the story. Read on…

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EQUITY, INTO THE FOREST, NERVE, BAD MOMS, JASON BOURNE and Other Jluy 29 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

Equity_27X40_OS_Final_061416.indd Meera Menon’s Equity, a drama about a woman on Wall Street, steals this week’s top spot for feminist movie goers. Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest, another film about female empowerment, stars Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood as sisters struggling to survive the terrifying circumstances of a massive power outage. Nerve is a femme-centric thriller about a high school senior (Emma Roberts) who signs on to play an edgy online real-time game of truth or dare, with cash prizes and consequences. Bad Moms is a raucous comedy that misses the mark, even for restless moms in need of comic relief. And, unfortunately, Jason is not Bourne again. Plus Tallulah, Shelley, Hollywood Beauty Salon, Miss Sharon Jones and Gleason. Read the reviews>>

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CAFE SOCIETY — Review by Susan Granger

“The Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble…” but Wood Allen continues to churn out one movie each year. From classic Manhattan comedies (Annie Hall) to memorable character studies (Blue Jasmine) to stylish crime-capers (Match Point), that’s something moviegoers can count on. Set in the 1930s, this is a bittersweet coming-of-age tale, as eager, earnest Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) moves from the Bronx to Hollywood, where he goes to work for his pretentious Uncle Phil (Steve Carrell), a name-dropping, big-time talent agent. Read on…

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CLOWN — Preview by Liz Whittemore

clownEli Roth, resposible for directing and producing such chilling titles as Hostel, Cabin Fever, and Knock Knock, has brought one of the most common fears to life. Check out the trailer and box art for his latest project CLOWN, getting it’s Blu-Ray and DVD release in August. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM

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BAD MOMS –Review by Susan Granger

Believing that you’re the absolute center of your child’s universe can lead to helicopter parenting – and being a smothering mother causes incredible stress. Just ask exhausted 32 year-old Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis). Living in suburban Chicago with a man-child husband (David Walton) and two spoiled preteens (Oona Lawrence, Emjay Anthony), she’s juggling the demands of family and working with millennials at a hip coffee company. Read on…

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Kathriyn Bostic and Miriam Cutler Talk About the Alliance of Women Film Composers — Liz Whittemore Interviews

AWFC_logo_B_on_W_400x85I had the wonderful opportunity to interview two board members of the Alliance of Women Film Composers (AWFC), a group I consider to be sister to AWFJ. AWFC’s mission statement is as follows:

Through advocacy, support and education, the Alliance for Women Film Composers aims to increase the visibility of women composers active in media scoring. The AFWC advocates for the inclusion of women composers within industry events; supports filmmakers, game developers and studios in their inclusion of women composers; and educates, mentors and inspires emerging women composers.
I spoke with Kathryn Bostic and Miriam Cutler about the challenges and advantages of this unique group of women in the industry. Read more…
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AWFJ Wonder Women Are Coming! — Marilyn Ferdinand reports

Tired of waiting for the usual suspects to declare another Year of the Woman? Never fear. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists celebrates women all year every year—but especially this year! In honor of the 10th anniversary of AWFJ’s founding, we’re publishing the AWFJ Wonder Women project, an annotated list of the top 55 fictional female characters in movies from the birth of cinema to the present. Every Monday from Aug. 1 through Aug. 29, we’ll release the names of eleven fabulous women characters on our list, counting down to our members’ number one favorite. Get ready to cheer for our bevy of kickass heroines, outspoken working women, good-time gals and other unforgettable characters who comprise the AWFJ Wonder Women.
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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 24 – July 30: EQUITY

Equity_27X40_OS_Final_061416.inddOpening July 22, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Equity, the new film from Meera Menon (Farrah Goes Bang) which shines a damning light on what it means to be female in the cut-throat world of Wall Street. Read on…

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ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, HOOLIGAN SPARROW, SUMMERTIME, PINK ZONE and other July 22 Openers — Reviews by Jennifer Merin

absolutely fabulous posterAbsolutely Fabulous: The Movie, the screen adaptation of the BBC sitcom, has BFFs Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) in hilarious misadventure on the Riviera, eluding police who want for them for the disappearance and/or possible murder of fashion icon Kate Moss. Silly. Hilarious. Absolutely delightful. Hooligan Sparrow chronicles Chinese human rights activist Ye Haiyan’s dramatic protests against forced prostitution and for justice for school girls sexually assaulted by a Hainan Provence principal. First time director Nanfu Wang risked her safety to make this real reveal about women’s rights in China. For feminist drama, Catherine Corsini’s Summertime stars Cecile De France and Izïa Higelin as star-crossed lesbians working out their passionate relationship in conservative rural France. Lights Out is a femme-centric horror flick with psychological roots that twist the plot into compelling, authentically scary family drama. Pink Zone is a scary futuristic sci-fi flick in which mean girls must work together to escape a deadly virus. First time director Benjamin J. Walter wrote, directed, shot and edited Pink Zone as his thesis film for UCLA’s Directing Program. “Fight Valley” is a femme-centric actione that pins brutal woman-on-woman fighting sequences to a scant plot about a woman who joins an underground women’s fight club to find out who killed her sister. Don’t Worry Baby” is a romancedy that presents a worrisome narrative about two men who are vying for a woman’s attention, and they happen to be father and son. It’s a new take on an old theme, but the woman still serves primarily as the plot catalyst, and not entirely her own person. Read the reviews…

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OUR LITTLE SISTER — Revew by Susan Granger

Based on Akimi Yoshida’s popular graphic novel “Umimachi Diary,” Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (“Nobody Knows,” “I Wish,” “Like Father, Like Son”) has created a wistful, episodic melodrama about families. When the three twentysomething Koda sisters – Sachi, Yoshino and Chika – travel north to Yamagata for the funeral of their estranged father, they discover that they have a teenage half-sister (Suzu Hirose) from his second marriage. Read on….

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