TRAINWRECK – Review by Susan Granger

Confession: I had never seen Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, so her earthy brand of brash humor was, at first, a bit unnerving. Her culturally relevant, confessional comedy has no limits: nothing is too intimate or inappropriate for her to say – or write – in this raunchy, role-reversal rom-com. Her story begins with a flashback, as their philandering father (Colin Quinn) informs young Amy Townsend and her little sister why he and their mother are divorcing, having them repeat: “Monogamy isn’t realistic.” Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 13-19: THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT

Opening July 17, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Stanford Prison Experimentthe dramatisation of events which occurred at Stanford University in 1971. Professor Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup, Almost Famous) cast 24 of his students in the roles of prisoners and guards in a mocked up prison in the university’s basement; an experiment to examine human behaviour under such circumstances. Despite the students’ initial camaraderie, it doesn’t take long for them for friendships to break down and extreme behaviours to emerge. Read on…

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: AMY Doc, MINIONS, Comic Con and AMPAS – Brandy McDonnell comments

Asif Kapadia’s compelling new documentary “Amy” truly takes our entire culture to task, revealing inherent sexism that women face in their everyday lives, sexism that only intensifies when women dare to pursue careers as artists or become famous – even when, as seems to be the case with Amy Winehouse, they don’t really desire their celebrity status. Plus, more women characters for better female cosplay at Comic Con, women ascend to the Board of Directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and isn’t it odd that there are no women Minions? Read The Week In Women…

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ANT-MAN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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Marvel’s tiniest hero! Now starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s smallest movie so far. Also it’s most run-of-the-mill movie so far. This was bound to happen eventually. There are only so many ways you can take a guy — always a guy! — who’s a little bit messed up but basically a decent fellow who just needs a little redemption to set him on the right road, expose him to a little magical mad science, give him a special suit to run around in, and set him loose on the bad guys. Read more>>

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MINIONS, TANGERINE, 10,000 KM and Other July 10 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

minions poster bullock croppedMinions delivers delightful summer silliness as three of the crowd-pleasing yellow pill-like hoard seek to serve a prima evil-doer, Scarlett Overkill, played by Sandra Bullock. A fascinating must see, Tangerine cuts to the chase on transgender hooker lifestyle in LA, shot entirely on an iPhone 5s, following Sin-Dee Rella (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) an a rapacious manhunt for her cheating pimp (James Ransone). 10,000 KM takes on a long distance romance sustained in cyperspace. Plus Boulevard, What We Did On Our Vacation and Do I Sound Gay?. Read the reviews…

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INFINITELY POLAR BEAR – Review by Susan Granger

Maya Forbes’ episodic, autobiographical family comedy is based on her own confusing childhood in the late 1970s in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her father, Donald Cameron Forbes, was manic-depressive or bi-polar, once writing on a hospital admission form that he was “infinitely polar bear.” Chain-smoking Cam Stuart (Mark Ruffalo) is impulsive, unpredictable and eccentric, he adores his wife, Maggie (Zoe Saldana), and their two precocious daughters, Faith (Ashley Aufderheide) and Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky). Read on…

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Nancy Buirski Talks SIDNEY LUMET, Doc Form and Women in Film — Dana Knight interviews (Exclusive)

nancy buirski 1Filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s engaging documentary about filmmaker Sidney Lumet premiered at Cannes 2015, where THE FEMALE GAZE frequent contributor Dana Knight caught up with her to chat about her esteemed subject, other directors who’ve influenced her work, taking a turn at a narrative feature and the business of women in film. Read on…

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TOMORROWLAND – Review by Lynn Venhaus

This one’s for the dreamers. Fanciful and filled with wonder, Tomorrowland celebrates the curious men and women who ask the questions that move us forward as a society. Because of its focus on innovation, this sci-fi fantasy gets an A for effort. But the execution is less successful, and for all its heady ambitions, falls flat as much as it soars. Read more>>

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AMY – Review by Susan Granger

This booze ‘n’ drugs documentary about British songwriter/vocalist Amy Winehouse rises above the ordinary in the capable hands of Asif Kapadia, who previously scored with his 2011 cinematic portrait of Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna. Long before winning six Grammys and acquiring her signature beehive, tattoos and Cleopatra-like eyeliner wings, Amy grew up, as one pal puts it, “like a classic North London Jewish girl with lots of attitude.” Read on…

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ENTOURAGE – Review by Lynn Venhaus

A hedonistic inside look at Tinsel Town through a fictional movie star and his loyal trio of hangers-on, Entourage had two things going for it during eight seasons on HBO: Jeremy Piven’s fierce pit bull agent Ari Gold, for which he won three Emmys, and a plethora of fun cameos and guest stars. This pointless movie version focuses on Vincent Chase, an inexplicable A-lister (the wooden and bland Adrian Grenier is never convincing as a charismatic “It” actor), and his childhood gang from Queens. Read more>>

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