LIZ WHITTEMORE helms, hosts Girls On Film Podcast, blogs horror at I SCREAM YOU SCREAM, serves as a member of Team #MOTW and as an AWFJ Board Member.

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MIDNIGHT FAMILY – Review by Diane Carson

What can individuals do when they find themselves In dire economic straits with few options? In the case of the Ochoa family living in Mexico City, the answer is to run their own private ambulance service, a desperately needed resource since the Mexican government funds only forty-five emergency care ambulances in a city with a population of nine million people.

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1917 – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The film – which just earned two Golden Globes, for best dramatic motion picture and best movie director for Mendes – was brilliantly devised, written and lensed to look as if it was shot in one long, unbroken take. Between the clever work of Deakins and editor Lee Smith, it’s an incredible technical marvel.

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THE WOLF HOUSE – Review by Diane Carson

Cinema today offers a treasure trove of animated films, nothing more imaginative than the Chilean fantasy The Wolf House, La Casa Lobo in its original Spanish. Writers/directors Joaquin Cociña and Cristóbal León transform a fairy tale nightmare into a haunting, disturbing story through stop-motion animation using what looks like paper mâché characters along with two and three dimensional objects.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: New CELLULOID CEILING Report shows Uptick – Brandy McDonnell reports

In its 22nd year, the annual San Diego State University Celluloid Ceiling study found that women comprised 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 100 domestic grossing films released last year. That was up from 16% in 2018.

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BEANPOLE – Review by Sheila Roberts

Beanpole is a tough film to watch. It’s powerful, deeply moving, cruel and ferocious, but definitely worth your time. Filmmaker Kantemir Balagov is a brilliant young director who made a bold decision to cast unknown, first-time actresses in extremely demanding roles. His daring choices paid off. Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina elevate this Cannes-winning Russian psychodrama to an Oscar-worthy contender.

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RED DOG – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Featuring the sort of nudity, language and adult themes that make it unsuitable for children – at least the ones who didn’t grow up living it – the documentary, which premiered at the 2019 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, also is an affectionate tribute from a loving son to the mother who kept doing the best she could – even when she didn’t really know what she was doing at all.

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