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HOUSE OF GUCCI – Review by Liz Braun

Every bit as plastique and fabulous as a knock-off designer handbag, House of Gucci is a wildly entertaining soap opera about people fighting over money, from director Ridley Scott. .Based on a real-life story of greed and betrayal and tragedy, in the telling here it is busy and beautiful to look at. There are a couple of leaps in the storytelling that don’t quite add up and a complaint might be lodged about some of the more melodramatic bits — but it’s all so visually dazzling and fun to watch that none of these quibbles add up to much.

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ADRIENNE – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Adrienne is Andy Ostroy’s tribute to the beloved filmmaker Adrienne Shelly – who happens to be his late wife – and his effort to keep her memory and important contributions to the industry alive. Early in the film, Ostroy asks theatergoers waiting on line for Waitress, the musical, if they’ve heard of Adrienne Shelly. Despite the fact that her name is prominent on the marquee, none of them have. This movie, along with the foundation Ostroy created in Shelly’s name to support women filmmakers, will go a long way toward changing that.

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KING RICHARD – Review by Susan Granger

Will Smith has been nominated twice for Oscars. Now his persuasive performance as King Richard should earn him a third nod and, perhaps, first win. Smith plays stubborn, outspoken Richard Williams, the demanding yet loving father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. “You gonna be the greatest of all time,” Richard tells the girls. “You know how I know? Because I planned for it.”

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THE ATTACHMENT DIARIES – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

There’s a fearlessness to The Attachment Diaries that sees it power ahead without letting us pause to take a breath, and its determination and originality explode on the screen in something altogether wild, continuing to demonstrate just how ahead of the game both Javier Diment personally and Argentine genre film more broadly continues to be.

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THE POWER OF THE DOG – Review by Sherin Nicole

You’ll keep waiting for the axe to fall…and it doesn’t…and it doesn’t…and the tension builds to the bursting point. Perfectly benign moments take on sinister hues in The Power of the Dog, you know something is deadly wrong, tensions hang over your head, and when the axe finally falls it’s a hell of a payoff.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK Nov 26, 2021: WRITING WITH FIRE

Feminism meets the fourth estate in Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas‘ powerful documentary Writing With Fire. As it tells the story of Khabar Lahariya, India’s only female-run news outlet, it both examines the media’s critical role in supporting democracy and celebrates the women who won’t let anything get in the way of telling the truth. Armed with smartphones and determination, they shed light on those whose stories are far too often kept hidden in the dark.

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Opening November 22 -28, 2021- Margaret Barton-Fumo reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists highlights movies made by and about women. With a vigilant eye toward current releases, we maintain an interactive record of films that are pertinent to our interests. Be they female-made or female-centric productions, they are films that represent a wide range of women’s stories and present complex female characters. As such, they are movies that will most likely be reviewed on AWFJ.org and will qualify for consideration for our annual EDA Awards, celebrating exceptional women working in film behind and in front of the camera.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Victoria Mahoney to direct THE OLD GUARD sequel – Brandy McDonnell reports

Victoria Mahoney is directing the sequel to Netflix’s 2020 hit action film The Old Guard. Mahoney will take the helm of the follow-up from Gina Prince-Bythewood, who broke Netflix records with The Old Guard.

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TICK, TICK…BOOM! – Review by Martha K Baker

Every teacher has had a student who tried to charm his way to an A by writing about how he couldn’t write the paper assigned. Tick, Tick…BOOM proves that sometimes it works. This is the Jonathan Larson musical he wrote — before the phenomenal Rent — about writing a musical. And, boy! does it work!

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HOUSE OF GUCCI – Review by Diane Carson

House of Gucci chronicles unpleasant events regarding this fashion brand. Based on Sara Gay Forden’s 2001 book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed, the four elements emphasized in her title pinpoint the essence of the drama. Announced on screen as “inspired by true events,” it has, nevertheless, received extensive Gucci family criticism, the book and the film. No wonder, for no one comes off admirably depicted.

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