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Boston-based LOREN KING covers film for the Boston Globe, Boston Spirit and Provincetown Banner. Her Scene Here film column appears weekly in the Boston Sunday Globe. She’s a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics and of AWFJ’s Team #MOTW.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 21, 2019: THE BRINK

It’s no exaggeration to say that Steve Bannon quickly became one of the most reviled figures in Donald Trump’s inner circle during the 2016 election and the early days of Trump’s presidency. Cagey and clever, Bannon never seemed to make a move that wasn’t completely calculated. So you have to wonder what his motivation was to allow filmmaker Alison Klayman and her cameras into his life to film The Brink, an intimate documentary that follows Bannon from 2017 through the historic 2018 midterm elections.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Hanelle Culpepper Launches New STAR TREK Series – Brandy McDonnell reports

Hanelle Culpepper is entering into new territory for Star Trek. Culpepper will direct the opening two episodes of the upcoming untitled Star Trek series focusing on the character of Jean-Luc Picard. She will be the first female director to launch a new Star Trek series in the franchise’s 53-year history.

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ROMA – An Appreciation by Martha P. Nochimson

The very ephemeral nature of moments in which life and death come to a head unweaves the old neo-realist assurances of the powerful weightiness of the least of us. Rather, Cuaron distances us from any pretensions to human importance as he opens the door to his vision of how fleeting, brief, and weightless human life is. This is a realism that is harsh medicine to the individualist American and to all cultures that are Americanized.

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Variety Names Shauna Hardy Mishaw Among Top Women Influencers – Jennifer Merin reports

It comes as no surprise to the Alliance of Women Film Journalists that Shauna Hardy Mishaw, co-founder and Executive Director of Canada’s Whistler Film Festival, has been named in Variety’s International Women’s Impact Report as one of the top women who are influencing and reshaping showbiz around the globe.

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FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY – Review by Susan Granger

Since I don’t watch pro wrestling on TV, I was unfamiliar with World Wrestling Entertainment’s Diva champion Paige who inspired this shamelessly self-promoting real-life biopic. Saraya-Jade Bevis was raised by parents, Ricky (Nick Frost) and Julia (Lena Headley) Knight, who run a minor-league wrestling league in Norwich, England.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: CAPTAIN MARVEL’s Marvelous Box Office – Brandy McDonnell reports

The global launch for the 21st installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe represents the biggest ever for a female-fronted film — surpassing 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast — as well as the second-largest for any superhero movie behind last year’s Avengers: Infinity War. Overall, it’s the sixth-best worldwide debut of all time, and the international opening of $302 million is the fifth-biggest ever ahead of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND – Review by Diane Carson

Some rare, remarkable stories are the kind I wish were true, and fortunately The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is. Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor knew its inspirational uniqueness as soon as he read William Kamkwamba’s 2016 book of the film’s title, chronicling the true story of thirteen-year-old William, loving school and science.

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Ai Weiwei Never Sorry – Retroview by Jennifer Merin

Alison Klayman’s documentary profiles the artist, and provides background on his work from the time he left China during the 1970s to study in New York City and became part of the city’s downtown art scene, to the establishment of his home studio in China, his contribution to the architectural design of the stadium used for the Chinese Olympics, and his very well-attended art installation at London’s Tate Gallery.

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