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AWFJ PRESENTS: ANTONIA’S LINE – Review by Leslie Combemale

With Antonia’s Line, writer/director Marleen Gorris created a film that is a celebration of life and an unflinching look at the challenges intergenerational women faced throughout the 20th century. The feminist filmmaker achieved what many great female directors before her could not: Antonia’s Line (1994) is the first foreign-language film by a female filmmaker to win an Oscar. That’s almost 40 years after the introduction of the foreign language category. Given the Oscars’ rather spotty history in terms of truly rewarding the best films, the question is, “Is Antonia’s Line really that good?” The answer is a resounding yes.

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WHITE NOISE – Review by T.J. Callahan

White Noise is just that – a bunch of white noise. Psycho babble. Constant talking over one another about the state of the world and the well being of one particular family in 1985 America. Jack and Babette are an existential Mike and Carol Brady. Divorcées with a blended family who must learn to get along with each other as well as the ever changing world. While grappling with consumerism on the home front, the tackle fear and the unknown when forced to evacuate their neighborhood due to an Airborne Toxic Event,

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AS I OPEN MY EYES — Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

I have occasionally observed that some people live up to their names, such as a man I met named Seaborn who was an oceanographer. It appears that Tunisian director/screenwriter Leyla Bouzid’s name also was her destiny. Her first feature film, As I Open My Eyes (2015), takes place in 2010, the year her country experienced the Sidi Bouzid Revolt, named for the city where protests began. By mid-January 2011, the repressive regime of longtime Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was history, and revolts in Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, and Bahrain—collectively comprising the Arab Spring—soon commenced.

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WILDCAT – Review by Lois Alter Mark

If you feel like rolling your eyes whenever a pet owner says, “No, they saved me,” get ready for Wildcat to exorcise that cynicism in less than two hours. Not only will this inspiring documentary melt your cold heart but it will prove to you that the human-animal bond is truly healing for both species.

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Whistler Film Festival 2022: Female Filmmaker Wrap – Rachel West reports

“Addressing the imbalance of representation in the screen industry has been a mandate of the Whistler Film Festival for many years,” Festival Director Angela Heck says. “Our advocacy for gender parity has expanded to reflect our overall commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. There is much work to do as we continue to cultivate and champion underrepresented communities in our programs, our stories and in the Canadian media industry at large.”

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SPOILER ALERT – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Considering its title, I’m not giving anything away by saying that the hero dies in Spoiler Alert. In fact, the movie makes that clear in the opening scene. But – spoiler alert – I still cried. The romantic comedy/tearjerker is based on Michael Ausiello’s memoir about his real-life relationship with Kit Cowan, who was, ultimately, diagnosed with terminal cancer. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s real. Spoiler Alert may not have a happy ending but it’s still a crowd pleaser. It’s also a gentle reminder that the vow couples make to have and to hold “in sickness and in health” is no joke.

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SHE SAID – Review by Jennifer Green

Is She Said the portrayal of female journalists we’ve been waiting for? A lot has been written about the depiction of female journalists in She Said, director Maria Schrader and scriptwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s adaptation of New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s book about their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Reviewers have praised the film for offering what other investigative journalism movies have not — the female perspective, especially outside the newsroom.

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WOMEN TALKING – Review by Lois Alter Mark

The women are talking about whether they should forgive, fight or leave the men who have been systematically drugging and raping them. The men who are their neighbors, their husbands, their fathers. The film is based on Miriam Toews’ novel, which is loosely based on true events that took place in a Mennonite community in Bolivia, where more than 100 women were drugged with livestock anesthetic and sexually assaulted in their beds. The only reason the eight women in the movie get to actually talk at all is because the men are gone. They were arrested – FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY!

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RRR – Review by Susan Granger

In Hindi and English, RRR stands for Rise, Roar, Revolt since the historical epic is set during the British Raj in the early 1920s. One of the opening sequences reveals how a young girl, Malli (Twinkle Sharma), is snatched from her Gond tribal parents by ruthless British Governor Scott Buxton (Ray Stevenson) to be a servant for his cruel wife Catherine (Alison Doody) at their palace in Delhi. The spectacular, three-hour action-adventure RRR is definitely on my 10 Best Movies of 2022 list.

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TURN EVERY PAGE – Review by Lois Alter Mark

You probably wouldn’t expect a book about an urban planner to become a classic. And you definitely wouldn’t expect a movie to be filmed about the making of that book. Yet, almost half a century after its release, Robert Caro’s biography, The Power Broker, remains a bestseller and Turn Every Page, the new documentary about its author and editor, is absolutely riveting.

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