AWFJ Women On Film – Releasing November 18 and 20, 2009

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AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:

Wednesday, November 18

  • Red Cliff – Magnet Releasing, 148 mins., limited NY, opens wider November 25 – John Woo’s history epic features a great performances by actresses Wei Zhao as a heroic princess who refuses to let men do all the fighting in the battle to save the dynasty.

Friday, November 20

  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon – Summit Entertainment, 130 mins. – The second installation in the ongoing vampire adventures, with screenplay penned by Melissa Rosenberg based on the best-selling novels of Stephenie Meyer
  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans – First Look Studios, 121 mins, limited NY and LA, expands December 4
  • The Blind Side – Warner Bros.
  • Broken Embraces – Sony Pictures Classics, 127 mins., NY, releases LA December 11 – Pedro Amoldovar’s femme-centric film stars Penelope Cruz as a woman who’s caught between ambition born of necessity and her new found ability to love.
  • Defamation – First Run Features, 91 mins.. limited NY, LA and San Francisco
  • Fix – LAFCO, 93 mins., limited NY
  • Mammoth – IFC Films, 125 mins., limited – An upscale NY family find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid evolving, while the maid’s family in the Philippines struggles to deal with her absence.
  • The Missing Person – Strand Releasing, 125 mins., limited NY
  • Planet 51 – TriStar Pictures 3D
  • That Evening Sun – Freestyle Releasing 110 mins., limited LA
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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).

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