AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 5-11: CHEF

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CHEF_OSOpening May 9, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Chef. In this deliciously funny comedy, writer-director Jon Favreau stars as a talented chef who quits his high-profile job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant over creative differences regarding cuisine. His recipe to maintain his culinary integrity involves relocation to Miami, where he opens a food truck, and rekindles his passion for life and love. Favreau’s high-profile supportive cast includes Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr., the red-hot Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara and Bobby Cannavale. The comedy marks Favreau’s return to the comedic roots he planted when he launched his career back in 1996 with the breakout indie hit, Swingers, which he wrote and starred in with Vince Vaughn. Read on…

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Kristy Puchko: I’m hearing great things out of SXSW and Tribeca about how Jon Favreau has redeemed himself, reminding audiences why we all clung to him as a filmmaker, thanks to this warm-hearted and lively comedy. Read review.

Leba Hertz: Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. whet our appetites. Bon appétit!

Jennifer Merin: Jon Favreau serves up a deliciously funny film.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Carrie Rickey, Sheila Roberts, Jeanne Wolf, Sara Vizcarrando.

Other Movies Opening the Week of May 5-11, 2014:

May 7
– Breastmilk (NY; LA release: May 16)

May 8
– Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (p.m. screenings)
– Mom’s Night Out (p.m. screenings)
– Neighbors (p.m. screenings)

May 9
– Chef (NY, LA)
– Devil’s Knot (limited)
– The Double (limited)
– Fed Up (limited)
– God’s Pocket (limited)
– Palo Alto (limited)
– Stage Fright (limited)

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