AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 22-28: PRIDE

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hr_Pride_1 copyOpening Sept. 26, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford. Inspired by the true story of what happened when a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists decide to raise money for mineworkers’ families during the union strike in the summer of 1984. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. The movie features Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine in an uplifting, crowd-pleasing story in the vein of The Full Monty and Billy Elliot. Read on…

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

MaryAnn Johnson: My pick is Pride, a wonderful film about friendship among unlikely allies and the necessity of hanging together so you don’t hang separately. A true big-hearted, feel-good film. Read more>>

Pam Grady: Gay and lesbian activists and striking coal miners form an unlikely alliance in 1980s Britain in Pride, a funny, touching, and uplifting comedy starring an ensemble of some of the U.K.’s finest actors, including Dominic West, Andrew Scott, Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy, and Imelda Staunton. Read more>>

Leba Hertz: Pride, a movie about gay activists helping the miners during the infamous 1984 coal strike, is they type of movie that the British do best. And this is the best of the British best.

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 Sept. 22-26, 2014:

September 24
– Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (limited)

September 26
– Asmodexia (limited)
– The Boxtrolls
– Days and Nights (limited)
– The Equalizer (2D theaters and IMAX)
– Fishing Without Nets (LA; NY Oct. 3)
– Good People (limited)
– Jimi: All is By My Side (limited)
– Lilting (limited)
– Pride (NY, LA, SF)
– The Song (limited)
– The Two Faces of January (limited)
– Two Night Stand (limited)

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Sandra Kraisirideja was started by entertainment journalist Sandra Kraisirideja, an accredited member of the Motion Picture Association of America. A 16-year industry veteran, her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Today,,,, North County Times, East Hampton Star and Southampton News-Press. Ms. Kraisirideja is listed in the (MPAA) Domestic Press Directory for 2009.