AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 15-21: INSIDE OUT

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InsideOutposterOpening June 19, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Inside Out, the latest family film from animation powerhouse Pixar. Newcomer Kaitlyn Dias voices Riley, a young girl who has moved from the Midwest to San Francisco, prompting her emotions to go into overdrive. Given voice, the feelings of Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phylis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling), jostle and fight inside her head as Riley attempts to settle in to her new life.Read on…

A Pixar movie is always a must-see event, thanks to the studio’s ability to appeal to audiences of all ages, and their latest is equally sure to charm both kids and adults alike. Combining a classic fish out of water tale with the studio’s trademark sharp, funny, insightful writing, delivered by an exceptional comic cast, and, of course, those gorgeous visuals, it’s no wonder that critics have been calling Inside Out a return to form and tour de force for Pixar.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Nell Minow: Inside Out is one of the best movies of the year, psychologically astute, witty, imaginative, utterly captivating. Read more…

MaryAnn Johanson: My pick is Inside Out. Always a treat to get a new film from Pixar! And the buzz out of Cannes was fantastic.

Jennifer Merin: Pixar’s brilliantly conceived and realized Inside Out illuminates a tween girl’s conflicted emotional life with superb storytelling, animation and performances.

Film Details:
Title: Inside Out
Directors: Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen
Release Date: June 17, 2015
Running Time: 94 minutes
Language: English
Shooting Location(s): Pixar Studios
Principal Cast: Amy Pohler, Diane Lane, Paula Poundstone, Richard Kind, Lewis Black, Bill Hader
Screenwriter(s): Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen, Meg LeFauve
Production Company:  Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Official Website

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of June 15-21, 2015:

June 17
The Tribe
The Bronze

June 19
Inside Out
Infinitely Polar Bear
The Overnight
The New Rijksmuseum

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.