ROMA – Review by Susan Granger

Netflix is enticing Oscar voters by releasing this immersive, black-and-white, semi-autobiographical film from Alfonso Cuaron in a few theaters in addition to streaming on December 14th. Set in 1971 in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma district, the opening scene is an optical illusion: the camera reveals the floor of a courtyard which turns into a mirror of an airplane in the sky above when soapy water flows across it.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: THE CHI’s Lena Waithe Shouts #MeToo to Variety’s Power Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lena Waithe – the multi-hyphenate creator of the Showtime series “The Chi” – gave a rallying cry for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements at Variety’s recent Power of Women event, declaring that women “won’t be treated like second class citizens.”

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THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN – Review by Diane Carson

Originally a 2003 New Yorker article by David Grann, based on a true story, The Old Man & the Gun follows Forrest Tucker. Seventy-nine years old, having broken out of prison multiple times, Tucker is a confirmed bank robber who loves his work. Amazingly, most of his targets handing over the bank’s cash compliment Tucker on his polite, pleasant manner.

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Indian Filmmaker Nandita Das and MANTO – Mythily Ramachandran reports (Guest Post)

Filmmaker Nandita Das, the first Indian to be inducted into the International Women’s Forum’s Hall of Fame, is a multi-hyphenated talent who debuted as an actress in 1995, and became a director in 2008. Manto, her sophomore feature, screened earlier this year at Cannes, where Das has twice served as juror. Manto next plays at BFI’s London Film Festival.

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LOVE, GILDA — Review by Susan Granger

When she was filming fund-raising videos for Gilda’s Club charity, director Lisa D’Apolito decided to make this documentary about its founder, captivating comedienne Gilda Radner. Its title refers to the enormous archive of journal entries and letters – signed “Love, Gilda” – which chronicle the life of Gilda Susan Radner Born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised by a beloved nanny she called Dibby, Gilda constantly battled bulimia and depression after her father died when she was 14.

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NYFF18: Just 4 Out of 30 Main Slate Films are Female-Directed – Melissa Hanson reports (Guest Post)

In 2017, New York Film Festival (NYFF) announced that its main slate lineup featured the most female-directed films in 10 years. This year it’s back below average with just four female-directed films in the lineup of 30. NYFF has made no mention of an equality pledge, nor commented on the inclusion rider circulating in Hollywood, and it shows.

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PEPPERMINT – Review by Susan Granger

When a struggling Southern California mother, Riley North (Jennifer Garner), sees her husband (Jeff Hephner) and 10 year-old daughter (Cailey Fleming) slaughtered in a drive-by killing at a local Christmas Carnival, she conscientiously identifies the Mexican cartel gunmen in a police line-up. But corruption corrodes the criminal justice system and the obviously guilty suspects are released.

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