MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 22, 2018: WOMAN WALKS AHEAD

motw logo 1-35In Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead, 19th century artist Catherine Weldon defies convention and the U.S. government to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull and learn about the Lakota nation. Jessica Chastain delivers an excellent performance as Weldon, who ultimately found more than artistic inspiration on the open prairies. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 15, 2018: WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST

motw logo 1-35Some iconic personalities are so much larger than life that it’s easy to forget they’re real people — which makes getting to know the person behind the personality fascinating. Such is the promise, and payoff, of Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, Lorna Tucker’s insightful documentary about English fashion designer Vivienne Westwood. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 8, 2018: NANCY

motw logo 1-35Fragile, unpredictable, and melancholy, the tone of Christina Choe’s debut feature Nancy is a lot like its main character, a lonely, very sad woman who desperately needs meaning in her life. Played perfectly by Andrea Riseborough, Nancy is complex, captivating, ambiguous and often hard to root for, but you can’t help getting caught up in her search for purpose and connection. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 1, 2018: SOCIAL ANIMALS

motw logo 1-35Theresa Bennett’s first feature is about 30-something gal pals who talk incessantly about sex and their male companions. The breezy comedy is femme-helmed, femme-centric and presents female perspectives, yet utterly fails the Bechtel Test. So, is Social Animals liberated or demeaning? To see how feminist Team #MOTW members evaluate it, continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 25, 2018: MARY SHELLEY

motw logo 1-35Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s biopic about Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin’s romance with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley — and her struggle to be recognized as a female author — is a compelling, atmospheric, truth-based tale of a truly gifted woman who courageously rebelled against the repressive customs of her day. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 18, 2018: SUMMER 1993

motw logo 1-35Carla Simon’s debut feature tells the story of six-year-old Frida, sent to live with relatives after her mother dies of AIDS. Without overplayed emotional notes or bouts of excessive drama, Simon explores Frida’s difficult adjustment as she grapples with changes in her life. As Frida, ten year old Laia Artigas captures your heart. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 11, 2018: MOUNTAIN

motw logo 1-35Australian filmmaker Jennifer Peedom’s Mountain is a monumental essay documentary that combines soaring cinematography with poetically philosophical narration and an uplifting score to deliver a mesmerizing meditative treatise on how humans interact with and experience Earth’s prime peaks. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 4, 2018: RBG

motw logo 1-35Not all superheroes wear capes. In fact, some might be clad in black robes and lace collars. That’s the inspiring takeaway from Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s “RBG,” the story of iconic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The biodoc traces RBG’s life from childhood to the present, both humanizing her and showing why she’s so beloved by all who are passionate about women’s rights and gender equality. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK April 27, 2018: LET THE SUNSHINE IN

motw logo 1-35Claire Denis’ romantic dramedy Let the Sunshine In stars Juliette Binoche as Isabelle, a smart, sophisticated Parisian artist and divorcee who’s only missing one thing in her life: true love. She meets plenty of men who want to sleep with her, but there’s something off about all of them; some are married, some are too full of themselves to be able to properly nurture a partner, some are exes who should clearly stay that way.

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