RONDA ROUSEY: THROUGH MY FATHER’S EYES – Review by Lauren Bradshaw

Rhonda Rousey: Through My Father’s Eyes is a poignant documentary that pays tribute to a pioneer in the fighting arena. Much of the film is centered around Rousey’s success in making the male-dominated fighting world recognize her talent. But it’s clear that her natural ability, dedication, and spirit transcends her gender. No matter who she faces in the octagon or even in front of the camera, Rousey is a force to be reckoned with.

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BLACKBIRD – TIFF19 Review by Lauren Bradshaw

A remake of a Danish film, Blackbird focuses on a family coming together to celebrate the last weekend of the matriarch of the family’s life. Lily (Susan Sarandon) is terminally ill and starting to feel her body shut down. Instead of waiting for her condition to get worse and taking away her self-sufficiency, Lily decides she wants to end her life her way, on her own terms.

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I AM WOMAN – TIFF19 Review by Lauren Bradshaw

I Am Woman, directed by Unjoo Moon, is a timely, yet familiar biopic on music legend Helen Reddy and her contribution to the women’s liberation movement. It’s interesting (and disheartening) to see that many of the issues Helen and her compatriots were fighting for in the ’70s and ’80s are the same issues we are still fighting for today.

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Matthew Heineman and Rosamund Pike on APRIVATE WAR – Lauren Bradshaw interviews

Oscar-nominated documentarian Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) knocks it out of the park with his first dramatic feature film, A Private War. Based on the life of Marie Colvin, an American journalist killed while reporting on the Syrian Civil War, this film is as powerful as it is important, especially at a time like this when attacks on the news media (and journalists in particular) are becoming more and more news stories themselves.

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A STAR IS BORN – Review by Lauren Bradshaw

As the the third remake (and fourth film altogether) in the A Star is Born franchise–if that is what we are calling it now–Bradley Cooper pulls off the triumph of the year with an extraordinary pop-rock musical that is sure to become a classic. It is hard to believe this is his directorial debut. And with Gaga absolutely BRINGING IT, I will most assuredly be rooting for this movie to clean house at the Oscars this year. With the potential for nominations in six major categories (Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor), A Star is Born has the potential to make history.

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