MOVIE OF THE WEEK April 28 – May 5: TOMORROW EVER AFTER

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The notion of time travel is almost as old as time itself. Ever since we humans invented the idea, we’ve been struggling against it, wanting to go forwards, and then backwards, anywhere but the oppressive present. Director Ela Thier takes this conceit, and tips it gently on its head in her remarkable Tomorrow Ever After. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK April 21-27, 2017: CITIZEN JANE: BATTLE FOR THE CITY

motw logo 1-35The street fight between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs is the subject of Director Matt Tyrnauer’s new film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. After garnering attention on the festival circuit, the documentary is now entering theatres across the country. Despite the fact that the majority of the action took place more than 50 years ago, it could not be more timely. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 3 – 10: THE LAST WORD

motw logo 1-35Where would we be without Shirley MacLaine? Since her first appearance in cinema (Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry), La MacLaine has played a wild card in the best sense of the term, injecting tartness, intelligence and slyness into performances that elevate even well-trod narrative tropes. Now, at age 82, she brings her heightened verve to The Last Word. Read on…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK Feb 27 to Mar 3: FROM NOWHERE

motw logo 1-35From Nowhere has the peculiar timing of being released in theatres in the midst of the current maelstrom around immigration in the US. The compelling film premiered at SXSW Festival, where it won an audience choice award. Back in those innocent and unsuspecting days of yore, the film was relevant and topical, but now it is essential. Read On….

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 17-21: AMERICAN FABLE

It’s the mid-80s, and Reaganomics is taking a toll on rural America. Farmers forced to sell off their land are committing suicide at an alarming rate. Gitty, trembling on the verge of puberty, lives with her family, who are struggling to keep their property. Her father Abe is deeply in debt, her mother is pregnant, and her brother Martin is a budding psychopath. So all is not well in the heartland. When Gitty discovers a mysterious man being held captive in the family silo, events gather speed, until they resemble a runaway freight train. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Feb 3 – 10: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Raoul Peck’s impeccable and rigorous film I Am Not Your Negro comes at a moment when cinema is creating new conversations about race. In the footage featured in I Am Not Your Negro, Baldwin’s rationality and humanity that shine out — clear, irrevocable and freighted with an unmistakable note of warning. To deny any group of people their essential humanity has repercussions not just for the victims of oppression, but also for the perpetrators. Read On… 

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Jan 27 to Feb 3: SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN

Director Maggie Greenwald’s film Sophie and the Rising Sun is distinctly old-fashioned, sturdy in its construction, stolid even, but with fine details of time and place that add depth and grain to the action. The film is a handsome affair about interracial romance and racial prejudice, and although it occasionally traffics in sentiment, the solidity and strength provided by the female cast keeps it focused on rational tolerance, womanly solidarity and a little old thing called love. Read On…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week January 20-27, 2017: 2OTH CENTURY WOMEN

Director Mike Mills’ new film 20TH Century Women has been described as a love letter to his mother. But it is also a portrait of a time and place, and a collection of people perched on the edge of change.Opening January 20, 2017, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is 20th CENTURY WOMEN. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 13 – January 20, 2017: 13TH

Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th, using the 13th Amendment as a point of departure for a revealing investigation of mass incarceration in the US, is a history lesson, cinema essay and cogent, irrefutable indictment of economic and cultural policies that are the enduring legacy of slavery. The 13th was the first nonfiction film to open the New York Film Festival. It has garnered numerous awards and is shortlisted for an Academy Award. AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The 13th, playing at select theaters and on Netflix. Read on…

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