AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 4-10: THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

Opening Aug. 8, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Lassse Hallestrom’s The Hundred-Foot Journey. Based on Richard C. Morais’ novel, the film’s a tantalizing tale of cross-cultural romance and culinary rivalry between France and India. Helen Mirren stars as a Michelin-starred French chef challenged by the proprietors of a phenomenal Indian restaurant that opens nearby. Replete with luscious cinematography of haute French cuisine and exotic Indian dishes, the film is a mouthwatering treat. But, be warned: don’t go hungry! Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 28-Aug. 3: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Opening Aug. 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel Studios franchise, with its 2017 sequel recently announced at Comic-Con. Directed by James Gunn and co-written by Nicole Perlman, the film is filled with eye-popping CGI and spectacle. It has just the right mix of action, comedy and heart that makes for a super successful superhero movie. The cast is led by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close, and Benicio del Toro, and features the voice talents of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 21-27: LUCY

Opening July 25, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Lucy, starring action It Girl Scarlett Johansson as a woman who gains the ability to use one hundred percent of her brain function, turning her into an unstoppable killing machine. Writer-director Luc Besson has created his share of strong, female action heroes as witnessed in La Femme Nikita and The Professional. Johannson is turning into that rare actor who is interesting to watch in both big-budget action movies, like The Avengers, and riskier films, like Under the Skin. It will be fascinating to see what Besson and Johansson have created together in Lucy. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 14-20: MOOD INDIGO

Opening July 18, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo, a unique love story that incorporates fantastical, surreal elements. Gondry’s stylishly quirky fantasy world includes a piano that makes cocktails, a dining room on rollerskates and a cloud-shaped vehicle. Boris Vian’s eponymous cult novel provides the inspiration for the film, which stars Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris as lovers whose whirlwind affair is threatened when a flower begins to grow in her lungs. It’s the kind of twist that fits perfectly well with Gondry’s inventive imagination. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 7-13: BOYHOOD

Opening July 11, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Boyhood, writer-director Richard Linklater’s audacious, groundbreaking feature. Filmed over a 12 year span with the same cast, the movie presents snapshots of family life—birthdays, vacations and family dinners—backed by a soundtrack that captures the recent cultural milieu with tunes from Coldplay to Arcade Fire. This film’s unique portrait of growing up opens a door for personal introspection unlike any film before. Read on….

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 30-July 6: LIFE ITSELF

Opening July 4, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Life Itself, filmmaker Steve James’ moving tribute to America’s favorite movie critic, Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun-Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winner who became a household name when he and critical colleague Gene Siskel, co-starring on PBS’ Sneak Previews, coined the phrase “Two thumbs up!” Based on Ebert’s eponymous memoir, the documentary recounts Ebert’s life with reverence and deep respect. It’s thumbs up from AWFJ! Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 23-29: YVES SAINT LAURENT

Opening June 25, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Yves Saint Laurent, French director Jalil Lespert’s richly evocative period piece that provides an intimate glimpse at the life and career of the legendary fashion designer and purveyor of luxury goods. Pierre Niney stars as Saint Laurent, with Guillaume Gallienne as his life-long partner, Pierre Bergé. Replete with drama, it’s a fascinating tour of the world of fashion. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 16-22: JERSEY BOYS

Opening June 20, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Jersey Boys, Clint Eastwood’s film adaptation of the Tony-award winning musical that chronicles the rise and fall of the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll group The Four Seasons and frontman Frankie Valli. The film has terrific energy and the soundtrack is a marvelous replay of ’60s sounds including the group’s most popular songs and number one hits: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry and Walk Like a Man. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 9-15: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2

Opening June 13, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is How to Train Your Dragon 2, the exciting second chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s trilogy, featuring soaring effects and strong female characters. The fantasy revolves around heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless who must save the future of men and dragons from the evils of power-hungry Drago. With new cast members Cate Banchette, Kit Harington, and Djimon Honsou this rousing follow up is a pleaser for kids of all ages. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 2-8: CITIZEN KOCH

Opening June 6, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Citizen Koch, a thought-provoking documentary that follows the rise of the Tea Party and the impact of unlimited, anonymous spending by corporations and billionaires on the electoral process in America. Academy-award nominated filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin reveal how the billionaire Koch brothers used their significant financial clout to promote their preferred politicians and policies nationwide, and to prune the political and economic landscape of Wisconsin by uprooting workers’ unions. This shocker is a must see! Read on…

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