GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Why am I crying at this movie? Like literally from the opening moments of Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, I was sobbing. This is supposed to be a comedy, or a dramedy, at least: light, funny, diverting. So why was I bawling? It’s because we don’t see “older” women — Emma Thompson is 63 — onscreen quite like this.

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THE YELLOW WALLPAPER – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

An incisive film adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s groundbreaking story — one that captures the quiet horror of how the world has in the past and still today fails to acknowledge that women have inner lives that need nurturing — would be very welcome. This is not that movie. This is a stiflingly literal mounting of Gilman’s words that lacks any wider context.

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CANDYMAN – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

I had never seen the 1992 horror film Candyman, and I’m so glad I watched it before I saw the new movie of the same name. This is being promoted as a “spiritual sequel” to the ’92 film, but it’s very much a direct follow-on from the original story. Both films use horror to delve deeper into humanity’s dark side.

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