HERE AND NOW – Review by Liz Whittemore

Sarah Jessica Parker gives her career-best performance in this awe-inspiring look at life and regret. The film shines in its sound editing. Parker comes to life in an entirely different way when there is no dialogue at all. Here and Now is also a living, breathing homage to New York City in sight and sound. This film was one of the best at Tribeca Film Festival this year.

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SILENCIO – Review by Elizabeth Whittemore

Silencio is really captivating from the get-go. It begins in 1970 in Mexico’s Zone Of Silence (an actual real-life location that is described as the Bermuda Triangle of Mexico) and Dr. James White and his assistant Peter find a contaminated meteorite that possesses the power to time travel. In the present day, Dr. White has dementia and has hidden the stone away choosing not to share its mysterious powers.

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New York Film Festival 2018 Top Female Performances – Liz Whittemore reports

NYFF is reliable in presenting meaty roles for women. This year’s notable performances include Juliette Binoche and Regina King, an actress who is often underappreciated. Also on my list are Molly Shannon, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, among others presented here in no particular order.

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AL ABOUT NINA — Review by Liz Whittemore

Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives a striking performance in this very dark film. As the plot rolls along, it takes an unexpected politically relevant turn that will make its release date seem written in the stars. The emotionally high and low journey you’ll go on with our leading lady will astound and leave you breathless. All About Nina takes center stage with comedy fueled by hurt, ambition, and truth.

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Fantasia International Film Festival 2018: Born of Woman Section Dominates — Liz Whittemore Reports

This year’s Fantasia International Film Festival (July 2-August 2) showcased some extraordinary femme-centric thrills and terror in its BORN OF WOMAN section. In the nine selections in the program, stories range from sci-fi to horror, all the way to to the downright strange and unusual. What makes these shorts unique is that fact that they are all directed by women and their stories are all about women. When Fantasia International Film Festival gave birth to BORN OF WOMEN program in 2016 incarnation, it added something that has long been missing in a genre that is known for its predominantly misogynistic overtone.

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New York Film Festival 2017: Top Female Performances — Liz Whittemore reports

Thankfully, this year’s New York Film Festival did not disappoint in illustrating the complexities of women. We saw actresses that have become festival fixtures and a few fresh faces never seen before. Here are NYFF55’s ladies to be recognized for outstanding roles in a dynamite mix of features.

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