THE DEAD DON’T DIE – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Between the nifty way the zombies collapse into piles of ash when beheaded and the committed performances by Tilda Swinton, playing a Scottish mortician and samurai warrior, and Tom Waits, as a cantankerous hermit determined to stay out of the carnage, “The Dead Don’t Die” offers just barely enough deadpan humor and quirky characters to keep it interesting until the credits roll.

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BLACKkKLANSMAN – Review by Martha P. Nochimson

In Blackkklansman, a movie with a title that makes it sound like it’s a Mel Brooks high concept farce from the 1970’s, Spike Lee Has dipped back into historical events that began in 1978 to hold the mirror up to the dangerous racial chaos of America in 2018. And it’s no farce. At the same time, both Lee’s film and the book of the same name on which it is based, a memoir by a black undercover police detective, Ron Stallworth, working in Colorado Springs, do create cognitive dissonance. A black man in the Klan? How?

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BLACKKKLANSMAN — Review by Brandy McDonnell

Based on an outrageous true story, Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” veers wildly between hilarious and harrowing, thrilling and appalling, smart and stylish. Most importantly, the two-time Oscar nominee’s latest “joint,” as Lee calls his films, is undeniably relevant, even though most of the events it chronicles happened 40 years ago.

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BLACKKKLANSMAN — Review by Susan Granger

Opening with a Civil War scene from Gone With the Wind (1939) and closing with footage from the Charlottesville riots (2017), Spike Lee’s “crazy, outrageous, incredible true story” about Ron Stallworth is both historical and relevant. In the early 1970s when Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) became the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department, he wanted to go undercover. His chance comes when he’s assigned to surreptitiously record a speech by former Black Panther leader Stokely Carmichael (Corey Hawkins), a.k.a. African nationalist Kwame Ture.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 15 – December 21 – STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Opening December 18, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a film which surely needs no introduction other than to say it’s the latest instalment in the classic sci-fi franchise, helmed by JJ Abrams Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 15-21: TRACKS

Opening Sept. 19, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Tracks, a stunning true-life story based on one woman’s solo trek across Australia’s searing desert with only a few camels to keep her company. Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who walked 1,700 miles, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. She is an iconic example of a woman’s self-determination. With its breathtaking cinematography and inspirational story, Tracks, is a richly satisfying cinematic experience. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 19-25: TRACKS

Opening May 23, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Tracks, a stunning true-life story based on one woman’s solo trek across Australia’s searing desert with only a few camels to keep her company. Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who walked 1,700 miles, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. She is an iconic example of a woman’s self-determination. With its breathtaking cinematography and inspirational story, Tracks, is a richly satisfying cinematic experience. Read on…

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