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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