SPIN ME AROUND – Review by Rachel West

Allison Brie reteams with Aubrey Plaza and writer-director Jeff Baena for Spin Me Round, which despite a cast of comedic talents, fails to deliver on its wacky premise. When Tuscan Grove Italian chain restaurant manager Amber (Brie) is selected to attend a prestigious training program for staff in Italy, she dreams of being swept off her feet in a romantic European adventure. However, the trip turns out to be different than she expected. With elements of a thriller, dark comedy, violence, and slapstick humour, Spin Me Round is one complicated mess that can’t figure out if it wants the audience to be in on the joke.

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THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK – Review by Susan Granger

Let’s examine what went wrong with The Many Saints of Newark, made 14 years after one of TV’s most controversial, yet celebrated series The Sopranos concluded. Problem is: despite its superficial authenticity, there’s no Sopranos without the late James Gandolfini – so the effect is hollow – at best. Remember what Tony says to his psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), in the series premiere? “I feel like I came in at the end. The best is over.”

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THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE – Review by Diane Carson

The Art of Self Defense is a movie at war with itself. Though billed as a satiric comedy on destructive hypermasculinity, it lacks the wit and insight to skewer its target with anything approaching a gratifying, substantive critique. At best a cartoonish lampoon, it exaggerates its nerdish protagonist and lacks needed, nuanced development.

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SPOTLIGHT AUGUST 2018: Emily Mortimer, Actress, Producer, Screenwriter and Loyal Feminist Colleague

awfj spotlight black little Emily Mortimer stars in Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop, opening August 24. The indie drama is the latest triumph in Mortimer’s extraordinary career as a feminist actress-producer-screenwriter who hasn’t let the daunting challenges of dealing with the male-dominated movie business harden her heart.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Dec. 29-Jan. 4: A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Opening Jan. 2, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is A Most Violent Year, writer/director J.C. Chandor’s follow up to Margin Call and All Is Lost which stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a couple fighting to achieve their dreams in the violent surrounds of New York City, 1981. Read on…

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