THE CREATOR – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Gareth Edwards’ The Creator, is a mixed bag. It’s a visually stunning, intriguing tale with echoes of the Vietnam War and science-fiction classics such as 1982’s Blade Runner. Yet in crafting a world where artificial intelligence—and simulated people—have branched into every aspect of life, the film leaves little room for nuance. In a nutshell, most humans in The Creator are bad, and the good robots just want to live in peace.

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THE CREATOR – Review by Susan Granger

British filmmaker Gareth Edwards’ ambitious The Creator abounds with extraordinary visuals, utilizing the very best technology available today – which is why it’s a shame that he neglects to supply an intriguing plot to support his timely spectacle. It’s all about Hollywood’s current obsession with artificial intelligence, exploring AI’s utopian and dystopian possibilities.

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TO LESLIE – Review by Diane Carson

The title woman in director Michael Morris’ To Leslie has one defining characteristic. Leslie is an alcoholic with all the baggage destructive to any healthy relationship; that is, Leslie will beg, borrow, or steal money to support her illness and the dysfunctional behavior resulting from it. Inspired by actual events, the story begins more upbeat, with Leslie winning a $190,000 lottery.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 7, 2022: TO LESLIE

Andrea Riseborough adds yet another memorable performance to her impressive filmography in director Michael Morris’ wrenching drama To Leslie. She’s heartbreakingly vulnerable as a West Texas woman who gets one last chance to turn her life around after she squanders a $190,00 lottery win and her drinking spirals out of control. At stake is her self-respect, any hope of happiness, and her relationship with her son.

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BAD EDUCATION – Review by Martha K Baker

Bad Education tells well the true story of a bad principal. Frank Tassone is one of those principals who knows each student’s name — and probably what his history project is or what sport she plays. He is compassionate, considerate, competent. He also harbors a secret worth millions.

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BAD EDUCATION – Review by Susan Granger

Based on a real embezzlement scheme that stunned suburban Roslyn, Long Island in 2004, it’s as timely as last year’s college admissions scandal. Perceptively acing a diabolically complicated character, Hugh Jackman oozes charismatic charm as the slick yet sinister administrator, a perfect counterpart to Allison Janney’s brash budget director.

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Review by Susan Granger

With Halloween around the corner, this animated, sinister sequel with its snap-happy theme song has timing in its favor. In the ‘origin’ prologue, Gomez (voiced by Oscar Isaac) and Morticia (voiced by Charlize Therson) Addams are being married. Part of the ceremony involves putting a lime in a coconut and drinking it, like the 1971 Harry Nilsson song, as they vow to make each other unhappy for the rest of their lives.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 3 – October 7: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Paula Hawkins’s runaway successful novel The Girl on the Train is part of a new genre called ‘Mom Noir’, along with Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and a number of other titles. The numbers are always touted when talking about such literary phenomena. What is less celebrated is the quality of the books themselves. Opening Oct. 7, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Girl on the Train, Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, September 26 – September 30: MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

The origins of Ransom Riggs’s book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children began with a collection of deeply strange photos. Opening Sept. 30, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Read On…

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