THE MOTHER – Review by Jennifer Merin

The Mother is a high velocity action thriller with a feminist filmmaker pedigree. Niki Caro directs the fast paced screenplay by Andrea Berloff, Misha Green and Peter Craig, based on a story by Misha Green. Jennifer Lopez, who coproduced the movie, stars as ‘The Mother,’ a former super spy and military assassin whose life is threatened by a very bad man who is seeking revenge for a high stakes deal that went south. The Mother (the character’s mane is never revealed) is determined to save the teenage girl she birthed years ago and reluctantly gave over to a foster family for the child’s protection from the evil revengeful gangster who is determined to kill both mother and daughter.

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THE MOTHER – Review by Nikki Fowler

The Mother tries repeatedly but somewhat fails at being a strong dramatic action movie despite having many action sequences and some scenic US snow filled mountainous and colorful Cuban landscapes, alongside some great production and popular music tracks. The start of the story is a bit traumatizing with Jennifer Lopez as ‘The Mother’ being stabbed in the stomach while she’s pregnant. From there, we follow her emotionally traumatizing journey in having to give up her child to foster care for the baby girls safety, only to step back into the child’s life 12 years later when her own past life as an assassin catches up with her and puts her, and her estranged daughter, at risk.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 12, 2013: THE MOTHER

Jennifer Lopez takes the concept of the “mama bear” and ratchets it up several notches to “raging grizzly mom” in Niki Caro’s tense action thriller The Mother. Lopez’s unnamed sniper/assassin mows down bad guys without flinching — or remorse — as she puts everything on the line to save the daughter she reluctantly gave up at birth to protect her from the evildoers who will stop at nothing to wreak their revenge.

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THE KITCHEN – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

The Kitchen, from director Andrea Berloff, is a crime thriller based on the DC Entertainment/Vertigo comic book miniseries of the same name. The movie stars Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss as the wives of Irish mobsters. The women decide to get tough and take over organized crime operations in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood when their husbands are sent to prison.

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STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, MERU, MISTRESS AMERICA and other August 14 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

Straight Outta Compton is explosive, relevant and brilliantly scripted by Andrea Berloff, who stands her ground in the male-dominated milieu

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