THE BOOKSHOP — Review by Cate Marquis

In 1950s Britain, a widow moves to a small English village, buys a old house in town that had stood empty for years, with the intention to open a bookshop. Sounds harmless enough, maybe even something the village would welcome. But Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) does not find it so. It isn’t so much the bookshop that is the problem, although one seemly friendly villager offers her the not-to-encouraging advice that people around there don’t read. Well, the villager admits, there is one reader, the reclusive Mr. Brundish (Bill Nighy) but he never leaves his decaying mansion. No, the real problem,as it turns out, is not lack of readers, but that Florence happened to pick as the spot for her bookshop the very old house that a powerful local aristocrat Violet Gamat (Patricia Clarkson) had her eye on, planning to turn the building that everyone in town calls “the old house” into an “arts center.”

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 24 – 31, 2017: THEIR FINEST

motw logo 1-35Opening March 24, THEIR FINEST is AWFJ’s #MOTW. Lone Scherfig’s delightful British World War II dramady is about a talented young woman hired to write patriotic screenplays to bolster the spirits of Brits as they stiff upper lip-it through air raids and rationing. Story and script are super, and the satiric reveal about propaganda and the movies plays particularly well today. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 22-28: PRIDE

Opening Sept. 26, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Pride, based on a true story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who raised money to support mineworkers’ families during the 1984 union strike. Directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford, the movie features Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine in an uplifting, crowd-pleasing story in the vein of The Full Monty and Billy Elliot. Read on…

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