SUZI Q – Review by Sarah Ward

Australia-based filmmaker Liam Firmager chronicles Suzi Quatro’s life with a wealth of archival clips from her girl band beginnings to Happy Days and on camera commentaries by a roster of star rockers, but what makes Suzi Qso special is Quatro’s frequent presence in present-day on-camera interviews. Quatro on Quatro is always something special.

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BOTERO – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Botero – or, more appropriately, BOTERO, in homage to the artist’s scale – is a love letter to Fernando Botero, oft referred to as “the guy who paints fat ladies.” His bold, larger-than-life style is immediately recognizable and has given him the distinction of being the living artist with the most museum exhibits, most books published about him, greatest international appeal and largest number of people visiting his exhibits.

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Amy Goldstein and Anouchka van Riel on KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL- Betsy Bozdech interviews

Since graduating from NYU film school, Amy Goldstein has spent her career behind the camera directing everything from music videos to critically acclaimed shorts and award-winning features. Her most recent project is a documentary that tracks the roller coaster career of British rocker Kate Nash, who first shot to fame in the MySpace era and now co-stars on Netflix’s hit series GLOW.

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LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE – Review by Marilyn Ferdinand

Linda Ronstadt busted through every barrier niche marketers of the recording industry put in her way and sang every style of music she wanted to tackle. Folk, country, rock, pop, R&B, mariachi, classics from the American songbook, operetta, opera—she did it all, and did it well. The round-faced phenom from Tucson deserves a great documentary, and she gets one with Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

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TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM – Review by Nikki Baughan

Photographer/filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders brings his keen eye for portraiture to this exploration of the life and influence of African American author Toni Morrison, touching on her experiences with segregation, her realisation that the literary discourse was the realm of the white male, her decision to concentrate on the everyday “interior pain” of racism and her determination to fight systemic racial prejudice with the power of her words.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 24, 2019: ASK DR. RUTH

With her twinkling eyes, mischievous grin, and clear zest for talking about all things intimate, Dr. Ruth Westheimer — the public version of her, anyway — has always been an easy woman to like. Happily, Ryan White’s engaging documentary about America’s pre-eminent sex therapist, Ask Dr. Ruth, provides ample evidence that she’s just as appealing once you get to know her better.

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JOSEPH PULITZER: VOICE OF THE PEOPLE – Review by Jennifer Merin

If you consider the study of history to be a route towards informed interpretation of the present, Oren Rudavsky’s Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People is essential and timely viewing. The film is an investigative biodoc about the legendary publisher who changed the face and flow of modern journalism, and rewrote the rule book on using newspapers — the prime media outlet during his life time — to influence the political, social and economic milieu at the heart of the American Dream.

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ON THE BASIS OF SEX – Review by Cate Marquis

In a nice companion piece to the excellent documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, RBG, released earlier this year, On the Basis of Sex presents an inspiring biopic of the young RBG. Felicity Jones plays Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s drama, in which the future Supreme Court Justice battles sexism in an era when discrimination on the basis of sex was perfectly legal.

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