ENFANT TERRIBLE – Review by Leslie Combemale

Starring as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Oliver Masucci is a wonder. He drags the audience through the greatest hits of Fassbinder’s relentlessly outwardly destructive and self destructive experience. The actor builds an arc of galloping self-hate, desperate flamboyance, and increasing distain for those around him that embodies and lays bare the iconoclastic director’s devolution.

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Filmmaker Nora Unkel on A NIGHTMARE WAKES and Mary Shelley – April Neale interviews (EXCLUSIVE)

A Nightmare Wakes presents a visual journey of Mary’s writing process, replete with demonic and disturbing visions and extraneous personal drama that adds to her overall melancholia. Director Nora Unkel reveals the nightmare that inspired Mary, a failed pregnancy; a complex love affair with Percy and a blending of her reality with dreamt possession and bloody imagery where we are unsure at times of what we are witnessing.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Ledisi to play Mahalia Jackson in REMEMBER ME – Brandy McDonnell reports

Grammy-nominated R&B recording artist Ledisi will again portray legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the planned biopic Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story. Ledisi previously played Jackson in the Oscar-winning 2014 fact-based film Selma, director Ava DuVernay‘s chronicle of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

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TESLA – Review by Martha K. Baker

This film biography begins with a man stroking a cat’s back, producing a spark. The petting also produces a question from the man: “Is nature a gigantic cat, and, if so, who scratches its back?” The questioner is Nikola Tesla, an inventor finally getting credit and, that, courtesy of a car bearing his name.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 31, 2020: RADIOACTIVE

In a time when we seem forced to plead with society daily to believe both women and science, the story of Marie Curie feels especially relevant, despite taking place more than a century ago. Marjane Satrapi’s Radioactive brings this fierce, opinionated, passionate woman (played powerfully by Rosamund Pike) to vivid life, chronicling how she changed the course of history with her discovery of radium.

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TESLA – Review by Carol Cling

Before Tesla the electric vehicle existed, its namesake — scientific visionary Nikola Tesla — revolutionized the notion of electrical power. But Tesla the visionary might not recognize his namesake in Tesla, the movie. His story is undoubtedly compelling. But the reticent, dreamer who inspires this cinematic vehicle often seems a bit out of place in his own movie.

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RADIOACTIVE – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Feminist, feverish and flushed with the need to achieve her destiny while overcoming the scientific patriarchy that stood in her way, Rosamund Pike’s take on Marie Curie, the Polish-born mother of radium and polonium, gives the biopic Radioactive an indelible pulse and a tartly brusque sense of purpose. That said, I haven’t felt so nervous for a character’s well-being since Nicole Kidman’s cabaret performer Satine began coughing in between pop tunes in Moulin Rouge!

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RADIOACTIVE – Review by Loren King

The film adheres to enjoyably conventional depictions of Marie Curie’s rise as a gifted, obsessed scientist who suffers no fools and wins the Nobel Prize twice, but it shifts in time and tone to also examine the future outcomes that Curie’s groundbreaking discoveries of the elements radium and polonium wrought on the world, namely, the creation of the atomic bomb.

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