BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – Review by Susan Granger

Confession: Rock music is not my thing, so perhaps I’m the only person on the planet who didn’t know who Freddie Mercury or Queen was – until now – and Rami Malek’s magnificent performance blew me away! Named after Queen’s innovative, six-minute, genre-melding musical masterpiece, this film chronicles the rise-and-fall of the band’s flamboyant, yet enigmatic frontman.

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BECOMING ASTRID – Review by Loren King

Whether you are a fan of the beloved Pippi Longstocking tales, or know nothing about them or their author, Astrid Lindgren, Becoming Astrid is a welcome introduction. Danish director Pernille Fischer Christensen crafts an incisive, engaging portrait of the artist as a young woman, focusing on her formative years before she became an acclaimed children’s author.

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BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – Review by Martha K Baker

Bohemian Rhapsody soars like Mercury. Freddie Mercury lived boldly, brilliantly, wildly, musically, and he died far too young of complications of AIDS. In this biopic, the band, Queen, collaborated with their drama queen on the music, its presentation and its evolutions. And Bohemian Rhapsody re-vivifies the life.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 21 – August 26: Southside With You

Opening Aug. 26, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Southside with You, a love song to America’s first couple, Barack and Michelle Obama. Richard Tanne’s elegant film avoids the hagiographic, maintaining a level of calmness, and intelligence that’s buoyed by extraordinary performances from the two leads. Read on…

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