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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WEEK IN WOMEN: Pike Plays Curie in biopic RADIOACTIVE on Amazon – Brandy McDonnell reports

Rosamund Pike stars as Madame Marie Curie in Radioactive, Marjan Satrapi’s dramatic bio pic that chronicles the life and achievements of the Polish-French physicist and chemist who discovered radium and polonium, became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and became the first and only person to win the acclaimed honor twice. The highly anticipated film is releasing on Amazon Prime.

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MR JONES – Review by Kathia Woods

Mr. Jones is a timely film that focuses on a topic that we find ourselves once again grappling with: Truth in journalism. As our country is fighting for Democracy, accountability and truth, we too often find ourselves struggling to answer the question ‘how did we get here, to this troubled time in our history?’ Mr. Jones answers this question beautifully — but looking back to another troubled time in history when the subject in focus is the Soviet Union and the historic event is the Ukraine famine of 1932-33.

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