Oscars 2017: A Compendium of AWFJ Members’ Views — Jennifer Merin reports

Our goal is to present a compendium of AWFJ members’ perspectives on Oscars 2017. Not surprisingly, the views vary widely

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AWFJ Movie of the Week January 20-27, 2017: 2OTH CENTURY WOMEN

Director Mike Mills’ new film 20TH Century Women has been described as a love letter to his mother. But it is also a portrait of a time and place, and a collection of people perched on the edge of change.Opening January 20, 2017, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is 20th CENTURY WOMEN. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 13 – January 20, 2017: 13TH

Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th, using the 13th Amendment as a point of departure for a revealing investigation of mass incarceration in the US, is a history lesson, cinema essay and cogent, irrefutable indictment of economic and cultural policies that are the enduring legacy of slavery. The 13th was the first nonfiction film to open the New York Film Festival. It has garnered numerous awards and is shortlisted for an Academy Award. AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The 13th, playing at select theaters and on Netflix. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 24 – July 30: EQUITY

Opening July 16, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Equity, the new film from Meera Menon (Farrah Goes Bang) which shines a damning light on what it means to be female in the cut-throat world of Wall Street. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, April 25 – May 1: KEANU

Opening April 29, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Keanu, the new comedy from director Peter Antencio (TV’s Key and Peele about two friends who attempt to recover a stolen kitten by posing as drug dealers for a street gang. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 15-19: RACE

Opening Feb. 19, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Race, a long overdue biopic about Jesse Owens, the legendary Olympian who broke not only set track and field records but challenged the racism that that permeated the sport. The film, directed by Stephen Hopkins and co-written by Anna Waterhouse and Schrapnel, follow’s Owens’ evolution as a racer, leading up to the 1936 Olympics, when he had to decide whether it was nobler to boycott Hitler’s spectacle or race to win it. The story is gripping, and Stephan James, starring as Owens, brilliantly fills the athletes huge shoes. Read on…

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