MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 15, 2023: HO HO HOLIDAY VIEWING

December — and especially this December — is a very good time to seek a bit of seasonal levity in the form of favorite flicks for a bit of respite from the world’s worries. And so we present for your enjoyment AWFJ’s wonderfully varied list of recommended movies for your ho ho holiday viewing. The roster features romance, comedy, thrills and lots of food. Team MOTW has selected films that are upbeat, inspiring and spirited, although not all are directly connected to traditional celebrations. Wonder what’s in store?

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Eva Vitja on researching and reframing Patricia Highsmith in LOVING HIGHSMITH – Nadine Whitney interviews

Swiss filmmaker Eva Vitja Loving Highsmith takes us through the contradictions of famed but reclusive author Patricia Highsmith. Highsmith’s reputation as a difficult and anti-social woman who battled with depression and social ostracism for her sexuality and later with some deeply controversial views is given a new prism through which to view and understand Highsmith’s mercurial nature.

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AWFJ Chooses Movies with Levity for Ho Ho Holiday Viewing

December — and especially this December — is a very good time to seek a bit of seasonal levity in the form of favorite flicks. And so we present for your enjoyment AWFJ’s wonderfully varied list of recommended movies for ho ho holiday viewing. The roster features romance, comedy, thrills and lots of food. We’ve selected films that are upbeat, inspiring and spirited, although not all are directly connected to traditional celebrations. Wonder what’s in store?

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CAROL – Review by Loren King

Carol begins in the days leading to Christmas — all those reds and greens!— because the lonely season is a fitting time for two longing souls to meet and fall in love. Carol is a Christmas movie: the melancholy, the longing, the flashes of joy and anticipation, the rushes of despair. And, finally, hope — as a new year unfolds and love steps out of the shadows.

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Listening With My Heart: 16 Movies to Remember from 2015 — Chaz Ebert Comments

“Room” “99 Homes,” “He Named Me Malala,” “Miss You Already,” “Brooklyn,” “Amy,” “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Sembene!”, “Carol,” “Grandma,” “The End of The Tour,” “Son of Saul,” “Seymour,” “Inside Out,” “Where To Invade Next” and “Straight Outta Compton.”

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SPOTLIGHT Tops Annual AWFJ EDA Awards Winners 2015

SPOTLIGHT, and more SPOTLIGHT. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ members honor the fine film that celebrates the achievements of journalism with four EDA Awards. CAROL and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD get some love with two EDAs each. And the other 17 categories are claimed by a wide and surprising range of winners. See the full roster, including the AWFJ’s critical choices for best nudity and actress most in need of a new agent.

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2015 Gave Actresses Vehicles for Greatness – Jennifer Merin comments

While renowned actresses continue to demand equal pay for their work and to lobby for better representation of women on

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MUSTANG, CAROL, HUNGER GAMES, and Other Nov 20 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

>Mustang, Deniz Gamze Erguven’s compelling narrative about five adolescent sisters coming of age in repressive rural Turkey, is France’s Oscars nominee and a must see. Carol boasts brilliant performances by Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as lovers. Hunger Games comes to a quizzical conclusion. Plus documentary insights into New Yorker humor, the aftermath of war and struggle for democracy via the excellence of femme-helmed Very Semi Serious, Censored Voices and Democrats, respectively.

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