DON’T LOOK UP – Review by Lauren Anderson

Don’t Look Up is a whirlwind of a movie. The Adam McKay film follows Kate Dibiasky and Dr. Mindy, two astronomers, who find themselves at the center a media frenzy while they’re attempting to warn mankind of a massive comet that’s hurtling towards Earth. While the narrative of this movie is intended to be humorous, it’s also eerily reflective of the way humanity could react if something like this were actually to happen.

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NIGHTMARE ALLEY – Reviewed by T. J. Callahan

Nightmare Alley is the remake of a 1947 noir thriller that starred that swashbuckling heartthrob, Tyrone Power. Bradley Cooper steps into the role trying his best to be wickedly suave as a carny with a murderous past who learns the tricks of the traveling sideshow trade to swindle the rich as a manipulating mind reader. He’s a high plains drifter grifter.

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NIGHTMARE ALLEY – Review by Diane Carson

A remake of director Edmund Goulding’s shattering and, at the time, shockingly macabre 1947 noir Nightmare Alley may not seem the least bit necessary. But the imaginative Guillermo del Toro, with a screenplay by him and Kim Morgan, proves that this grim story still delivers a powerful experience and a weighty warning in his compelling, superbly cinematic reinterpretation.

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DON’T LOOK UP – Review by Martha K Baker

The title is ironic. The idea is to look up. Up there, a comet is coming this way, and it will destroy the Earth and its denizens. That’s the prediction of two astronomers, Dr. Randall Mindy and his colleague, Kate Dibiasky, still earning her doctorate (an academic point made clear in every introduction). They are Spartans at Michigan State University. Read: low-level. Read: Midwest. Which is why the President herself decrees: “Let’s get some Ivy Leaguers in here.”

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Blanchett’s Dirty Films inks first-look with New Republic – Brandy McDonnell reports

Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blachett has inked a first-look feature film production deal for her Dirty Films production company with New Republic Pictures, headed by Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer. Oliver, who received a Best Picture Academy Award nod in 2011 for Black Swan, formed New Republic in 2017. The company was big in the mix in this year’s Oscars, having backed the films 1917 and Rocketman last year.

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STATELESS – Review by Martha K Baker

Stateless universalizes a true story from Australia’s recent history: there’s no way to watch it without thinking of the cages on America’s border with Mexico or the countless Syrian refugees. Stateless builds and builds as it tells a very painful, very needed, truly inspired story of the boundaries of land and law.

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MRS. AMERICA – Review by Susan Granger

It’s fascinating how many young people have never heard of Phyllis Schlafly and how many older folk have forgotten her grassroots opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment back in the 1970s. It’s dauntingly relevant to realize that – a century after female suffrage became the law of the land – there’s still no constitutional ban on discrimination against women.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Dahvi Waller Premieres MRS. AMERICA on FX/Hulu – Brandy McDonnell reports

Primetime Emmy-winning writer and producer Dahvi Waller, whose premier previous credits include Mad Men and Halt and Catch Fire was looking for an intriguing angle to delve into 1970s feminism, and she found it in Mrs. America.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Cate Blanchett, President of Venice International Film Fest Jury – Brandy McDonnell reports

Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett will serve as the president of the international jury of the competition at the 77th Venice International Film Festival in September. Led by the Australian actor/producer, the jury will decide on the Golden Lion for best film and other awards.

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