SMALLFOOT – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The Warner Animation Group movie cunningly turns the lasting legend of Bigfoot on its shaggy head with Smallfoot.. Directed and co-written by Karey Kirkpatrick (the underrated 2006 animated feature Over the Hedge), Smallfoot. transports audiences high into the Himalayas, where a village of yetis dwells in cheerful isolation.

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AMY, JACKIE & RYAN, MALA MALA and Other July 1-3 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

Three stirring documentaries top this week’s openers: Amy illuminates the tragic self destruction of legendary songstress Amy Winehouse, Mala Mala

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 29 – July 5: MAGIC MIKE XXL

Opening July 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Magic Mike XXL, the follow-up to Steven Soderbergh’s surprise 2012 hit about a troupe of male strippers. Channing Tatum is back as the eponymous lead dancer, with thrilling dance moves, smooth charm and an admirable attention to friendship. Director Gregory Jacobs drives the film to one last blow-out performance. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Feb. 2-8: JUPITER ASCENDING

Opening Feb. 6, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Jupiter Ascending, written and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas). Set in the future, it stars Milan Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a seemingly ill-fated woman whose life is changed forever by the arrival of Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered hunter. Read on…

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Kimberly Pierce Talks STOP LOSS – Jennifer Merin interviews

Kimberly Peirce’s film, Stop Loss (2008), delves into an egregious and little known policy currently affecting military personnel and their families. Soldiers who’ve completed tours of duty in Iraq are being sent back to the war zone for second and third tours, even if they don’t want to go.

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Kimberly Peirce on Directing STOP LOSS – Rebecca Murray interviews (Exclusive)

Fiercely passionate, Stop-Loss director Kimberly Peirce may be petite in size but she’s absolutely a filmmaking force to be reckoned with. Peirce’s first major film was the critically acclaimed drama Boys Don’t Cry, based on the true story of transgender teen Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank earned her first Oscar for playing Brandon). Now after an eight-year gap in feature film directing, Peirce turns her attention to an equally emotional and hard-hitting story. Stop-Loss exposes a policy employed by the United States government to keep men and women whose tours of duty are over from leaving the military service. Starring two of Hollywood’s hottest young actors – Ryan Phillippe and Channing Tatum – Stop-Loss focuses on how being forced into another deployment in Iraq affects Sgt Brandon King (played by Phillippe).

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