THE FIRST OMEN – Review by Nadine Whitney

Arkasha Stevenson’s 1971 set The Omen prequel is a gloriously gothic vision mixed with genuine body horror and dark critique of extended abuse in the Catholic Church, and it is sophisticated and chilling. Two characters return from the original film. Father Brennan (originally played by Patrick Troughton and here played by Ralph Ineson) and Father Spiletto. Otherwise, The First Omen written by Ben Jacoby is mostly an original beast which plays with the lore set out by Seltzer but does so in a manner more punishing and psychologically sadistic than any of the films since the original.

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FANNY LYE DELIVER’D – Review by Marina Antunes

Maxine Peake and Charles Dance star as Fanny and John Lye, Puritans who live with their young son Arthur, on a remote farm in the English countryside. John spends his time overseeing the day-to-day operation and a strict religious home while Fanny toils ceaselessly to serve her husband and son — until unexpected visitors upend their lives..

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 1-7: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

Opening February 5, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s popular novel, which envisions Jane Austen’s classic playing out in a world populated by the living dead. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, March 30-April 5, 2015: WOMAN IN GOLD

Opening April 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Woman in Gold, director Simon Curtis’ follow-up to 2011’s My Week With Marilyn. It stars Helen Mirren as real-life Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, in later life, fought to recover family artwork stolen by the Nazis.

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