THE AVIARY – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

​Blair and Jillian are on the run, on foot, trying to escape the New Mexico desert. Desperate and disoriented, they are fleeing a cult called Skylight. This is no reductive “girl power” love-in. The relationship between the two women is complex, difficult, and at times very, very dark. A nice lesson in showing how with a good idea and solid talent you can do a lot with a little, The Aviary is a satisfying watch that packs a nice solid punch.

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THE AVIARY – Review by Lauren Anderson

In a tale of twists, sisterhood, and triumph, two women join forces to escape the sinister cult Skylight in The Aviary. Formerly trapped at Skylight’s isolated desert campus the Aviary, Jillian (Malin Akerman) and Blair (Lorenza Izzo) make their escape into the desert. While they only planned to be out in the wilderness for three days, they quickly start to become consumed by paranoia.

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CALL JANE (Sundance FF 2022) – Review by Leslie Combemale

Call Jane is inspired by the work of the underground activist group Abortion Counseling Service of Women’s Liberationl. From 1968 to 1973, the group helped thousands of women to get pre-Roe V Wade abortions. Directed by Phillis Nagy, the film stars Elizabeth Banks as suburban housewife who becomes involved helping members of the organization, aka The Janes, after they helped her to end a life-threatening pregnancy.
Several documentaries and narratives have told the story of these women or used the organizaation as a backdrop, but Call Jane has the highest profile yet, featuring A-list talent that includes Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Chris Messina, Kate Mara, and Wunmi Mosaku.

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CALL JANE (Sundance FF 2022) – Review by Lauren Anderson

Call Jane tells the story of sisterhood among a group of women aptly called “The Janes.” They provided abortions at a time when an all-male Supreme Court forbade women from getting them legally. The film is set in the late 1960s, but the story couldn’t be more timely today with the Supreme Court considering rolling back what Roe v. Wade accomplished.

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THE SECRETS WE KEEP – Review by Martha K Baker

One of the first clues that the film exceeds the definition of escapist, creepy thriller is the cast. Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, and Chris Messina took Yuval Adler’s script and sounded its depths with commitment. Rapace and Messina play Maja and Lewis, married parents of a boy. Kinnaman’s character is nameless but not blameless.

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THE SECRETS WE KEEP – Review by Lois Alter Mark

It feels wrong to criticize a movie that’s focused on punishing Nazis so, instead, let’s just say you need to go deeply into suspend disbelief mode to really appreciate this revenge thriller. The Secrets We Keep raises some thought-provoking and fascinating points about vengeance, forgiveness and redemption. And about never really knowing the people who live down the street – or in your own house.

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SHE DIES TOMORROW- review by Liz Whittemore

In Amy Seimetz’s newest film, sadness is palpable. That really is the entire premise of the film. The idea of impending death spreads like a disease. Hauntingly scored, She Dies Tomorrow puts you into a state of foreboding from the very first image.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Jan. 19-25: CAKE

Opening Jan. 23, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston as a troubled woman who becomes obsessed with the suicide of a young woman from her local support group. Read on…

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