DUMB MONEY (TIFF 2023) – Review by Rachel West

The year is 2020. Confined to the insides of their homes and glued to the internet for lack of anything better to do during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, one YouTube live streamer and an army of Reddit investors pushed hedge fund billionaires to the brink in the infamous GameStop Wall Street scandal. Less than three years after the real-life event, director Craig Gillespie and writers Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo bring Dumb Money, the true story of the scandal that pitted average armchair investors – so-called “dumb money” — against hedge fund managers through a grassroots investing movement.

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SPOTLIGHT October 2022: Tatiana S. Riegel, Film Editor

Editing has been called the “invisible art” because it is meant to go unnoticed. Perhaps that’s why it is a field where women were allowed to flourish from the earliest days of Hollywood. Women have consistently made up almost a third of Hollywood’s editing pool and they have excelled at the craft. Tatiana S. Riegel is a success story. She set her sights on a career in the film industry started at the very bottom and navigated her way to the top through hard work and by choosing challenging and diverse projects.

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PAM AND TOMMY – Review by Martha K Baker

You just know that, when the voice of a protagonist’s male member gets a credit in the cast list, the motion picture has the tell-tale tongue in the cheek. In eight episodes. Pam and Tommy flashes back and shreds threads of history through the Eighties and Nineties. shedding light on sleazy producers and paparazzi, celebrities, and craven criminals. The result is bright, loud, sad, vicious, painful and stupefying and worth considering as a slice of recent history and a slab of eternal misogyny.

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CRUELLA – Review by Martha K Baker

A so-called “prequel,” Cruella quotes more than it originates. Set in the punking ’70s in London, the film traces the early days of the evil-doer known as Cruella back to the time that she was Estella. Even as a child, her white and black hair symbolized her good and evil sides.

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CRUELLA – Review by Pam Grady

You’ve got to hand it to the Mouse. Disney can make a princess out of anyone, even one of its legendary villains, Cruella De Ville, a kind of hard-hearted Snow White whose Evil Queen is her designer boss, the Baroness. For those of us who grew up loathing that simpering, eventually sleeping princess, this is more like it: a princess who gives as good as she gets.

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CRUELLA – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

What’s black, white and wittily wicked fun all over? Disney’s Cruella, an origin story of the puppy-snatching villainess from the studio’s 101 Dalmatians franchise that was launched 50 years ago with the much-beloved original animated canine classic In that version, the pelt-wearing, skunk-haired crone with jutting cheekbones swanned about as she waved her cigarette holder while plotting to make a black and white fur coat from puppies.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Emma Stone Goes “Cruella”

Before she was a Golden Globe nominee for The Favourite or even an Oscar winner for La La Land, Emma Stone was reportedly set to star as a Disney villain in Cruella, a live-action origin story for 101 Dalmatians baddie Cruella De Vil. Think the Mouse House’s 2014 box-office hit Maleficent only with a fashionable fur coat instead of the horns.

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