THE HIGH NOTE – Review by Lois Alter Mark

After seeing the trailer for the dozenth time, I admit I didn’t have high hopes for The High Note, which looked like generic rom-com-ish fluff. But, thanks to solid performances by Tracee Ellis Ross, Dakota Johnson, Kelvin Harrison, Jr. and Ice Cube, the movie rises above its genre to become truly compelling.

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THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – Review by Susan Granger

Now that Hollywood is striving for more inclusion, audiences can see stories about those who, previously, were shunted to the sidelines – like Zack Gottsagen, who has Down syndrome. After writer/directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz met Gottsagen at a symposium for disabled actors, they created this film about a young man with Down syndrome who is determined to pursue his dream of attending pro-wrestling school.

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THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – Review by Diane Carson

Inspired by their friendship with Zack Gottsagen, a young man (twenty-two) with Down syndrome, writers/directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz knew they had to make a movie honoring Zack. As some previous efforts featuring differently abled individuals have shown, it isn’t easy to avoid patronizing or sentimentalizing the subject, plus Nilson and Schwartz had never made a film.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, February 8-14: HOW TO BE SINGLE

Opening February 12, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is How To Be Single, the new female-centric comedy from director Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie) featuring a stellar ensemble cast of some of today’s greatest young actresses. Read on…

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