FIRST MAN – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The movie’s pre-release controversy over Chazelle’s decision not to include a scene of Armstrong planting an American flag on the Moon – which in the context of the film would be incredibly out of place – illustrates just how valuable what the filmmaker is doing with “First Man”: allowing us to know one of our most revered American icons as someone who was a man, first.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 5 – December 9, 2016: La La Land

La La Land, the latest from director Damien Chazelle, is an homage to the acid-bright technicolor extravaganzas of old Hollywood. Romantic and swoony to be sure, but leavened with a modernist twist that cuts the schmaltz. Opening Dec. 9, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is La La Land. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Oct. 6-12: WHIPLASH

Opening Oct. 10, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Whiplash, which stars Miles Teller as an aspiring drummer whose passion for music is put to the test when he enrolls in a prestigious New York academy and comes up against a sadistic tutor (JK Simmons). It’s taken just a year for writer/director Damien Chazelle to adapt his Sundance winning short into a feature, and the result is a passionate, inspiring look at the true cost of artistic ambition. Read on…

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