NUDE TUESDAY (Tribeca 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

While Jemaine Clement may be the big name draw card to Nude Tuesday, it is fellow New Zealander Jackie van Beek who grants the film the spectacular oomph required to pull this nice little sex comedy off so convincingly. Along with Madeleine Sami, van Beek of course co-directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the best romcom of recent years, The Breaker Upperers, and Nude Tuesday provides a satisfying return for those of us who have been waiting to see what else she could cook up. Along with director Armağan Ballantyne – who is certainly a force to be reckoned with in her own right, based on her 2009 debut feature The Strength of Water alone – all the pieces are here to make Nude Tuesday a real treat.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 5, 2020: JUDY & PUNCH

Moody and revisionist, Mirrah Foulkes’ dark dramedy Judy & Punch speculates about the story behind the classic British puppet show. In the process, it ably explores the important and ageless themes of artistic talent, revenge, superstition, allyship, and domestic violence, all wrapped up in lush cinematography and lavish production design.

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JUDY & PUNCH – Review by Liz Whittemore

The synthesized version of period music played over the opening scene sets the tone for a film that is dark and twisted in ways you will never see coming. Utilizing the theatrical hysteria and absurdity of the time period, the script dives deeper into fear and mythology and superbly plays with the superstitions about life and death.

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JUDY & PUNCH – Review by Leslie Combemale

A fresh and decidedly feminist take on the classic 16th century puppet show Punch and Judy, Judy & Punch is alternately gorgeous and lyrical, and excruciating to watch. First-time feature director and screenwriter Mirrah Foulkes is coming in hot, with fearless, bracing scenes that will long be etched into viewers’ memories, crafting a very Grimm tale of the ‘woman behind the man’.

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