BOOK CLUB: THE NEXT CHAPTER – Review by Susan Granger

Club: The Next Chapter – lazy screenwriting undercuts the best intentions of a quartet of highly competent actresses who have – collectively – earned four Oscars, six Emmys and 13 Golden Globes. This sequel to the 2018 Book Club comedy reunites Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as lifelong friends who decide to celebrate the end of their zoom calls during the pandemic quarantine with a fun-filled trip to Tuscany. These talented sightseers deserve better than this briefly anecdotal fluff, filled with clichéd PG-13 double entendres.

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BOOK CLUB: THE NEXT CHAPTER – Review by Nadine Whitney

The overall romanticism of the film will work for some audiences, and where the comedy is obvious there are moments that are generally delightful. Director Bill Holderman and Erin Simms’ original script for Book Club wasn’t groundbreaking, but it was something that really cared about giving older women some form of empowerment. Their work on Book Club: The Next Chapter seems more focused on cashing in on the success of the first film than really investigating the lives of the women they had the audience invest in the first time around. Beautiful scenery and accomplished actors pulls Book Club: The Next Chapter over the line, and it will charm a certain demographic, but it is a disappointing sequel to Book Club and its by-the-numbers approach really doesn’t do anyone any favors.

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MACK & RITA – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

The feather-light comedy Mack & Rita is a diverting and sweet take on self-acceptance that’s content to bask in the company of the individualistic Diane Keaton. At 76, Keaton is as endearing as her character thinks she’s awkward. She ambles into a Pilates studio with a long patterned coat, sparkly tam, and pink shoes, playing off being the oldest woman in the room. She burps over jumbo shrimp, then goes back for seconds. She thinks out loud, stringing what might be blunt or contradictory thoughts together, before getting behind one wholeheartedly

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Katie Aselton on MACK & RITA, Diane Keaton and Collaboration – Nell Minow interviews

Katie Aselton is the director of the body-switching comedy Mack & Rita, about a 30-year-old who wishes she was 70 and is somehow transformed into Diane Keaton. In an interview she talked about how old she feels, directing Keaton (who played her mother in the film, Book Club), and why her favorite part of making movies is collaboration.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Keaton, Midler, Hawn Reunite for FAMILY JEWELS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn will reunite on the big screen for the first time since 1996’s First Wives Club in the yuletide comedy Family Jewels. The dynamic trio of iconic performers will star as three women spending Christmas together, along with their kids and grandkids, after the man they were all once married to dies in a New York City department store.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Writers Guild Honors Nancy Meyers – Brandy McDonnell reports

Trailblazing screenwriter, director and producer Nancy Meyers, who has created such memorable hit films as Private Benjamin, Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated and The Holiday has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s 2020 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 13 – June 19: FINDING DORY

Opening June 17, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Finding Dory, Pixar’s long awaited sequel to their 2003 hit animation Finding Nemo, which places Nemo’s forgetful blue fish friend Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) at the centre of the action Read on…

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