STILL WORKING 9 TO 5 – Review by Jennifer Green

It’s been just over 40 years since the comedy 9 to 5 premiered to unexpected success in the US. Meanwhile, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the first introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) bill to Congress. A new documentary ties these two milestones together in an engaging exploration of the making of that pioneering film and its connection to the women’s rights movement of the 1970s through today. Though there were 20 million women in the workforce in those days, the documentary notes, stories about female office workers were rare in popular culture. The time was ripe for the project, which cast its leads before it was even written.

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LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE – Review by Martha K Baker

Rob Epstein, who directed The Celluloid Closet, among other award-winning documentaries, adds nothing to the art form of the documentary film with “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.” All Epstein does with this exquisite documentary is provide a platform for that sound. And, in this case, it’s enough, for that voice has been silenced.

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SPOTLIGHT March 2019: Patricia Resnick, Screenwriter

Screenwriter Patricia Resnick is an ardent feminist. “I say to male friends and family members, if 95 percent of movies and television about men were written and directed by women, would you not think that would be a skewed view of men? That’s what we live with. I know there’s more of a fight now for female directors but it also needs to be a fight for female writers and female show runners.”

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DUMPLIN’ – Review by Lois Alter Mark

A movie called Dumplin’ could go either way but, thanks to an appealing cast and feel-good message, this one is a winner. Despite the fact that her mom is former beauty queen, plus-size teen Willowdean is comfortable in her own skin. She enters the local Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant, becoming a role model for other unlikely entrants.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 14, 2018: DUMPLIN’

motw logo 1-30Set to a peppy, empowering soundtrack of Dolly Parton hits, director Anne Fletcher’s Dumplin’ is an appealing coming-of-age dramedy about a plus-sized teen who confronts stereotypes — and her own rocky relationship with her beauty queen mother — head-on by entering a small-town Texas pageant. Willowdean “Will” Dickson (Danielle Macdonald) loves her mom, Rosie (Jennifer Aniston), but they couldn’t be more different.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: 9 TO 5 sequel, ‘CHARLIE’S ANGELS’ reboot, RGB and OCEAN’S 8 to DCD — Brandy McDonnell

The hours may be different these days, but Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton are going back to work

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