AS THEY MADE US – Review by April Neale

As They Made Us is an emotionally resonating and deeply piercing film about learning to forgive, accepting that your parents are flawed human beings just as anyone else, and becoming more strengthened and wiser as you make your way in life, a finite journey for us all. Director Mayim Bialik’s intimate dramedy is a filmed snapshot of a dysfunctional family’s journey at the end of life. Bialik’s film underscores that time will heal, that having an adult understanding of the hurts we bury deep in our psyche is not our fault. And that letting go and forgetting past injuries to the heart and soul sometimes can be the best medicine anyone will take.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 5-11: CHEF

Opening May 9, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Chef, a deliciously funny comedy written, directed and starring Jon Favreau. It’s a return to roots for the indie filmmaker, who wrote and starred in “Swingers.” Serving up the laughs alongside Favreau is an impressive supporting cast including Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr., the red-hot Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara and Bobby Cannavale. Read on…

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