THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Review by Susan Granger

Best known for his sharp, perceptive dialogue, peppered with succinct soliloquies, writer/director Aaron Sorkin has crafted a timely, yet talky tale, utilizing flashbacks and newsreel footage. Free speech and demonstration are interpreted as lawless rioting with the government and its supporters expressing complete faith in the police. Perhaps Sasha Baron-Cohen’s Abbie Hoffman puts it best: “The institutions of government are wonderful things, but right now are populated by some terrible people.”

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Review by Martha K Baker

Those who did not live through the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968 or follow coverage of the trial of seven men, the excellent film, The Trial of the Chicago Seven will read as incredible. Just unbelievable. For starters, men accused of being in a conspiracy had never met before that August. For another, a judge appeared to be unqualified at least, viciously loony-tunes at most.

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THE AERONAUTS – Review by Diane Carson

Some breathtaking events seem absolutely perfect for film, and that is certainly true for The Aeronauts. Set in 1862 England, the suspenseful, thrilling story goes with James Glaisher and Emilia Wren, adventurers determined to advance science and meteorology while also setting a new altitude record for a gas balloon, above 36,000 feet, with no auxiliary, pressurized breathing apparatus.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, November 14 – November 18: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

If anyone knows a thing or two about beasts and monsters, it is J.K. Rowling. Opening Nov. 18, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Read on….

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JUPITER ASCENDING – Review by Susan Granger

Inanely scripted by Neville Kiser and flamboyantly directed by brother-and-sister Andrew and Lana Wachowski, Jupiter Ascending is a ludicrously pulpy ‘lust in space’ saga, studded with elaborately vivid, eye-popping visual effects more suited to video games. There’s even a cameo with “Brazil” director Terry Gilliam. Poor Eddie Redmayne – brilliant as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” – whispers his malevolence; he must be praying that Oscar voters don’t see this debacle before they cast their ballots. Read on….

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Feb. 2-8: JUPITER ASCENDING

Opening Feb. 6, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Jupiter Ascending, written and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas). Set in the future, it stars Milan Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a seemingly ill-fated woman whose life is changed forever by the arrival of Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered hunter. Read on…

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