CALL JANE (Sundance FF 2022) – Review by Leslie Combemale

Call Jane is inspired by the work of the underground activist group Abortion Counseling Service of Women’s Liberationl. From 1968 to 1973, the group helped thousands of women to get pre-Roe V Wade abortions. Directed by Phillis Nagy, the film stars Elizabeth Banks as suburban housewife who becomes involved helping members of the organization, aka The Janes, after they helped her to end a life-threatening pregnancy.
Several documentaries and narratives have told the story of these women or used the organizaation as a backdrop, but Call Jane has the highest profile yet, featuring A-list talent that includes Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Chris Messina, Kate Mara, and Wunmi Mosaku.

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CALL JANE (Sundance FF 2022) – Review by Lauren Anderson

Call Jane tells the story of sisterhood among a group of women aptly called “The Janes.” They provided abortions at a time when an all-male Supreme Court forbade women from getting them legally. The film is set in the late 1960s, but the story couldn’t be more timely today with the Supreme Court considering rolling back what Roe v. Wade accomplished.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Elizabeth Banks’ Live Action on THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS – Brandy McDonnell reports

Elizabeth Banks is jumping on board Universal’s live-action adaptation of The Magic School Bus, and she will produce the movie as well as star as adventurous teacher Ms. Frizzle. Ryan Christians from Marc Platt Productions will oversee production with Sara Scott and Lexi Barta from Universal Pictures.

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BRIGHTBURN – Review by Susan Granger

Since superhero origin stories and subversive horror movies dominate the box-office, it’s not surprising that someone came up with a clever premise that combines both genres. About a dozen years ago in the rural town of Brightburn, Kansas, a childless couple – Tori (Elizabeth Banks) and Kyle (David Denman) Breyer – realize a meteor has crashed on their farm. Aboard is a healthy baby boy – a heaven-sent answer to their prayers.

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THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART – Review by Brandy McDonnell

For fans who have waited through five years and two spinoffs to find out what happened after aliens made of Duplo blocks landed in Bricksburg and declared “we are here to destwoy you,” the sequel picks up right where the first film left off and quickly constructs a whole new universe of possibilities.

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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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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 29 – July 5: MAGIC MIKE XXL

Opening July 1, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Magic Mike XXL, the follow-up to Steven Soderbergh’s surprise 2012 hit about a troupe of male strippers. Channing Tatum is back as the eponymous lead dancer, with thrilling dance moves, smooth charm and an admirable attention to friendship. Director Gregory Jacobs drives the film to one last blow-out performance. Read on…

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