THE FAVOURITE – Review by Brandy McDonnell

This is not your typical Oscar-bait historical drama, the kind with formally fancy costumes and stilted Queen’s English dialogue. Quite the opposite: “The Favourite” is an unapologetically profane, bracingly biting and wildly compelling tale of royal power plays fueled by three virtuoso women portraying refreshingly complex women.

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THE FAVOURITE – Review by Moira Sullivan

The Favourite is a tale of deception and ambition but one that is particularly cruel and vicious to women. The historical revisionism of the film while captivating is ultimately a tale of women conniving and scheming for power from a regent who is ridiculed by the men of the court.

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THE FAVOURITE – Review by Susan Granger

Greek-born director Yorgos Lanthimos’ opulent costume drama relates scandalous rumors that have circulated for years about 18th century Queen Anne, the last of the Stuart monarchs, who reportedly indulged in lesbian liaisons with two of her closest sycophants.. After losing 17 children, portly, peevish, petulant Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is no longer interested in ruling England, which is waging war with France. Instead, she’d rather eat sweets, play with her pet rabbits and dawdle with pretty young ladies.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Emma Stone Goes “Cruella”

Before she was a Golden Globe nominee for The Favourite or even an Oscar winner for La La Land, Emma Stone was reportedly set to star as a Disney villain in Cruella, a live-action origin story for 101 Dalmatians baddie Cruella De Vil. Think the Mouse House’s 2014 box-office hit Maleficent only with a fashionable fur coat instead of the horns.

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THE FAVOURITE – Review by Erica Abeel

A brash, bracing rethink of the historical costumer set in England’s 18th century court, The Favourite is far more audience friendly than the previous work of Greek auteur/provocateur Yorgos Lanthimos, whose super quirky films The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer have divided viewers. With The Favourite Lanthimos gets everyone on board in a wayward, ribald entertainment — anchored by stylish turns from Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, and Olivia Colman — that shifts women from the periphery of court intrigue to its center.

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New York Film Festival 2018 Top Female Performances – Liz Whittemore reports

NYFF is reliable in presenting meaty roles for women. This year’s notable performances include Juliette Binoche and Regina King, an actress who is often underappreciated. Also on my list are Molly Shannon, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, among others presented here in no particular order.

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NYFF18 Review: THE FAVOURITE — Martha P. Nochimson

Have you ever wondered what sexual politics would be like in a matriarchy? In their rompin’ stompin’ film, The Favourite, shown as the opening night feature for this year’s New York Film Festival, director Yorgos Lanthimos and writers Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, give you space to imaginatively explore that possibility.

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TIFF 2017: Of Evil Mothers, Courageous Women and Oscars Buzz!– Julide Tanriverdi reports

Actresses showed impressive range in a variety of roles at this year’s TIFF. Sure, people were talking about the incredible

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 22 – 29, 2017: BATTLE OF THE SEXES

motw logo 1-35Battle of the Sexes focuses on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), but the movie is about more than that hyped game. It’s about acknowledging and accepting who you are, standing up for what you believe, and using your voice to fight for people who need you. Continue reading…

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