DON’T WORRY DARLING – Review by Susan Granger

If there’s truth in the old adage that any publicity is good publicity, Don’t Worry Darling should blast off at the box-office. After its Venice Film Festival premiere, salacious buzz about the psychological thriller centered on rumors about tension between director Olivia Wilde and star Florence Pugh. This is Wilde’s second directorial effort. Problem is: there are too many intriguing yet meaningless distractions that dilute what should have been a provocative payoff.

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Telluride Film Fest 2022: A Woman’s Wrap – Diane Carson reports

Over Labor Day weekend, the 49th Telluride Film Festival presented thought-provoking films to its full complement of attendees, a nice rebound from the all-mask 2021 event. As always, no one could come close to seeing all the enticing films on offer, so tough choices and constant second guessing rules. This year women directed and dominated exceptionally strong selections that tell stories of quite different time periods and subjects. Intelligently and insightfully observing internal and external struggles, revealing the specificity of contemporary and historical pressures (so remarkably relevant today), the fest’s films reached out and inspired as they informed. We are, indeed, a global community.

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SPOTLIGHT December 2021: Ari Wegner, Cinematographer, THE POWER OF THE DOG and ZOLA

While she won’t speculate on her own awards prospects, Ari Wegner recently told me how happy she is to see the way women are now being more welcomed in the field of cinematography. She hopes this will continue to increase as female DPs start to see the recognition that has eluded them for so long. She discusses both the art and science of filmmaking with such a degree of passion and poetry, that her love for the medium is contagious. She is a leader, a champion, and a gifted artist, giving the world not only beautiful images, but a sense of hope and fascination too.

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BLACK WIDOW – Review by Leslie Combemale

There are a number of derivative story elements, but they are packaged in a new and empowering way, even as they stretch our suspension of disbelief to a near-breaking point. Who am I kidding? Marvel is fantasy. Natasha is a super soldier in a world where she’s friends with a Norse God, a man who shrinks to the size of an atom, and a dude who woke up after being frozen in ice for over 50 years.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 9, 2021: BLACK WIDOW

Fun on fairly standard action flick level. but look a little deeper, and you’ll see that Cate Shortland is telling a story about women’s agency and right to choose. Not every woman can stick up for herself with knives and acrobatic fight moves, but we can all speak up for our sisters and stand by their side when they need our help. Or a helicopter to fly.

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BLACK WIDOW – Review by Jennifer Merin

Cate Shortland’s directorial perspective and prowess are evident in every frame of Black Widow. She has not only created a beautifully crafted and technically impressive flick, she’s planted seeds for serious thought and discourse that make Black Widow meaningful and memorable. You don’t need to be an MCU aficionado to enjoy Black Widow, and it may not make an MCU devotee of you, but film has sufficient substance to maybe make you want to watch it twice.

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BLACK WIDOW -Review by Pam Grady

Aussie director Cate Shortland (Lore, Berlin Syndrome) proves a capable hand at the rock-em-sock-em action; explosive; outsized violence; and huge dollops of humor that mark the Marvel universe as she brings Black Widow‘s saga to a satisfying close and introduces a new bad-ass superheroine in Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Florence Pugh Cast in Olivia Wilde’s DON’T WORRY DARLING – Brandy McDonnell reports

Oscar nominee Florence Pugh been cast in actor/director Olivia Wilde’s upcoming 1950s period film Don’t Worry Darling. Pugh will star as a housewife who discovers an unsettling truth about her seemingly ideal life in an utopian community in the California desert.

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