THE GRAB – Review by Liz Braun

In future, wars will be fought over food, not fuel, according a harrowing new documentary from Gabriela Cowperthwaite. The Grab is a compelling account of how global food and water supplies are quietly being bought up by various superpowers, as food insecurity threatens every corner of the planet. The storytelling is led by Nathan Halverson, a journalist working with the Center for Investigative Reporting. Halverson and his crack team of researchers/investigative journalists take a viewer around the world on a gobsmacking journey of discovery, along the way connecting climate change, dwindling resources, land acquisition, civil unrest and power-mongers of every stripe.

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Tribeca 2023 Women’s Performances To Watch – Liz Whittemore reports

The 2023 edition of The Tribeca Film Festival upped the ante for female filmmakers. Femme-centric storytelling gave us innumerable outstanding performances from women of all ages. As usual, I begin my annual roundup with the caveat that this list pertains solely to the films I watched. You can read more about the festival lineup in our collective AWFJ coverage, and it is aplenty this year. Here is my 2023 list of Women to Watch from Tribeca.

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I.S.S. (Tribeca 2023) – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

For most of its roughly 90 minutes, the sci-fi thriller I.S.S. creates a meaty, suspenseful story, exploring not aliens from other worlds but the monsters of distrust within ourselves.
The title is an acronym for the International Space Station, a real-life research facility orbiting the Earth where astronauts collaborate on research involving physics, astrobiology, and other disciplines. The station typically has a crew of seven and involves five space agencies from the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and Europe.

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OUR FRIEND – Review by Carol Cling

Too bad Charles Dickens has dibs on the title Our Mutual Friend. It would have worked perfectly for Our Friend – which played at Toronto International Film Festival 2019 as The Friend.. The latter is what Matthew Teague titled his Esquire magazine article about his wife’s losing battle with cancer – and their best friend’s role in helping them deal with the agonizing reality. This screen adaptation adaptation ricochets through the years so relentlessly you need a spreadsheet to chart who’s who, who’s where – and why they keep saying things everybody already knows.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 9 – 16: MEGAN LEAVEY

motw logo 1-35A film about a woman and a dog already has one at a distinct advantage. Critical faculties are of little avail against the soulful eyes of an adorable canine. Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s film Megan Leavey pulls at the heartstrings with near shameless abandon. Continue reading…

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