WEEK IN WOMEN: Dee Rees’ MUDBOUND gets Criterion Blu-ray/DVD release – Brandy McDonnell reports

Writer-director Dee Rees‘ groundbreaking 2017 Oscar-nominated drama Mudbound is getting a new Blu-ray and DVD release through The Criterion Collection. Although it didn’t win any Oscars, Mudbound achieved multiple breakthrough nominations for the 90th Academy Awards.

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THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

For most of her adult life, Helena has felt cleaved in two, unsure of where she belongs. In one of the more powerful moments from The Marsh King’s Daughter, Daisy Ridley as Helena stands illuminated in headlights, detailing the homemade tattoos her father gave her as a child when they lived off the grid. He marked her first kill of a deer on her neck. Her first miss on her forearm. Dotted her cheeks to represent tears, so she’d never cry in front of him. Based on Karen Dionne’s best-selling book of the same name, the film The Marsh King’s Daughter feels unsure as well. It’s part psychological drama, part thriller, but not an effective whole.

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DIRT MUSIC – Review by April Neale

Dirt Music would have made a brilliant TV series, there is so much character and backstory to unpack. That is the biggest criticism for this epic love triangle set in the sweeping expanse of arid Western Australia. Placed in the right hands, it could have been the next Netflix hit potboiler — the Ozark of Australia.

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BURDEN – Review by Martha K Baker

One of the many aspects of “Burden” worthy of attention is that it’s set in 1996. Writer/Director Andrew Heckler based the script on a report in real life about Klu Klux Klansmen. Not in the 19th century or even in the 1950s when all those Confederate statues were erected to intimidate African-Americans. 1996.

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