FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Eight years after Mad Max: Fury Road introduced one of the most electrifying female action heroes in decades with Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa, the character returns in Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. While this prequel and origin story is quieter in some respects than the pedal-to-the-metal feel of Fury Road, it’s still an arresting post-apocalyptic adventure with a satisfying backstory that actually enriches the earlier film. From setups that pay off in Fury Road to echoes in visuals, sound, and theme, it’s a marvelous bit of filmmaking.

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THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING – Review by Martha K Baker

It is a maxim of good writing to show rather tell. That rule applies especially to telling stories. But what about a movie based on the art of story-telling? A movie is all about showing — after all, it’s called “show” business. Breaking this rule causes Three Thousand Years of Longing to be sadly mediocre.

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THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING – Review by Susan Granger

George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing delves into the thought-provoking power of fantasy and storytelling. Adapted from The Djinn and the Nightingale’s Eye, it’s scripted as a cautionary tale by director George Miller and his daughter, Augusta Gore, with exquisite vignettes, exploring themes of fate, loneliness and the universal desire for connection. With superb comedic timing, Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba play off each other perfectly.

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THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING (MIFF 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

And so, the meme-ification of Tilda Swinton continues. She can act, sure – she can act the living shit out of it – but Swinton’s star persona is surely at a point now where one finds it difficult to ever shake the presence of the actor herself, leaving the poor character she’s playing somewhere in her shadow. There’s no arguing that Swinton can act, but for myself at least, I sometimes wish I could watch a film where her star presence suffocates her characters with slightly less intensity.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 11-17: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Opening May 15, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller’s high octane reboot of his 1979 post apocalyptic action classic, with Tom Hardy taking the lead as unassuming rebel Max Rockatansky Read on…

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