TRANSATLANTIC – Review by Susan Granger

Set in 1940, the Netflix series Transatlantic follows activist journalist Varian Fry (Cory Michael Smith), who flew to the port city of Marseilles with a list of endangered European artists and intellectuals to save from Nazi imprisonment. Functioning under the aegis of the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC), Fry tried to work within France’s strict bureaucracy, obtaining legal visas as quickly as possible without endangering America’s isolationist position of neutrality.

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THE SEVEN FACES OF JANE – Review by Rachel West

In The Seven Faces of Jane, eight directors and eleven screenwriters tell a story about the titular Jane (Gillian Jacobs) as she goes about the course of her week after dropping her young daughter off at camp. The catch is that each of the filmmakers has imagined an entirely different day – and different Jane – to tell their story, not knowing what events come before or after their chapter. Though an innovative and interesting approach, the results are a confusing mishmash that doesn’t quite work to tell a coherent story.

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I USED TO GO HERE – Review by Pamela Powell

Chicago writer and director Kris Rey’s “I Used to Go Here” depicts Chicagoan Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) as a mediocre author who has published her first book to less than favorable reviews. However, a former writing professor, David at Southern Illinois University Carbondale invites her to speak at her alma mater. Boosted slightly by this, Kate returns, but soon finds herself enmeshed in students’ lives, reliving her past and coming to terms with her present and her future.

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I USED TO GO HERE – Review by Carol Cling

Contrary to conventional wisdom, you can go home again. But you might not feel at home when you get there. That’s the premise — and, ultimately, the point — of I Used to Go Here, writer-director Kris Rey’s genial, generally insightful character study of a flailing writer whose return to her small-town alma mater provides a temporary escape from her collapsing life.

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I USED TO GO HERE (SXSW2020) – Review by Nell Minow

Imagine visiting the house where you lived as a child and standing next to the marks on the doorway where your parents measured your growth each year. All around us are invisible marks that measure where we are and every so often, usually unexpectedly, we get a chance to see exactly how far we have — and haven’t gone. Whether we want to or not.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1: BLACK OR WHITE

Opening Jan. 30, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Black or White, which stars Kevin Costner as a grieving widower fighting for custody of his granddaughter, who he has helped to raise since birth. Read on…

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