PLAYERS – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Players stars Gina Rodriguez as Mack, who writes about local sports for a Brooklyn-based newspaper. Her three loyal guy friends love her for coming up with plays to score them one-night stands There’s no harm, no foul to these antics, she says, since everyone who falls for these enjoys a fantasy. The script by Whit Anderson has some raunchy dialogue but little humor, and Mack’s machinations become tedious, along with the pacing, which might send some viewers looking for the seventh inning stretch. Overall, while it’s refreshing to see a female protagonist who enjoys sex, Players strikes out.

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PARACHUTE (SXSW2023)- Review by Diane Carson

When director Brittany Snow introduced the SXSW world premiere of her directorial debut film Parachute, she acknowledged its autobiographical elements. As co-writer, along with Becca Gleason, Snow delivers an honest representation of what too many women in our appearance obsessed society find impossible to avoid; that is, comparison to other women perceived always as more perfect resulting in harmful emotional and physical denigration of self, too often leading to eating disorders.

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April Wright chats STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

April Wright’s Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story covers a topic that needs both awareness and recognition. Based on Mollie Gregory’s eponymous nonfiction book, the documentary is a historical look at female stuntwomen, with a modern take on today’s filmmaking environment, in which stunt coordinators rehearse multiple viewpoints of a stunt, mapping out all of the moves before the camera begins to roll.

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