HILLBILLY ELEGY – Review by Martha K Baker

“Poverty porn” suffuses Hillbilly Elegy as does self-aggrandizement (see the cards and rotogravure with the credits). Hillbilly Elegy skims the surface of the book to focus on family more than politics, resulting in a tolerable film. Thankfully, it’s not Hee-Haw, but it’s not Barbara Kopple’s iconic documentary, Harlan County, U.S.A. either.

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HILLBILLY ELEGY – Review by Susan Granger

J.D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis is about his chaotic childhood. It’s been termed “poverty porn,” detailing his mother’s chronic drug addiction, pivoting from personal “down home” recollections to inevitable culture clashes. In the film adaptation, it comes across as a family drama, a resonant slice of rural Americana.

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HILLBILLY ELEGY – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

When J.D. Vance’s 2016 memoir, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, landed on best-seller lists just months before Donald J. Trump would become our 45th president, it was treated like portal into the mind set of those in the disenfranchised white underclass who supported him.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Glenn Close to Star in SUNSET BOULEVARD Musical – Brandy McDonnell reports

The eighth time might be the charm for Glenn Close at the 2020 Academy Awards. The seven-time Oscar nominee will star in Paramount’s big-screen version of the Broadway musical adaptation of the screen classic Sunset Boulevard, reprising the role she’s played twice on Broadway in productions that were more than 20 years apart.

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Celebrating the Women Behind THE WIFE — Jeanne Wolf reports (Exclusive)

The Wife is coming home — which means, of course, that the award-winning film is releasing on home video, making it more readily available to the wider range of viewers who should see it. It’s a film that celebrates the strength of its central female character, and the DVD release is a good time to celebrate the women who brought the compelling story to the big screen.

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THE WIFE – Review by Susan Granger

Six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close opens the Oscar race with a stunning portrayal of a long-suffering woman who’s fed up with standing in her celebrated husband’s shadow. Her symbiotic story begins with the Castlemans in bed. Joan (Glenn Close) and her husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) are eagerly awaiting an early morning phone call that confirms he’s won the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 17, 2018: THE WIFE

motw logo 1-35Glenn Close delivers a brilliant performance in Bjorn Runge’s The Wife. Based on Meg Wolitzer’s eponymous novel about the wife of a newly minted Nobel Prize-winning writer, this closely observed drama follows Close’s Joan and her husband, Joe (Jonathan Pryce), as they travel to Stockholm for his anointing — but will their marriage survive the trip?

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