INVASION – Review by Susan Granger

On the advice of my friend critic-turned-director Rod Lurie (The Outpost), I just caught up with the ominous sci-fi series Invasion that made its debut in 2021. This 10-episode saga begins as strange objects descend from the sky. In Oklahoma, a mysterious circular crater in a cornfield attracts the attention of retiring small-town Sheriff John Bell Tyson (Sam Neill), who is searching for meaning in his career. Everywhere, spiky, metallic, seemingly indestructible, spider-like creatures from outer space are wreaking havoc and destroying cities around the globe.

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EXTRACTION 2 – Review by Susan Granger

If you’re into brainless, mucho macho mayhem, Extraction 2 is 85% action, 15% narrative – meaning there’s lots of fighting, particularly hand-to-hand combat, even though it’s never clear how these ‘ordinary’ Eastern European men can take that much physical punishment and maintain their ruthless bravado. Australian black ops mercenary Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) is still recovering from his previous mission. Reuniting with director/stuntman Sam Hargrave, he embarks on this sequel, tracing its origins to Ande Parks’ graphic novel “Ciudad” from a story by Parks, Joe & Anthony Russo.

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EXTRACTION 2 – Review by Nadine Whitney

Director Sam Hargrave ups the ante in his sequel in every possible manner. The close and hand to hand combat is superbly choreographed and the big action beats are meatier than the first. Extraction had a famous long take one-shot and Hargrave goes one better by having at least two (if not more) with one involving a spectacular car chase. The bombast of the action scenes is admirable, and Nik finally gets her time to shine as an action heroine in her own right.

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EXTRACTION – Review by Sarah Ward

In Extraction, it’s hard to pick which is lazier: the formulaic storyline or the similarly routine dialogue. Following a troubled ex-soldier as he seeks redemption on a tricky mercenary job, this action-thriller relies heavily upon its cookie-cutter plot and hackneyed lines that feel as if they could’ve been ripped from countless other movies.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK April 12, 2019: GIRLS OF THE SUN

motw logo 1-35A determined mother prepares to battle an extremist regime in desperate hopes of finding and rescuing her young son, who was torn from her by the same oppressors who turned her into a sex slave. No, it’s not The Handmaid’s Tale — it’s director Eva Husson’s powerful Girls of the Sun, which is based on all-too-real circumstances in present-day Kurdistan.

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Didar Domehri Talks GIRLS OF THE SUN and Women’s Resilience – Roxana Hadadi interviews

Before the release of Girls of the Sun, Roxana Hadadi spoke to producer Didar Domehri (who in 2009 created her own production company Maneki Films, which produced the film) about her and Husson’s vision, how Iranian-French actress Golshifteh Farahani became attached to the project, and the film’s portrait of female resilience and unity in the face of overwhelming cruelty and hardship.

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GIRLS OF THE SUN – Review by Sheila Roberts

French filmmaker Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun is a fictional work drawn from the testimonies of real Kurdish and Yazidi women who were kidnapped, raped and brutalized by ISIS. The visceral film reveals the vile treatment they received at the hands of their captors and how they made a dangerous decision to escape and fight back.

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GIRLS IN THE SUN – Review by Cate Marquis

French director Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun (Les Filles du Soleil) is a moving wartime drama about a troupe of Kurdish women soldiers, all former captives of ISIS. Inspired by real events, the narrative centers on a Western journalist embedded with the Kurdish women and their charismatic leader Bahar, played powerfully by Golshifteh Farahani.

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