WEEK IN WOMEN: Focus Features to release Amy Winehouse biopic – Brandy McDonnell reports

Focus Features will release “Back to Black,” the anticipated biopic of the late Grammy winner Amy Winehouse, in U.S. theaters on May 10. Back to Black is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson from a script written by Matt Greenhalgh, following their successful collaboration on Nowhere Boy in 2009. Back to Black is billed as a never-before-seen glimpse into Winehouse’s early rise to fame and the release of her groundbreaking studio album “Back to Black.” Told from the singer-songwriter’s perspective, the film is meant to be “an unapologetic look at the woman behind the phenomenon and the relationship that inspired one of the most legendary albums of all time.”

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LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER – Review by Diane Carson

What distinguishes Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s new version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover is her explicit portrayal of overpowering female lust, along with explosive issues still relevant. They include: class divisions, male dominance and victimization of workers, and subservience of women through control of their bodies and behavior, in part because of gossip, ostracism, and shame. In addition, multiple dysfunctional relationships contrast with Lady Chatterley and Oliver, who himself has an ex-wife demanding financial support.

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LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER – Review by Rachel West

French actress-turned-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre (The Mustang) delivers an affair to remember in her new Netflix adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s classic tale. The film succeeds on the red-hot chemistry between leads Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell in the (many) sex scenes. While mostly faithful to Lawrence’s novel and even previous adaptations, de Clermont-Tonnerre films the story from Connie’s point of view, as a journey of personal erotic awakening.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 9 – May 15: MONEY MONSTER

Opening May 13, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Money Monster, the new thriller from director Jodie Foster starring George Clooney as a financial TV host whose studio is taken hostage by an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) looking for answers. Read on…

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