NORTH OF NORMAL – Review by Liz Braun

North of Normal is a coming-of-age drama based on the 2014 bestselling memoir of the same name by Cea Sunrise Person. It is the story of childhood in a wildly dysfunctional family and of complicated relationships in general, and filmmaker Carly Stone offers a sensitive take on the tale with a compassionate look at all its characters and terrific performances bringing those characters to life. It’s an intimate and heartfelt portrait of one woman’s journey to security and self-reliance

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LX 2048 – Review by Susan Granger

It’s the year 2048 and mankind still hasn’t figured out if there’s life after death. But there is a new insurance program called Premium 3 for parents of three children or more. If you or your spouse dies during child-rearing years, a clone will take your place. Not only will this clone will have all the memories and knowledge to raise your children but the surviving spouse can ‘tailor’ it to preferred specifications – making it “better.”

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MADE IN ITALY – Review by April Neale

James D’Arcy’s filmmaking debut is a lilting and lighthearted look at a father and son coming together after they’ve been estranged for some time. If you want to get lost in a lovely and moving little film, Made In Italy is a comforting bowl of risotto with extra butter and Parmesan, decidedly simple, and filling.

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MADE IN ITALY – Review by Martha K Baker

Do not confuse Made in Italy with The Burnt Orange Heresy. Yes, both are set in beautiful, sunny Italy and both are about art and artists and art dealers. Whereas The Burnt Orange Heresy centers on stealing and head trips, Made in Italy focuses on an estranged widower and his motherless son’s finding each other.

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MADE IN ITALY – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

Liam Neeson, best known as the tough guy with the “special set of skills” in actioners like Taken, Run All Night and Non-Stop, shows a softer and more compassionate side in his latest movie Made in Italy. Directed and written by actor James D’Arcy (Avengers: Endgame and Dunkirk), Made in Italy is a slow moving, yet gripping drama set in beautiful Tuscany, Italy.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Feb. 2-8: JUPITER ASCENDING

Opening Feb. 6, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Jupiter Ascending, written and directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas). Set in the future, it stars Milan Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a seemingly ill-fated woman whose life is changed forever by the arrival of Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered hunter. Read on…

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