HALFTIME (Tribeca 2022) – Review by Valerie Kafrin

The Netflix documentary Halftime peeks into the whirlwind life of global superstar Jennifer Lopez—but don’t expect to get too close. “One of the things that I’m proud of is that I’m able to hold it together in front of everybody without anybody knowing how I feel,” she tells the filmmakers. Earlier, she says that she doesn’t even let on when she’s sick. Lopez is an undeniably charismatic performer, yet in exploring her drive, Halftime shows us only half the picture. “My whole life, I’ve been battling and battling to be heard, to be seen,” she says. If only we’d seen more of that.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Tribeca FF 2022 opens with JLo docu HALFTIME – Brandy McDonnell reports

New York’s 2022 Tribeca Film Festival will launch June 8 with the world premiere of Halftime at the United Palace in Washington Heights. Halftime is a new Netflix documentary film by director Amanda Micheli that follows global superstar Jennifer Lopez as she reflects on her milestones and evolution as an artist and navigates the second half of her career continuing to entertain, empower and inspire

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MARRY ME – Review by Brandy McDonnell

As sparkling and sweet as a glass of bubbly, the new romantic comedy Marry Me pours out an entertaining – if not earth-shattering – cinematic experience perfect for a lightweight date night or girls’ night. In an art-reflects-life role, J.Lo plays a self-made music superstar and mogul who has practically every waking moment sponsored, filmed and posted to social media. To go with their new hit duet “Marry Me,” she and her fellow pop luminary beau are planning to get married onstage during a sold-out New York City concert that will be live-streamed to millions worldwide.

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MARRY ME – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Chances are you’re going to try to resist Marry Me. You’re going to go into it thinking, “Jennifer Lopez and Owen Wilson together? Really?” and you’re going to scoff and roll your eyes and make all kinds of groaning noises. And then, against your better judgment, you will get sucked into the story and find yourself smiling when – or, maybe more accurately, even though – that story plays out pretty much exactly how you imagined it would.

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MARRY ME – Review by T.J. Callahan

This time Owen Wilson is an unwitting Wedding Crasher as mild mannered, divorced math teacher, Charlie, who’s main ambition is to be a cool dad in Marry Me…a just in time for Valentines Day chick flick that men can earn serious brownie points with if they make this movie part of a date night. Don’t be afraid to take the plunge, but don’t have high expectations of wanting to renew these vows.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Palm Springs Film Fest honors Laura Dern – Brandy McDonnell reports

Laura Dern will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California, on January 2, 2020. Also to be honored at the ceremony are Jennifer Lopez, Charlize Theron and Renee Zellwegger.

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HUSTLERS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

It’s GoodFellas, except they’re gals. This based-on-fact drama about New York City strippers who conned their clients is wonderfully redolent of Scorsese’s mafia masterpiece in both style and substance: the seductiveness of easy money, the giddiness of getting away with a perfect crime. It’s a cinematic bonbon of delinquent deliciousness.

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TRAINWRECK, STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT, LILA & EVE and other July 17 Openers – Reviews by Jennifer Merin

Despite Amy Schumer’s considerable contributions, Trainwreck rides like a turn-around-is-fair-play sequel to Judd Apatow’s male-centric comedies. A woman is the

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