THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE – Review by Susan Granger

Almost unrecognizable in spidery mascara, prosthetic cheeks and garish wigs, Jessica Chastain is irresistible as camp icon Tammy Faye Bakker who – with her husband, preacher Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield) – built a Christian empire, Including Heritage USA, a Jesus-themed amusement park.

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THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE (TIFF2021)- Review by Liz Braun

Even at the height of their influence, Jim and Tammy Bakker were difficult to take seriously. The notorious TV evangelists got famous selling that specific American Christianity that is equal parts mammon, myth and messianic misdirection. The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a new film based on an eponymous documentary, attempts to capture this particular moment and these people. Directed by Michael Showalter and starring Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield, it is short on script and long on latex.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jessica Chastain to star in LOSING CLEMENTINE – Brandy McDonnell reports

Jessica Chastain will play a troubled artist in the comedy-drama “Losing Clementine,” helmed by Argentine filmmaker Lucía Puenzo . Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab picked up the feature rights to Ashley Ream’s acclaimed debut novel of the same name and brought “Better Call Saul” writer and producer Ann Cherkis onboard to adapt the screenplay.

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DARK PHOENIX – Review by Susan Granger

The line of dialogue – “You’re always sorry and there’s always a speech, but nobody cares anymore” – pretty well sums up the entire enterprise. Dark Phoenix is a fizzle, causing the iconic, stand-alone series to crash-and-burn. Will the heroic mutants now join the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Who knows? Who cares?

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 22, 2018: WOMAN WALKS AHEAD

motw logo 1-35In Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead, 19th century artist Catherine Weldon defies convention and the U.S. government to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull and learn about the Lakota nation. Jessica Chastain delivers an excellent performance as Weldon, who ultimately found more than artistic inspiration on the open prairies. Continue reading…

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