SILENT NIGHT – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Woo’s movies kick ass from grindhouses to art cinemas, combining down-and-dirty action and high-art visuals over and over again. By the time his characters cut all ties to propriety they’ve already been pushed to the limit and are committed to burning everything to the ground. And ultimately, Woo makes the case that yes, that’s what’s called for; if you’re a good guy who doesn’t make a stand against the bad guys–collateral damage be damned–then you’re not in it to win it. Not a prescription for real-life social policy, but wow, does it work on the movie screen.

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FOR ALL MANKIND – Review by Susan Granger

For All Mankind poses the question: What if the Soviet Union had won the space race, reaching the moon before the United States? It’s a sprawling story, beginning in 1969, presenting an alternative historical reality in which the United States is struggling to keep up with the USSR in space exploration, interweaving cleverly ‘fictionalized’ real-life characters.

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THE SECRETS WE KEEP – Review by Martha K Baker

One of the first clues that the film exceeds the definition of escapist, creepy thriller is the cast. Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, and Chris Messina took Yuval Adler’s script and sounded its depths with commitment. Rapace and Messina play Maja and Lewis, married parents of a boy. Kinnaman’s character is nameless but not blameless.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 1st to 5th: SUICIDE SQUAD

Opening Aug. 5, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Suicide Squad, The latest comic book adaptation to hit summer screens is David Ayer’s hyperbolic super villain extravaganza Suicide Squad. You would have to be in a coma to miss the veritable onslaught of marketing. Read on…

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