JUDY – Review by Diane Carson

Simply titled Judy, director Rupert Goold’s film tackles the last year of Judy Garland’s life, 1968 to 1969. On the whole, it is not a happy one, given Judy’s reliance on alcohol and pills, a self-destructive addiction explored in flashbacks to MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer’s abusive treatment of her during the 1939 shoot of The Wizard of Oz.

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JUDY – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Flashbacks to her adolescence at MGM Studios make it clear that show biz broke Garland early and often: The teenage Judy (the terrific Darci Shaw) is force-fed uppers to suppress her appetite and keep her working 18-hour days, denied sleep and meals for long stretches and deprived of any privacy or personal time. Her attempts to buck the system lead to soft-spoken spates of verbal abuse from intimidating studio head Louis B. Mayer (Richard Cordery, low-key terrifying).

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JUDY – TIFF19 Review by Loren King

Among the nearly 250 movies, from Hollywood blockbusters to independent foreign films, that screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, one of my favorites was Judy, anchored by an astonishing performance by Renee Zellweger. In her first musical performance since Chicago, Zellweger delivers a comeback role for the ages that puts her at the front of this year’s best actress Oscar race.

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Telluride Film Fest 2019: It’s a Wrap – Diane Carson reports

That no competitive awards are presented makes Telluride Film Festival a pure celebration of film as the aesthetic treasure it is. The festival’s 46th edition maintained its reputation for outstanding film selection, though more foreign films and more offerings directed by and starring women would have been welcome addition to the roster. Yet, the brilliant and varied program made for a great cinematic experience at Telluride 2019. It’s a good time to be a film lover.

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