BEN IS BACK – Review by Diane Carson

With the tragic opioid epidemic, the topic of rehabilitation and a family’s dealing with a struggling member certainly merits cinematic attention. But dramatizing the issue with sensitivity, insight, and honesty presents unique challenges. All the more credit, then, to writer/director Peter Hedges for what he achieves in Ben Is Back, starring his Oscar-nominated, real-life son Lucas as recovering addict Ben.

Read more

AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 9 – May 15: MONEY MONSTER

Opening May 13, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Money Monster, the new thriller from director Jodie Foster starring George Clooney as a financial TV host whose studio is taken hostage by an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) looking for answers. Read on…

Read more

THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Respect for Maureen O’Hara, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Gavron, Daniel Craig and more – Brandy McDonnell reports

RIP Maureen O’Hara. Sandra Bullock seconds Hollywood’s spanking for sexism and ageism. Suffragette director Sarah Gavron talks role models. Kate Winslett to star in Lee Miller biopic. Sylvia Robinson, known as the “Mother of Hip-Hop,” will be the subject of a biopic. And Daniel Craig bonds with Monica Bellucci, his equal in age. Read more in THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

Read more

Top Five Cinema Female Psyche Distortions and the ‘Isotta Fraschini’ Syndrome – Quendrith Johnson comments

Ever since Maggie Gyllenhaal went public with the fact that she lost a role, at 37, as a love interest

Read more