ORDINARY ANGELS – Review by Lois Alter Mark

I’m writing this review with tears streaming down my face because, despite my apprehension about its title (okay, I might have rolled my eyes upon hearing it), it’s impossible not to be moved by Ordinary Angels. In fact, I would go so far as to say it’s the kind of movie we, as a society, desperately need now. As someone who steers clear of anything faith based, I’m even willing to forgive its religious undertones and Hallmark premise because the story is so powerful and Hillary Swank is just so good.

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ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET – Review by TJ Callahan

It’s difficult to reinvigorate excellence, but this cast and crew has. Sometimes
you want your favorites to be so good, you become too critical, but this feature version manages
to keep our memories intact of reading the book under the covers with a flashlight and taking
some of the pain out of puberty.

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ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

If you know a tween girl—or you remember being one—go see Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. Judy Blume’s beloved book about an eleven-year-old girl’s budding puberty comes to rich, layered life in this charming adaptation that’s funny, empathetic, and affecting. Abby Ryder Fortson takes the lead as Margaret, an easygoing, wide-eyed girl who returns home from summer camp to find her world upended. Her mom and dad have bought a home in New Jersey, leaving the bustle and clutter of a New York City apartment behind. For Margaret and her paternal grandma, moving across the Hudson might as well be across the country.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Fortson and McAdams cast in Blume’s ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET – Brandy McDonnell reports

Abby Ryder Fortson, the 12-year-old actor best-known for her scene-stealing performances in Marvel’s “Ant-Man” movies, will play Margaret Simon and Rachel McAdams, an Academy Award nominee for the 2015 film “Spotlight,” will play Margaret’s mother, Barbara, in Lionsgate’s highly anticipated adaptation of Judy Blume’s classic novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kelly Fremon Craig to adapt Judy Blume’s ARE YOU THERE, GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET – Brandy McDonnell reports

Judy Blume’s iconic 1980 novel Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret is finally set to be made into a feature film. Lionsgate, which has committed to green-light the movie, emerged victorious in a fierce bidding war for the film rights.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Kelly Fremon Craig to Direct Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ – Brandy McDonnell reports

After turning down numerous offers over the years, Judy Blume, the Library of Congress Living Legend, has granted the film rights to producer James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films and writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig.

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