FIRST COW – Review by Diane Carson

First Cow is a thoroughly absorbing story of atypical, three-dimensional characters. Director and co-writer (along with Raymond) Kelly Reichardt shows again an extraordinary ability to capture the look and feel of nineteenth century America, as she did in Meek’s Cutoff. Moreover, Reichardt doesn’t flinch from presenting the dirt and squalor, the struggle for the basics of food and shelter, and the violence barely suppressed and ready to erupt at any moment.

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FIRST COW – Review by Karen Gordon

Some movies deal with the settling of the American West as mythic. And then there are films like writer/director Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow, which strips it down to its basics for a more human scale and poetic vision of the Western era. Minus winners and losers, villains and heroes, this is a sparsely settled, muddy world where some people seek fortunes, and others do what they need day-to-day to survive.

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AWFJ EDA Awards for Best of 2016

The women of AWFJ have voted! The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual AWFJ EDA Awards. This year, AWFJ presents EDA Awards in 25 categories, divided into three sections: the standard ‘Best Of’ section, the Female Focus awards and the irreverent EDA Special Mention awards—including Actress Most in Need of a New Agent and the AWFJ Hall of Shame Award. Read on…

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Top Female Performances @ New York Film Festival 2016 — Liz Whittemore reports

The New York Film Festival is the perfect venue for women to really show the world what they’re artistically capable of. This year was no exception. With performances from Annette Bening, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and Cynthia Nixon to name a few, here is a list of what I believe are some of the best of the best of women at NYFF54.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, October 10 – October 14: CERTAIN WOMEN

Kelly Reichardt’s body of work has established her as a major American cineaste. Her latest film, Certain Women, maintains her masterful, yet quiet trajectory. Opening Oct. 14, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Certain Women, Read on…

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