MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 17, 2018: THE WIFE

motw logo 1-35Glenn Close delivers a brilliant performance in Bjorn Runge’s The Wife. Based on Meg Wolitzer’s eponymous novel about the wife of a newly minted Nobel Prize-winning writer, this closely observed drama follows Close’s Joan and her husband, Joe (Jonathan Pryce), as they travel to Stockholm for his anointing — but will their marriage survive the trip?

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 20, 2018: 93Queen

motw logo 1-35Paula Eiselt’s documentary follows Rachel ‘Ruchie’ Freier, an Orthodox Jewish wife, mother and lawyer, as she launches an all-female ambulance corps to serve women of NY’s Hasidic community in Brooklyn. The result is a compelling glimpse inside an insular community and a fascinating portrait of a determined feminist.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 13, 2018: DARK MONEY

motw logo 1-35If you’re already feeling cynical about the current state of our country, fair warning: Dark Money isn’t going to lighten your mental load. Kimberly Reed’s intelligent documentary is an important, timely expose of the dangers that shady funding of political campaigns poses to the democratic ideals that many Americans hold dear.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 29, 2018: LEAVE NO TRACE

motw logo 1-35Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace is a gripping drama about a teenage girl living with her dissident father in survivalist mode in the woods, shunning society until authorities force them to enter the mainstream and conform. Granik’s subtle style creates an environment of fear, without relying on violence or dystopian elements.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 22, 2018: WOMAN WALKS AHEAD

motw logo 1-35In Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead, 19th century artist Catherine Weldon defies convention and the U.S. government to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull and learn about the Lakota nation. Jessica Chastain delivers an excellent performance as Weldon, who ultimately found more than artistic inspiration on the open prairies. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 8, 2018: NANCY

motw logo 1-35Fragile, unpredictable, and melancholy, the tone of Christina Choe’s debut feature Nancy is a lot like its main character, a lonely, very sad woman who desperately needs meaning in her life. Played perfectly by Andrea Riseborough, Nancy is complex, captivating, ambiguous and often hard to root for, but you can’t help getting caught up in her search for purpose and connection. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 25, 2018: MARY SHELLEY

motw logo 1-35Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al-Mansour’s biopic about Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin’s romance with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley — and her struggle to be recognized as a female author — is a compelling, atmospheric, truth-based tale of a truly gifted woman who courageously rebelled against the repressive customs of her day. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 18, 2018: SUMMER 1993

motw logo 1-35Carla Simon’s debut feature tells the story of six-year-old Frida, sent to live with relatives after her mother dies of AIDS. Without overplayed emotional notes or bouts of excessive drama, Simon explores Frida’s difficult adjustment as she grapples with changes in her life. As Frida, ten year old Laia Artigas captures your heart. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 11, 2018: MOUNTAIN

motw logo 1-35Australian filmmaker Jennifer Peedom’s Mountain is a monumental essay documentary that combines soaring cinematography with poetically philosophical narration and an uplifting score to deliver a mesmerizing meditative treatise on how humans interact with and experience Earth’s prime peaks. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK May 4, 2018: RBG

motw logo 1-35Not all superheroes wear capes. In fact, some might be clad in black robes and lace collars. That’s the inspiring takeaway from Julie Cohen and Betsy West’s “RBG,” the story of iconic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The biodoc traces RBG’s life from childhood to the present, both humanizing her and showing why she’s so beloved by all who are passionate about women’s rights and gender equality. Continue reading…

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