Opening Feb. 27, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Maps to the Stars, director David Cronenberg’s descent into the dark heart of the film industry. Mia Wasikowska takes the role of Agatha, a new arrival in Hollywood, who finds herself working as a personal assistant to the unhinged actress Havana (Julianne Moore), who is haunted by the ghost of her dead mother and never far away from a complete breakdown. Read on…Read more
Opening Nov. 7, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Interstellar, Christopher Nolan’s long-awaited science fiction epic which stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway as astronauts on a mission to find humanity a new home. With it’s stunning visuals and sweeping themes, it’s one of the big screen experiences of the year. Read on…Read more
Opening Oct. 17, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Birdman, which sees the welcome return of Michael Keaton as a washed up actor trying to reclaim past glories by staging a play on Broadway. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the hugely talented filmmaker behind the likes of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, and powered by a virtuoso performance from Keaton, Birdman is a knowing – and hugely entertaining – treatise on the fickle nature of fame.
Opening Aug. 29, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Congress, from writer-director Ari Folman and starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Danny Huston, Paul Giamatti, and Jon Hamm. The unusual film combines live action and animation to present a unique premise set in a world in the not-too-distant future where Wright gives a studio control over her digital likeness for use in perpetuity. Read on…Read more
Opening Aug. 22, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Abuse of Weakness, from French writer-director Catherine Breillat. Inspired by her own life after she suffered a debilitating stroke and fell prey to a notorious conman, Breillat has created a deeply personal film that doesn’t pull any punches. Known for exploring female sexuality in teens it’s interesting to see Breillat tackle the influence of power and sex on an older women. Isabelle Huppert stars opposite French rapper Kool Shen. Read on…Read more
Opening June 13, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is How to Train Your Dragon 2, the exciting second chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s trilogy, featuring soaring effects and strong female characters. The fantasy revolves around heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless who must save the future of men and dragons from the evils of power-hungry Drago. With new cast members Cate Banchette, Kit Harington, and Djimon Honsou this rousing follow up is a pleaser for kids of all ages. Read on…Read more
Opening May 30, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is We Are The Best!, a coming-of-age tale about teenage girls who form a punk band in ’80s Stockholm as a way of asserting their creativity, friendship and equality. Based on the graphic novel by Coco Moodysson, and directed by her husband, Lukas, the film is smart, funny, rowdy and thoroughly entertaining feminist take on what is predominantly a male-centric genre. Read on…Read more