MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 22 – 29, 2017: BATTLE OF THE SEXES

motw logo 1-35Battle of the Sexes focuses on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), but the movie is about more than that hyped game. It’s about acknowledging and accepting who you are, standing up for what you believe, and using your voice to fight for people who need you. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 18-25: DETROIT

Intense. Infuriating. Immediate. Kathryn Bigelow’s powerful, often-heartbreaking historical drama Detroit is all of these things and more. Set amid the chaos, violence, and anger of the riots that dominated Motor City during the summer of 1967, the film’s narrative focuses on the police brutality that took place at the Algiers Motel on July 25 and 26 of that year, and the justice system’s subsequent whitewashing of that heinous event. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Best Femme-Helmed, Femme-Centric Films of 2017, To Date

Focusing on films directed by women and those featuring strong female lead characters in female-centric stories, Team #MOTW has endorsed exceptional films during 2017, to date. Midway through this year’s release schedule, we’re pausing to review films we’ve considered for #MOTW and are asking Team #MOTW members to pick their favorites. To discover who likes what, and why, continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 24 – 31, 2017: THEIR FINEST

motw logo 1-35Opening March 24, THEIR FINEST is AWFJ’s #MOTW. Lone Scherfig’s delightful British World War II dramady is about a talented young woman hired to write patriotic screenplays to bolster the spirits of Brits as they stiff upper lip-it through air raids and rationing. Story and script are super, and the satiric reveal about propaganda and the movies plays particularly well today. Read on…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 17-24, 2017: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

motw logo 1-35It may be a “tale as old as time,” but there’s plenty that’s new and fresh in Disney’s live-action take on one of folklore’s most enduring opposites-attract stories. First and foremost is Emma Watson as Belle, the independent, book-loving French girl who dreams of “adventure in the great wide somewhere.” Read on…

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Oscars 2017: A Compendium of AWFJ Members’ Views — Jennifer Merin reports

Our goal is to present a compendium of AWFJ members’ perspectives on Oscars 2017. Not surprisingly, the views vary widely

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK Feb 27 to Mar 3: FROM NOWHERE

motw logo 1-35From Nowhere has the peculiar timing of being released in theatres in the midst of the current maelstrom around immigration in the US. The compelling film premiered at SXSW Festival, where it won an audience choice award. Back in those innocent and unsuspecting days of yore, the film was relevant and topical, but now it is essential. Read On….

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AWFJ Movie of the Week January 20-27, 2017: 2OTH CENTURY WOMEN

Director Mike Mills’ new film 20TH Century Women has been described as a love letter to his mother. But it is also a portrait of a time and place, and a collection of people perched on the edge of change.Opening January 20, 2017, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is 20th CENTURY WOMEN. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of The Week December 2: JACKIE

Mythmaking has long been a staple of American movies. Pablo Larraín’s film portrait Jackie tackles one of the greatest of American myths — that of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. In the week following her husband’s assassination, Mrs. Kennedy granted an interview to Life Magazine. The film uses this as a framing device, and as an almost surgical means to dissect the psyche of its titular character. Opening Dec. 2, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Jackie. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 8 – August 12: Florence Foster Jenkins

Opening Aug. 12, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Steep adds another character in her pantheon of infamous dames. This time it is an actual operatic grande dame in the eponymous form of Florence Foster Jenkins. Read on…

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