WEEK IN WOMEN: Focus Features to release Amy Winehouse biopic – Brandy McDonnell reports

Focus Features will release “Back to Black,” the anticipated biopic of the late Grammy winner Amy Winehouse, in U.S. theaters on May 10. Back to Black is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson from a script written by Matt Greenhalgh, following their successful collaboration on Nowhere Boy in 2009. Back to Black is billed as a never-before-seen glimpse into Winehouse’s early rise to fame and the release of her groundbreaking studio album “Back to Black.” Told from the singer-songwriter’s perspective, the film is meant to be “an unapologetic look at the woman behind the phenomenon and the relationship that inspired one of the most legendary albums of all time.”

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THE CROWN Season 6 – Review by Susan Granger

Season 6 of The Crown focuses on the aftermath of death of Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki), the demise of Princess Margaret (Lesley Manville), the Prince William (Ed McVey)/Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy) college courtship, Prince Charles (Dominic West)/Camilla Parker Bowles’ (Olivia Williams) marriage, and the growing resentment/rebellion of Prince Harry (Luther Ford), including his Nazi costume scandal.

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MRS HARRIS GOES TO PARIS – Review by Martha K Baker

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris seems like a sweet little movie about a sweet little charwoman. It is not. At least, that’s not all it is. The current film is an adaptation of earlier versions, and it presents, not just a woman dreaming of a Dior dress. It explores philosophy, as in Sartre and existentialism; it peers at feminism with references to the “invisible” woman; it juxtaposes lower middle class workers v. upper class twits.

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MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS – Review by T. J. Callahan

Mrs. Harris goes to Paris is a classic British chick flick with colorful characters, fun fashion, perfectly polite people and snappy dialogue delivered in a sometimes hard to understand Cockney accent. The film is overly sweet and wide-eyed at times as the thread seems to always end up fitting through the needle, but Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris has a charming innocence we need right now.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 14, 2020: ORDINARY LOVE

There’s a reason why more movies are about weddings than marriages. It’s easier to tie up a story with bells ringing and happy “I do”s than to accurately depict the beautifully complicated thing that is a long-term committed relationship — especially the kind of real, relatable, warts-and-all relationship many people actually live out. But Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s Ordinary Love accomplishes that feat with intimate grace, thanks to honest storytelling and heartbreaking performances by Liam Neeson and Leslie Manville.

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ORDINARY LOVE – Review by Sheila Roberts

An ordinary couple faces extraordinary challenges in Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn’s moving drama, Ordinary Love. It’s an intimate, thoughtful portrait of a loving husband (Tom/Liam Neeson) and wife (Joan/Leslie Manville), who have been together for many years. They are confident and comfortable in their relationship, and know and understand each other very well. Their familiarity with one another is evident in the way one completes the other’s sentences.

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