BELLA! – Review by Loren King

Enlightening, passionate, nostalgic and endlessly riveting, Bella!, a documentary about feminist trailblazer and force of nature Bella Abzug, is all these things and more. One thing I didn’t expect is that the film is also sad. That moment happens when Abzug’s friend and fellow activist, the writer Letty Cottin Pogrebin says that Abzug, who died in 1998, is all but forgotten now because she’s not being taught in schools and Pogrebin’s own grandchild had no idea who she was. All the more reason that “Bella!” needs a release as wide as the whole world.

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BELLA! – Review by Jennifer Merin

Bella! And, yes, be sure to include the exclamation point in the film’s title because the subject of Jeff L. Leiberman’s well researched and beautifully crafted documentary deserves emphatic punctuation.  Bella Abzug (1920-1998) was a champion of civil rights for women in every aspect of our lives. She was the feminist activist politician who fought fiercely to enact laws to establish and protect equity in the workplace, in government representation, in family matters — all of the women’s civil rights that we are now at such high risk of losing in our nation’s current regressive climate. 

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WEEK IN WOMEN: NBC Special Celebrates Carol Burnett’s Birthday – Brandy McDonnell reports

Paying tribute to a beloved national icon for her birthday, NBC will celebrate Carol Burnett’s illustrious career with Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love. The two-hour special will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT April 26 and will stream next day on Peacock. Filmed at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, the star-studded special will feature an A-list lineup of musical performances and special guests, who will come together to share their love for one of the most cherished comediennes in television history.

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STILL WORKING 9 TO 5 – Review by Jennifer Green

It’s been just over 40 years since the comedy 9 to 5 premiered to unexpected success in the US. Meanwhile, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the first introduction of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) bill to Congress. A new documentary ties these two milestones together in an engaging exploration of the making of that pioneering film and its connection to the women’s rights movement of the 1970s through today. Though there were 20 million women in the workforce in those days, the documentary notes, stories about female office workers were rare in popular culture. The time was ripe for the project, which cast its leads before it was even written.

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MOVING ON – Review by T. J. Callahan

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are obviously NOT Moving On. They’re back on the big screen again, in a little over a month, co-starring with a smarmy Malcolm McDowell and a suave Richard Roundtree in a rated R for revenge comedy that’s more Grace and Frankie than 80 for Brady. Moving On tells the story of long time friends, Claire and Evelyn, who reunite at the funeral of their college bestie, Joyce. Claire (Fonda) is there for retribution. To right a wrong. To go Dirty Harriet on Joyce’s grieving husband played by McDowell. Evelyn (Tomlin) returns to reveal a long kept secret and act as Claire’s sidekick. Tomlin is Ethel to Fonda’s Lucy, but she ends up with all the laughs.

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MOVING ON – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Moving On, brings Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin back together in a that could almost be called ‘Promising Older Woman.’ This dark comedy uses black humor to shine a light on an important and timely subject – and, thanks to Fonda and Tomlin, it mostly works. The story revolves around Claire (Fonda) and Evelyn (Tomlin), former college roommates who reunite at the funeral of a mutual friend. When we first meet Claire, she’s walking over to the widower (Malcolm McDowell) to inform him, “I’m going to kill you.” She’s not kidding. Underneath the humor, there’s a vital message that needs to be internalized: actions have consequences and moving on can take a lifetime – and, sometimes, a life.

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MOVING ON – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

A good friend knows your rhythms, your flaws, and your secrets, no matter how long it’s been since you’ve seen each other. The droll comedy Moving On knows this in its bones, balancing an on-the-fly murder plot with genuine depth about growing older and cherishing the people who matter. It’s fun all the way through, made even more delightful by the lived-in, playful chemistry of stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.

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80 FOR BRADY – Review by T.J. Callahan

At least Tom Brady has something to look forward to this February. Welcome to AARP Theater. When the median age of the four female stars of a movie is 84, expect a lot of old timer jokes along with flirting, fumbling and finally inspiration. That’s exactly what you get if your game plan includes 80 For Brady, the inspired by true events story of four New England Patriot fans who decide to go to Super Bowl 51 in Houston to see their beloved Tom Brady play in person.

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80 FOR BRADY – Review by Susan Kamyab

80 For Brady plays out about as well as Tom Brady did in his last game against the Cowboys. It’s a major fumble in almost every aspect. 80 for Brady is loosely based on the true story of a group of best friends who are Tom Brady superfans. In the film, they take a life-changing trip to the Superbowl to see their hero play. The journey to get to the game has a few of bumps along the way, including lost tickets, health scares, and an accidental drugging. And through all that, you might chuckle a few times, but a lot of the comedy is forced and rushed.

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