WEEK IN WOMEN: Oscar Noms Lack Diversity, Snub Female Directors – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has faced widespread criticism for the dearth of diversity among the top nominees as well as the exclusion female filmmakers at its upcoming 92nd Annual Academy Awards to be held February 9.

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LITTLE WOMEN – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Beloved by generations of female readers, Alcott’s tale of four sisters growing up in genteel poverty in 1860s Massachusetts remains one of the few American literary classics penned by a woman. Published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, it unfurled the lives of the March girls in chronological order, starting with their teen years into their becoming “Little Women.”

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LITTLE WOMEN (2019) – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Did we need another film version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel? Turns out the answer is a resounding “Hell, yes!” Writer-director Greta Gerwig has given us an absolute treasure of a movie, one that is, for a wonder, hugely faithful to the book in the broad sweep yet also skeptical of it in just the right way.

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Tracy Letts chats Chicago, Writing and FORD V FERARRI – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

Tracy Letts, currently starring in two highly acclaimed award-contending films — James Mangold’s Ford vs Fararri and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, chats about his Chicago theater roots, his writing process, his admiration of Greta Gerwig and why everyone should see Ford v Ferrari on the big screen.

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LITTLE WOMEN – Review by Susan Granger

Since Greta Gerwig’s Ladybird was one of my 2017 favorites, I had high hopes for her version of Louisa Mae Alcott’s classic story, but she butchers it! Rather than relate it chronologically, Gerwig shuffles, subverts and skips pivotal scenes, except for the opening Christmas letter from Father and the wryly romantic conclusion.

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LITTLE WOMEN – Review by Susan Granger

Given a contemporary setting, Alcott’s astute observation of female identity in the late 1860s loses its context and authenticity, as the girls Skype-chat with their Army medic dad (Bart Johnson) in Afghanistan. This “Little Women” is artificial and stiltedly foolish, leaving audiences anticipating Greta Gerwig’s upcoming version with Saoise Ronan as her leading lady.

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AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown – Characters 33 through 23

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact and social influence since the earliest days of cinema. Today, we reveal characters Nos. 33-23 in our countdown to our favorite female character. Who will she be?

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