LIZZIE – Review by Susan Granger

The New England legend of Lizzie Borden has inspired books, movies, even an opera. On August 4, 1892, in Fall River, Massachusetts, 32 year-old Lizzie and her sister Emma lived under the control of their oppressive father. When Lizzie was acquitted of murdering him and her step-mother, it ignited many scenarios attempting to explain what actually happened.

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LIZZIE — Review by Martha K Baker

Lizzie resurrects an old axe murder mystery. The year is 1892. The murder: Mr. and Mrs. Borden. The suspect: Lizzie. If this movie were just the unspooling of a Victorian axe murder, it would still balance merit with demerits, but as it’s based on a real murder, Lizzie takes on an element of history beyond the psychological thriller. The story begins in medias res as Lizzie Borden, one of wealthy Alexander Borden’s two daughters, finds her father axed. She screams for Bridget, the servant, to call the police. Then they find Abby Borden, Lizzie and Emma’s icy step-mother, also axed.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Hollywood’s ‘pink razor remakes’ shave women directors, SUPERGIRL in OK, RIP Melissa Mathieson and more – Brandy McDonnell reports

Hollywood green lights remakes for their relative ease and built-in audiences, but we don’t need more of them — especially not as a quick fix for Hollywood’s ongoing gender issues. Instead of forcing audiences to settle for remakes, how about the studios investing in projects by women screenwriters and directors with proven skills? Read THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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