MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 16, 2018: BECOMING ASTRID

When you hear the name “Pippi Longstocking,” you likely immediately picture a vivacious, free-spirited Scandinavian scamp with red braids and a talent for mischief. But what about her creator, celebrated Swedish author Astrid Lindgren? In Becoming Astrid, director/co-writer Pernille Fischer Christensen reminds us that the authors behind some of the world’s most beloved children’s book characters were living, breathing people with complicated lives and all-too-human struggles.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 9, 2018: HERE AND NOW

Introspective and contemplative, Fabien Constant’s drama Here and Now follows talented singer Vivienne (Sarah Jessica Parker) through roughly 24 hours after she’s diagnosed with a serious form of brain cancer and learns she may have no more than 14 months left to live. With everything from her upcoming tour to her time with her teenage daughter now up in the air, Vivienne struggles to come to terms with this unexpected twist of fate.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK, November 2, 2018: WHAT THEY HAD

What They Had, the first feature from actress-turned-writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, is a stirring family drama in which adult siblings, Bridget (Hilary Swank) and Nick (Michael Shannon) are trying to cope with their mother’s (Blythe Danner) progressive dementia and their father’s (Robert Forster) denial of her disability. Chomko’s well-crafted script and sensitive direction, and the superb performances from the stellar ensemble bring a balance of heartbreak and humor to this painful and entirely relatable situation.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK, October 26, 2018: LIYANA

Profound and poignant, the documentary affirms the value of story and storytelling as emotional relief and an element in healing for those who’ve been traumatized — the five orphaned children followed in this extraordinary documentary and, by extension, the survivors of war, rape, genocide, drought, starvation, extreme poverty and other disasters around the globe. Movies can matter. Liyana clearly does.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 19, 2018: CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Melissa McCarthy trades pratfalls and slapstick for wry wit and introspection in Marielle Heller’s keenly observed biopic “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” McCarthy plays biographer Lee Israel, whose brief time in the Manhattan publishing scene’s spotlight has passed, leaving her bitter, lonely, and strapped for cash, which ultimately leads to a life of literary crime. It’s a compelling role for McCarthy, who seems to relish the opportunity to take on more serious material.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK October 12, 2018: SADIE

motw logo 1-35Moody and pensive, Megan Griffiths’ Sadie isn’t your typical coming-of-age drama. It centers on 13-year-old Sadie (Sophia Mitri Schloss), who’s determined to do whatever it takes to keep her family together, despite her soldier father’s long deployment overseas and her mother, Rae’s (Melanie Lynskey), increasing loneliness and dissatisfaction with her long-distance marriage. Schloss and Lynskey deliver heart wrenching performances in this strikingly femme-centric film which shoots an arrow right into the heart of domestic disruption that results from faraway wars.

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AWFJ Summer 2018 Movies Watch List

Ranging from mirth-filled comedies to truth-based stories of feminist activism, from gal pal road trip scenarios and inspiring biopics to exposes of the heinous evils of sexism and racism, these are films that illuminate, educate and entertain. Despite their diverse subjects and styles, they are all about women and they respectfully represent women’s perspectives on the social and political issues that we all face in daily life. Each film is a powerful reminder of how far we’ve come — and how much further we need to go. Make this a #MeToo summer of movie watching.

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AWFJ’s Women’s History Month Movies Watch List

AWFJ’s curated Women’s History Month movies watch list ranges from mirth-filled comedies to truth-based tales of feminist activism, from gal pal road trip scenarios to exposes of heinous sexism and racism. The wide range of films have one thing in common: all respectfully represent women’s perspectives on social and political issues that we face in daily life. Each is a powerful reminder of how far we’ve come — and how much further we need to go. To access the list, Continue reading…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 1-7: LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

Opening Sept. 5, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Last Days in Vietnam, the latest documentary from Rory Kennedy. See what happened during the final chaotic days of the Vietnam War as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon and military officials had to decide who they would help escape. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 18-24: ABUSE OF WEAKNESS

Opening Aug. 22, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Abuse of Weakness, from French writer-director Catherine Breillat. Inspired by her own life after she suffered a debilitating stroke and fell prey to a notorious conman, Breillat has created a deeply personal film that doesn’t pull any punches. Known for exploring female sexuality in teens it’s interesting to see Breillat tackle the influence of power and sex on an older women. Isabelle Huppert stars opposite French rapper Kool Shen. Read on…

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