THE KINDERGARDEN TEACHER – Review by Mae Abdulbaki

The Kindergarten Teacher is many things, but an inspirational story about seeing and harnessing talent in a child is not one of them. Written and directed by Sara Colangelo, based on the screenplay by Nadav Lapid, the film is full of missteps, an “I don’t see color” attitude and a creepy teacher/student relationship that becomes increasingly uncomfortable to watch.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal to Direct Adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s THE LOST DAUGHTER – Brandy McDonnell reports

Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her directorial debut with a film adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel The Lost Daughter. Under her Pilot Productions banner, Gyllenhaal also will develop the script and produce alongside Pie Films’ Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Hollywood Ageism Denies Actresses Their ‘Prime,’ plus Phosphate Award for Female Characters, and Davis Honored with Ali Award – Brandy McDonnell comments

At age 38, actresses Liv Tyler and Maggie Gyllenhaal are told by Hollywood they’re too old to be cast opposite leading men in their 50s. Read what they and others say about that. Plus, the Phosphate Pictures Award pitches $25,000 prize to a script with a strong female lead and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards honor Geena Davis for activism. Read The Week in Women>>

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Top Five Cinema Female Psyche Distortions and the ‘Isotta Fraschini’ Syndrome – Quendrith Johnson comments

Ever since Maggie Gyllenhaal went public with the fact that she lost a role, at 37, as a love interest

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