MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 6, 2023: AFTERSUN

A woman’s sun-drenched recollections of a childhood holiday with her troubled father become poignant and melancholy as she revisits them two decades later in Scottish writer/director Charlotte Wells’ impressive feature debut Aftersun. Boasting excellent, authentic performances from stars Paul Mescal and young newcomer Frankie Corio, the film builds viewers’ empathy as it explores the nature of memory and the main characters’ loving but bumpy father-daughter relationship.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 11, 2022: CALENDAR GIRL

The devil may wear Prada, but Ruth Finley — the spunky powerhouse behind the fashion industry-defining Fashion Calendar (who’s far more angelic than devilish, anyway) — isn’t really one to play favorites when it comes to haute couture. She’s always loved it all: The creativity, the pageantry, the gorgeous clothes. Her decades-long career at the heart of New York City’s fashion scene is the subject of director Christian D. Bruun’s affectionate documentary Calendar Girl.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 4, 2022: LUCY AND DESI

If watching Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem in Being the Ricardos left you craving even more details about the lives of one of Hollywood’s most famous TV power couples, director Amy Poehler has you covered. Her documentary Lucy and Desi is simultaneously informative and intimate, telling the fascinating story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s lifelong love for each other and how it was both fueled and frustrated by their shared passion for showbiz.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 11, 2019: WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?

motw logo 1-35 Thought-provoking and philosophical, Astra Taylor’s timely documentary What Is Democracy? takes a deep dive into a topic that many of us probably think we know a lot about. But, as is shown in this compelling film, it turns out that the concept of “democracy” has greater nuance and more room for interpretations than most average citizens (voters or, sadly, non-voters) around the world seem to realize.

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