CRUELLA – Review by Martha K Baker

A so-called “prequel,” Cruella quotes more than it originates. Set in the punking ’70s in London, the film traces the early days of the evil-doer known as Cruella back to the time that she was Estella. Even as a child, her white and black hair symbolized her good and evil sides.

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CRUELLA – Review by Pam Grady

You’ve got to hand it to the Mouse. Disney can make a princess out of anyone, even one of its legendary villains, Cruella De Ville, a kind of hard-hearted Snow White whose Evil Queen is her designer boss, the Baroness. For those of us who grew up loathing that simpering, eventually sleeping princess, this is more like it: a princess who gives as good as she gets.

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CRUELLA – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

What’s black, white and wittily wicked fun all over? Disney’s Cruella, an origin story of the puppy-snatching villainess from the studio’s 101 Dalmatians franchise that was launched 50 years ago with the much-beloved original animated canine classic In that version, the pelt-wearing, skunk-haired crone with jutting cheekbones swanned about as she waved her cigarette holder while plotting to make a black and white fur coat from puppies.

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STOCKHOLM – Review by Martha K. Baker

Stockholm Syndrome means that a hostage falls for the person in charge — the thief, the kidnapper, the dictator. Most everyone knows that. But what most everyone does not know is the 1973 incident that insinuated as criminal jargon and concept. The absurdist film Stockholm seeks to educate the unenlightened.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Nov. 24-30: THE IMITATION GAME

Opening Nov. 28, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Imitation Game, the compelling real-life story of how mathematical genius Alan Turing (played to perfection by Benedict Cumberbatch) and a team of numerologist cracked the Nazi’s Enigma code, bringing an early end to World War II. Read on…

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