MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 5, 2020: JUDY & PUNCH

Moody and revisionist, Mirrah Foulkes’ dark dramedy Judy & Punch speculates about the story behind the classic British puppet show. In the process, it ably explores the important and ageless themes of artistic talent, revenge, superstition, allyship, and domestic violence, all wrapped up in lush cinematography and lavish production design.

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JUDY & PUNCH – Review by Liz Whittemore

The synthesized version of period music played over the opening scene sets the tone for a film that is dark and twisted in ways you will never see coming. Utilizing the theatrical hysteria and absurdity of the time period, the script dives deeper into fear and mythology and superbly plays with the superstitions about life and death.

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JUDY & PUNCH – Review by Leslie Combemale

A fresh and decidedly feminist take on the classic 16th century puppet show Punch and Judy, Judy & Punch is alternately gorgeous and lyrical, and excruciating to watch. First-time feature director and screenwriter Mirrah Foulkes is coming in hot, with fearless, bracing scenes that will long be etched into viewers’ memories, crafting a very Grimm tale of the ‘woman behind the man’.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 23 – May 29: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Opening May 27, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Alice Through the Looking Glass, which sees Alice (Mia Wasikowska) return to the whimsical Wonderland and travel back in time to save her friend, The Mad Hatter (Johnnie Depp) Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Feb. 23-March 1: MAPS TO THE STARS

Opening Feb. 27, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Maps to the Stars, director David Cronenberg’s descent into the dark heart of the film industry. Mia Wasikowska takes the role of Agatha, a new arrival in Hollywood, who finds herself working as a personal assistant to the unhinged actress Havana (Julianne Moore), who is haunted by the ghost of her dead mother and never far away from a complete breakdown. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 15-21: TRACKS

Opening Sept. 19, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is Tracks, a stunning true-life story based on one woman’s solo trek across Australia’s searing desert with only a few camels to keep her company. Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn Davidson, who walked 1,700 miles, from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean. She is an iconic example of a woman’s self-determination. With its breathtaking cinematography and inspirational story, Tracks, is a richly satisfying cinematic experience. Read on…

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