THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Review by Susan Granger

Best known for his sharp, perceptive dialogue, peppered with succinct soliloquies, writer/director Aaron Sorkin has crafted a timely, yet talky tale, utilizing flashbacks and newsreel footage. Free speech and demonstration are interpreted as lawless rioting with the government and its supporters expressing complete faith in the police. Perhaps Sasha Baron-Cohen’s Abbie Hoffman puts it best: “The institutions of government are wonderful things, but right now are populated by some terrible people.”

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Review by Martha K Baker

Those who did not live through the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968 or follow coverage of the trial of seven men, the excellent film, The Trial of the Chicago Seven will read as incredible. Just unbelievable. For starters, men accused of being in a conspiracy had never met before that August. For another, a judge appeared to be unqualified at least, viciously loony-tunes at most.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 12 – December 16, 2016: THE FOUNDER

When a travelling salesman named Ray Kroc discovered a hamburger stand run by two brothers, he caught wind of a golden opportunity and so began the story of McDonalds. It is a tale of mendacity, betrayal and corruption. Opening Dec. 16, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Founder. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 6-12: MINIONS

Opening July 10, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Minions, the spin-off from hit animations Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2, which gives the eponymous yellow critters the spotlight to themselves as they search for the perfect evil boss. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Oct. 13-19: BIRDMAN

Opening Oct. 17, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Birdman, which sees the welcome return of Michael Keaton as a washed up actor trying to reclaim past glories by staging a play on Broadway. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the hugely talented filmmaker behind the likes of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel, and powered by a virtuoso performance from Keaton, Birdman is a knowing – and hugely entertaining – treatise on the fickle nature of fame.
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