A GOOD PERSON – Review by T.J. Callahan

A Good Person is about a good person involved in a tragic incident and the actions she takes to feel good about herself again. Florence Pugh is Allison. A woman with a promising career, loving fiancé, and supportive family and friends. Life is good for this person, until she finds herself the sole survivor of a car accident that kills her soon to be sister and brother-in-law. Pain and guilt consume her. The former pharmaceutical salesperson turns to her own product.

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SPIN ME AROUND – Review by Rachel West

Allison Brie reteams with Aubrey Plaza and writer-director Jeff Baena for Spin Me Round, which despite a cast of comedic talents, fails to deliver on its wacky premise. When Tuscan Grove Italian chain restaurant manager Amber (Brie) is selected to attend a prestigious training program for staff in Italy, she dreams of being swept off her feet in a romantic European adventure. However, the trip turns out to be different than she expected. With elements of a thriller, dark comedy, violence, and slapstick humour, Spin Me Round is one complicated mess that can’t figure out if it wants the audience to be in on the joke.

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WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY – Review by Martha K. Baker

Writer/director Madeleine Olnek did not invent this story of Emily Dickinson’s love for her sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert Dickinson. Olnek makes clear from the start that Dickinson’s love letters, quoted aloud and printed on screen, are filed in libraries in Harvard and Amherst.

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WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

It’s like Drunk History, but sober. Based on Emily Dickinson’s own work, which also features here in illustrative voiceovers,Wild Nights with Emily is an absolutely brilliant, absolutely hilarious, stupendously ultradry sendup of a costume drama with the very serious feminist mission of setting the historical record straight — or, actually, setting it queer — on the poet.

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New York Film Festival 2018 Top Female Performances – Liz Whittemore reports

NYFF is reliable in presenting meaty roles for women. This year’s notable performances include Juliette Binoche and Regina King, an actress who is often underappreciated. Also on my list are Molly Shannon, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, among others presented here in no particular order.

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