MAFIA MAMMA – Review by T.J. Callahan

Mafia Mamma is an action/comedy based on an original story written by a woman, directed be a woman, starring a woman and meant to empower women, but for all the wrong reasons. The always wonderful and insightful Toni Collette is Kristin, a people pleasing suburban helicopter mom who puts everyone else first, so when she unexpectedly inherits her estranged grandfather’s mafia empire in Italy, it’s her chance to do something for herself.

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MAFIA MAMMA – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

The game-for-anything Toni Collette inherits a mafia clan in Mafia Mamma, an uneven comedy where the jokes and the tone are as scattershot as some characters’ aim. Collette plays Kristin, a suburban mom and pitchwoman for pharmaceutical products whose sexist boss prefers marketing erectile dysfunction products than hair treatments for cancer patients. She’s dealing with troubles at home, including a cheating husband, when she’s summoned to Italy to settle the affairs of her grandfather.

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THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Some tattoos have such design and craftsmanship, they’re works of art. But what happens when a tattoo transforms someone into living artwork, effectively dehumanizing them? The Man Who Sold His Skin, an Oscar-nominee for Best International Feature Film, puts this dilemma on display through Sam, a Syrian refugee who consents to a full-back tattoo of a visa, then finds that this literal stamp of freedom confines him in other ways.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Respect for Maureen O’Hara, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Gavron, Daniel Craig and more – Brandy McDonnell reports

RIP Maureen O’Hara. Sandra Bullock seconds Hollywood’s spanking for sexism and ageism. Suffragette director Sarah Gavron talks role models. Kate Winslett to star in Lee Miller biopic. Sylvia Robinson, known as the “Mother of Hip-Hop,” will be the subject of a biopic. And Daniel Craig bonds with Monica Bellucci, his equal in age. Read more in THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: Hollywood Ageism Denies Actresses Their ‘Prime,’ plus Phosphate Award for Female Characters, and Davis Honored with Ali Award – Brandy McDonnell comments

At age 38, actresses Liv Tyler and Maggie Gyllenhaal are told by Hollywood they’re too old to be cast opposite leading men in their 50s. Read what they and others say about that. Plus, the Phosphate Pictures Award pitches $25,000 prize to a script with a strong female lead and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards honor Geena Davis for activism. Read The Week in Women>>

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