INFINITE STORM – Review by Diane Carson

Having backpacked a fair amount in wilderness areas, I must admit I’m an easy audience for survival stories. So Infinite Storm grabbed me right away. Based on a true story that occurred October 17, 2010, on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington (which I’ve climbed in good weather), the action focuses for almost the entire film on two people: Pam Bales and John. Pam is intent on saving the man she calls John, discovered nearly frozen, close to death. It turns out that Pam needs a bit of saving herself.

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THE DESPERATE HOUR – Review by Pamela Powell

The unthinkable yet possible is happening. Recently widowed mom Amy (Naomi Watts), still coping with the aftereffects of her husband’s death particularly as it impacts her teenage son Noah (Colton Gobbo), receives the news that there is an active shooter at the high school. Her actions and reactions spiral out of control taking what starts as a chilling moment in time, and turning it into a preposterous one.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: 2020 Gracies for Williams, Nash, Watts and more – Brandy McDonnell reports

Winners of the the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s 45th annual Gracie Awards includes such esteemed honorees as Michelle Williams, Niecy Nash, Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne, Tamron Hall, Naomi Watts, Angela Yee, Norah O’Donnell, Stephanie Beatriz, and Soledad O’Brien, along with more than 100 of the most talented women in television, radio and digital media.

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LUCE – Review by Carla Renata

Luce will disturb audiences well after the credits have rolled. There are so many issues being played out in the form of social acceptance and pressure, racism, entitlement and what face the truth takes. At the end of the day, we’re left with questions about the pressures one encounters simply by being a human navigating in this world that moves at warp speed.

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LUCE – Review by Susan Granger

When Luce Edgar’s stern history teacher questions his provocative essay about West Indian radical political philosopher Frantz Fanon and, subsequently, finds a bag of illegal fireworks in his locker, Luce’s reputation is called into question. Parent-teacher confrontations, monitored by the principal, raise pertinent questions about racial identity and prejudice.

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LUCE – Review by Diane Carson

Director Julius Onah’s Luce trades on the perplexing challenge of accurately accessing character, even in individuals known quite well and occasionally on public display. Add to that a Rashomon factor, that is, the subjective trap for everyone of their own status and personality, and the complications multiply, the film’s audience included as we second guess our own judgments.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK June 28, 2019: Claire McCarthy’s OPHELIA

Much analyzed and, according to many, much misunderstood, Ophelia has always been one of Shakespeare’s most enigmatic characters. With Ophelia, director Claire McCarthy and screenwriter Semi Chellas aim to demystify Hamlet’s lady love, turning her into a smart, fully fleshed-out woman with spirit and agency.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Naomi Watts to Star in HBO’s GAME OF THRONES Prequel – Brandy McDonnell reports

Naomi Watts is the first performer been cast in the as-yet-untitled prequel to the HBO smash Game of Thrones. The two-time Oscar nominated actress will play a character described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret” in the prequel scripted bu Jane Goldmam and George R.R. Martin. The project is expected to begin filming in early 2019.

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