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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