BOMBSHELL – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Directed by Jay Roach (HBO’s “Game Change”), there’s a cheeky playfulness to the film that’s unneeded, borderline offensive and counterintuitive. Even the movie’s title seems to winkingly marvel that a group of beautiful blondes – which was basically a requirement for a woman working at Fox News – brought down Ailes, undermining both what they suffered in his allegedly toxic workplace and what they risked in speaking out.

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BOMBSHELL – Review by Martha K Baker

One of the hardest parts of watching “Bombshell” is telling the women apart. Fox News hired svelte blonde women, and the film’s make-up department, headed by Vivian Baker, made the actresses uncannily resemble the newscasters. Harder, however, is watching the sexual harassment unfold in the network culture of Fox news (“news” used advisedly).

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BOMBSHELL – Review by Leslie Combemale

The way Bombshell leaves viewers suggests that Ailes’ ouster left a softer, safer Fox News in his wake. That part of the film is a bit of what Fox excels in: fake news. How would you like to be a member of one of the diverse communities Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson have consistently insulted, only to see these women lionized? Watch the film for Charlize Theron’s spot-on portrayal. Let the rest go. The storyline is peak white feminism.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Streep, Kidman, Grande to star in Netflix adaptation of THE PROM – Brandy McDonnell reports

As part of his five-year deal with Netflix, Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) will direct and produce the feature adaptation of The Prom, with. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Ariane Grande set to star in the popular musical. Murphy will start directing the film adaptation of the Broadway hit in December, for a fall 2020 awards season release in theaters before it airs on Netflix.

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DESTROYER – Review by Diane Carson

Director Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer can sound, in summary, like a familiar, even trite, thriller. A slightly unhinged L.A. undercover police detective gets obsessed with an ugly vengeance crusade. But, as with Kusama’s debut feature Girlfight (2000), there the expected trajectory ends as a traumatized Erin Bell, played with ferocious fury by an almost unrecognizable Nicole Kidman, pursues her target.

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THE UPSIDE – Review by Susan Granger

Based on the 2011 French film The Intouchables, this heartfelt comedy is about the developing friendship between an ex-convict and a quadriplegic Manhattan billionaire. Confined to a wheelchair after a devastating paragliding accident, Philip Lacasse is calmly interviewing potential caregivers when surly Dell Scott wanders into his penthouse by mistake, thinking he’s applying for a janitorial position.

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SPOTLIGHT January 2019: Karyn Kusama, Feminist Filmmaker, DESTROYER

A vocal advocate for women filmmakers, Kusama has consistently spoken passionately about the importance of diversity in the film industry. The success of Destroyer will no doubt continue to raise the visibility of the platform from which Kusama speaks, not only as an artist, but as a woman whose voice has been stifled so many times by a male-dominated industry who in the past have been so shamefully dismissive of the important things she has to tell us and of her extraordinarily skillful and creative way of telling them.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Hollywood Film Awards to Honor Kidman, Weisz and Chalamet – Brandy McDonnell reports

In addition to her chameleonic performances, Kidman is being recognized for her career-long support of independent filmmakers, particularly women. Through her production company, Blossom Films, she has produced many projects, including last year’s “Big Little Lies,” which was a phenomenon that entered not only the cultural, but the social zeitgeist.

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