MY LITTLE SISTER -Review by Valerie Kalfrin

My Little Sister, Switzerland’s entry for the foreign language Oscar category, ostensibly lets audiences peek inside the complex relationship between fraternal twins as one struggles with cancer. While that’s a poignant part of this tender drama, the film’s underlying story is more about how much the titular sister gives to everyone but herself.

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MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM – Review by Martha K Baker

Ma Rainey, the Mother of the Blues, stands in the spotlight serenading the Black Bottom, a Twenties’ dance. But August Wilson put her there, and this film version of his play pays homage to him as much as it does to her. A third honor in this fine film goes to Chadwick Boseman in his last remarkable role.

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MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Viola Davis more than deserves her first lead actress Oscar nomination for her knock-out performance. But it is Chadwick Bosman’s nervy and brave performance that will linger on your mind. It’s nearly assured his legacy will be honored with a posthumous lead actor spot on ballot. Bless the makers of this showbiz tale for such a spectacular showcase of this actor’s artistry and talent.

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COLLECTIVE – Review by Diane Carson

Shocking, ruthless corruption plagues health care and businesses from top to bottom in Bucharest, Romania, as meticulously detailed in director Alexander Nanau’s documentary Collective. The title comes from the nightclub Colectiv that burned October 30, 2015, twenty-seven killed on site when the band Goodbye to Gravity’s pyrotechnic display, horrifyingly captured on cell phone, ignited the club’s back wall and ceiling.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King builds Oscar buzz for ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Brandy McDonnell reports

Amazon Studios has set a release date for Oscar and Emmy winner Regina King’s feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami, which has already earned widespread acclaim and Oscar buzz on the festival circuit. The celebrated film will open in select theaters on Dec. 25, followed by a global launch on Jan. 15, exclusively on Prime Video.

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20 Femme-Helmers in the 2020 Oscars Pipeline – Susan Wloszczyna reports

One upside to this topsy-turvy season is the release of superb femme-centric, femme-helmed titles that are solid Oscars contenders that could easily make the Best Picture and Best Director cut. There are at least five actresses making their directing debuts, a pop star going behind the camera, old-school directors, new-school directors, blockbuster overseers and at least two former competitors in the category. Here is what might be the best of an encouragingly large batch.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: AAMPAS Sets New Diversity Standards for Best Picture – Brancy McDonnell reports

As part of the Academy’s Aperture 2025 initiative, the standards are designed to encourage equitable representation on and off screen to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience, according to a news release. The Academy’s goals with Aperture 2025 are to further the dialogue and challenge its history to create a more equitable and inclusive community.

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SPOTLIGHT April 2020: Ruth Carter, Costume Designer, Style Setter, Mentor

Oscar-winning costume designer Ruth Carter has carved a monumental career for herself in an industry that rarely had people of color working in her profession. Women of color, rarer still. Carter has been breaking barriers and building her reputation in the film industry for over 30 years. She’s reached the height of her aspirational dreams, turning what she’s most passionate about into her life’s work. She’s changed society through the films she’s chosen and cleared the way for acceptance of women of color in collaborative artistic positions of power in Hollywood.

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THE LONG WALK – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

While a fascination with guilt, regret, memory and the bonds of memory (all seen through an unapologetically feminist lens) permeates her work, it is in The Long Walk that Mattie Do reveals the depths of her talent, the extent of her humanity and the potential to even further consolidate her status as one of the most important Asian filmmakers working today.

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