JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

“What in the world is wrong with Jane Fonda?” is the opening question of Jane Fonda in Five Acts, an extraordinarily intimate and perceptive new HBO biography. It’s a cleverly ironic way for director Susan Lacy to begin framing her portrait of the legendary actress and activist, structuring the film around extensive on camera interviews in which Fonda examines her own life story.

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AWARDS INTELLIGENCER: Early Oscars Buzz for LEAVE NO TRACE — Jennifer Merin reports

Beloved by Sundance and other top film festivals, as well as by the Academy and indie awards organizations and a long list of awards-presenting critics groups, Debra Granik is attracting early Oscars buzz for Leave No Trace, her third narrative feature. AWFJ selected Leave No Trace as Movie of the Week for June 29, and an informal poll of AWFJ members shows that the film is placing high on most members’ lists of best 2018 films to date. AWFJ says Leave No Trace has legs that will lead to Oscars, come awards season

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SPOTLIGHT March 2018: Rachel Morrison, Cinematographer, Oscar Nominee for MUDBOUND

awfj spotlight black littleBringing a moving image to life takes much more acquired technical skill. Capturing that collection of indelible images requires an understated ability to tap into the director’s vision and the actors’ emotions to produce breathtaking visual poetry. Cinematographer Rachel Morrison’s impressive work has long exhibited these traits.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 2, 2018: A FANTASTIC WOMAN

motw logo 1-35Chile’s Oscar-nominated “A Fantastic Woman” is a twist on 1950’s movies about women in torture who often felt invisible, as though all that concerned them was good housekeeping. In this film, our heroine is a trans woman, played by a trans actress, Daniela Vega, who is struggling to be seen for who she is and all that she is. Continue reading…

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