ZOLA – Review by Liz Braun

A stripper gets more than she bargained for in Zola, a bawdy road trip about sex work, female friendship and the messy world of men. This is ostensibly a comedy, but there’s a dark side to it all that makes Zola a real innocence-to-experience trip, most of that captured through the performance of Taylour Paige in the title role. To put the best possible light on things, it’s a great yarn about storytelling.

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ZOLA – Review by April Neale

Noir dramedies based on “real people” and “true events” always resonate deeper and more receptively with those who find the characters familiar, relatable, and through the magic of great scriptwriters and stellar acting, redeemable.

In Zola, writer and director Janicza Bravo gives us a female “almost buddy” film that goes horribly south, showing off the worst of a particular class of white people, black people, and skeevy characters in-between the lot. Nobody, save for Zola, is someone you would want to know, but they sure can be funny.

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THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME – Review by Susan Granger

If this dreary dirge didn’t have an all-star cast, it would never have been green-lit – and, sadly, the actors cannot save it. Set in the 1950s and ‘60s in the rural Appalachian towns of Knockemstiff, Ohio, and Coal Creek, West Virginia, it’s a cruel, domestic drama, featuring some really sick, sadistic families affected by two sin-soaked, Bible-thumping preachers.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Riley Keough to star in DAISY JONES & THE SIX – Brandy McDonnell reports

Riley Keough is set to play the title role in the upcoming Amazon original series Daisy Jones & The Six, with director Niki Caro also on board for the show, which is based on the best-selling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Caro will direct multiple episodes, including the initial installment, and will work as executive producer alongside Reese Witherspoon.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 11-17: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Opening May 15, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller’s high octane reboot of his 1979 post apocalyptic action classic, with Tom Hardy taking the lead as unassuming rebel Max Rockatansky Read on…

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