MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 31, 2020: RADIOACTIVE

In a time when we seem forced to plead with society daily to believe both women and science, the story of Marie Curie feels especially relevant, despite taking place more than a century ago. Marjane Satrapi’s Radioactive brings this fierce, opinionated, passionate woman (played powerfully by Rosamund Pike) to vivid life, chronicling how she changed the course of history with her discovery of radium.

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RADIOACTIVE – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Feminist, feverish and flushed with the need to achieve her destiny while overcoming the scientific patriarchy that stood in her way, Rosamund Pike’s take on Marie Curie, the Polish-born mother of radium and polonium, gives the biopic Radioactive an indelible pulse and a tartly brusque sense of purpose. That said, I haven’t felt so nervous for a character’s well-being since Nicole Kidman’s cabaret performer Satine began coughing in between pop tunes in Moulin Rouge!

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RADIOACTIVE – Review by Loren King

The film adheres to enjoyably conventional depictions of Marie Curie’s rise as a gifted, obsessed scientist who suffers no fools and wins the Nobel Prize twice, but it shifts in time and tone to also examine the future outcomes that Curie’s groundbreaking discoveries of the elements radium and polonium wrought on the world, namely, the creation of the atomic bomb.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Pike Plays Curie in biopic RADIOACTIVE on Amazon – Brandy McDonnell reports

Rosamund Pike stars as Madame Marie Curie in Radioactive, Marjan Satrapi’s dramatic bio pic that chronicles the life and achievements of the Polish-French physicist and chemist who discovered radium and polonium, became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and became the first and only person to win the acclaimed honor twice. The highly anticipated film is releasing on Amazon Prime.

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RADIOACTIVE – TIFF19 Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

With its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, the breathtaking success of Radioactive hinges on two extraordinary women. One, of course, is the film’s subject, the famous French scientist Marie Curie who was not merely the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but the only person to win it twice in two different arenas of scientific study. The second is the film’s director, French-Iranian polymath Marjane Satrapi.

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A PRIVATE WAR – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

As someone notes here, “there are no old and bold journalists.” And we don’t get many movies about them… and even fewer about a woman who is this fearless, this badass, this outrageously good at her work. It’s not that these women do not move through the world. They do. We just don’t get the movies celebrating them. We need them.

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Matthew Heineman and Rosamund Pike on APRIVATE WAR – Lauren Bradshaw interviews

Oscar-nominated documentarian Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) knocks it out of the park with his first dramatic feature film, A Private War. Based on the life of Marie Colvin, an American journalist killed while reporting on the Syrian Civil War, this film is as powerful as it is important, especially at a time like this when attacks on the news media (and journalists in particular) are becoming more and more news stories themselves.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, Sept. 29-Oct. 3: GONE GIRL

Opening Oct. 3, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Gone Girl, David Fincher’s hotly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling page turner. Flynn has also written the screenplay, which sees Ben Affleck as an adoring husband who must fight to prove his innocence when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears. A stylish, intriguing thriller where nothing is as it seems…Read on…

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