WEEK IN WOMEN: Sally Field receives SAG Lifetime Achievement Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

SAG Award and Oscar-winning performer Sally Field has been named the 58th recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Field will be presented with the performers union’s top honor at the 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony, which will be broadcast live on Netflix’s YouTube channel on Feb. 26 from the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles

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80 FOR BRADY – Review by T.J. Callahan

At least Tom Brady has something to look forward to this February. Welcome to AARP Theater. When the median age of the four female stars of a movie is 84, expect a lot of old timer jokes along with flirting, fumbling and finally inspiration. That’s exactly what you get if your game plan includes 80 For Brady, the inspired by true events story of four New England Patriot fans who decide to go to Super Bowl 51 in Houston to see their beloved Tom Brady play in person.

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80 FOR BRADY – Review by Susan Kamyab

80 For Brady plays out about as well as Tom Brady did in his last game against the Cowboys. It’s a major fumble in almost every aspect. 80 for Brady is loosely based on the true story of a group of best friends who are Tom Brady superfans. In the film, they take a life-changing trip to the Superbowl to see their hero play. The journey to get to the game has a few of bumps along the way, including lost tickets, health scares, and an accidental drugging. And through all that, you might chuckle a few times, but a lot of the comedy is forced and rushed.

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SPOILER ALERT – Review by Lois Alter Mark

Considering its title, I’m not giving anything away by saying that the hero dies in Spoiler Alert. In fact, the movie makes that clear in the opening scene. But – spoiler alert – I still cried. The romantic comedy/tearjerker is based on Michael Ausiello’s memoir about his real-life relationship with Kit Cowan, who was, ultimately, diagnosed with terminal cancer. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s real. Spoiler Alert may not have a happy ending but it’s still a crowd pleaser. It’s also a gentle reminder that the vow couples make to have and to hold “in sickness and in health” is no joke.

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DESERT OF FORBIDDEN ART (2011) – Retroview by Jennifer Merin

In remote Uzbekistan, documentary filmmakers Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev find an unknown museum in which a single collector, Igor Savitsky, managed to save 44,000 world class art works from sure destruction by the repressive Soviet regime that deemed them anti-Soviet and had banned them. If you love art and history and heros, you will love The Desert of Forbidden Art.

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