MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 12, 2018: THE POST

motw logo 1-35It’s hard to think of a movie with a more timely, important message than “The Post.” Steven Spielberg’s drama tells the story of the publication of the Pentagon Papers in the ’70s, but the film’s scenes of journalists passionately advocating for a free, independent press in a democracy could just as easily be set in today’s world of “fake news” conflict between the media and the government. Continue reading….

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 5, 2018 : MOLLY’S GAME

motw logo 1-35MOLLY’S GAME presents the truth-based story of a young woman whose moxie and determination lead her down a path of unwise choices, and then allow her to find a way out of the difficult circumstances in which she lands. Jessica Chastain’s performance certainly does justice to Molly’s quest. Continue reading….

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 29: Best Female Characters of 2017

motw logo 1-35With thanks to the movie industry women and men who’ve brought them into our consciousness, Team #MOTW pays tribute to the brilliant female characters who’ve joined our pantheon of feminist film goddesses during 2017. They are a legion of strong, complex, compelling fictional, truth-based and real life women whose stories, struggles, aspirations and accomplishments inspire us. continue reading….

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK December 8: THE TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES

motw logo 1-35In “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,” manicured lawns, sprawling houses, and groomed beaches can’t prevent family turmoil from wreaking havoc in the life of teenage Medina (Maika Monroe). Written by Karen Croner, the drama features a strong performance by Jennifer Garner, playing against type as Medina’s emotionally unstable mother. Continue reading..

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 27: THE DANCER

motw logo 1-35Stephanie Di Gusto’s drama illuminates the life of the immensely gifted Loie Fuller who dreamed of sharing the art of dance with the world. With lush cinematography, compelling acting, and gorgeous dance performances, “The Dancer” makes good on Fuller’s ambitions. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 21: BOMBSHELL – THE HEDY LAMARR STORY

motw logo 1-35Alexandra Dean’s engaging biodoc reveals that the Hollywood siren was as brainy as she was beautiful. The gossip columns, never let the public know Lamarr’s world class inventions helped the Allies win World War II and are the foundation of modern wireless technology. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 17: THE BREADWINNER

motw logo 1-35The hardship of being female under Taliban rule is agonizingly clear in The Breadwinner, an engaging and heartwrenching animated tale about a girl who must pretend to be a boy so she can provide for her impoverished and beleaguered family. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 10: MUDBOUND

motw logo 1-35Telling the intertwining stories of two families — one white, one black — living on the same piece of rural Mississippi farmland in the 1940s, Dee ReesMudbound blends strong performances, notable cinematography, and heartbreaking human drama. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK November 3, 2017: 11/8/16

motw logo 1-35Whether your Democrat or Republican, left or right wing, this election day documentary challenge you to think about how we make political decisions and the consequences of decisions we make. Beautifully edited, shot by a consortium of documentary filmmakers working simultaneously across the nation, 11/8/16 is a compelling, patchwork overview of our cultural landscape and political process. A must see. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK: Best Femme-Helmed, Femme-Centric Films of 2017, November Update

Focusing on films directed by women and those featuring strong female characters in female-centric stories, AWFJ’s Team #MOTW endorses one Movie of The Week. In August, Team #MOTW listed our favorite films to date — some #MOTW selections, others not. We’re updating that list to include August to November releases. 2017’s films by and about women presents a rich array of female talent, skill and artistic accomplishment. We hope they’ll see a fare share of appreciation during awards season Continue reading…

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