MOVIE OF THE WEEK: October 27: NOVITIATE

motw logo 1-35Writer/director Margaret Betts’ first feature is a compelling drama that tells the sometimes-bleak story of Cathleen, an earnest young woman who decides to take the veil in the early 1960s, as Vatican II reforms dictated changes in the cloistered lives of women religious. Novitiate is a stunning eye-opener. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK August 18-25: DETROIT

Intense. Infuriating. Immediate. Kathryn Bigelow’s powerful, often-heartbreaking historical drama Detroit is all of these things and more. Set amid the chaos, violence, and anger of the riots that dominated Motor City during the summer of 1967, the film’s narrative focuses on the police brutality that took place at the Algiers Motel on July 25 and 26 of that year, and the justice system’s subsequent whitewashing of that heinous event. Continue reading…

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK March 31- April 7, 2017: THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE

motw logo 1-35The Zookeeper’s Wife is a powerful, emotional ​fact-based ​drama about both the depth of human suffering experienced during World War II and the remarkable courage and strength of character that ordinary women and men demonstrated when their friends’ and neighbors’ lives were in danger. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week January 20-27, 2017: 2OTH CENTURY WOMEN

Director Mike Mills’ new film 20TH Century Women has been described as a love letter to his mother. But it is also a portrait of a time and place, and a collection of people perched on the edge of change.Opening January 20, 2017, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is 20th CENTURY WOMEN. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, January 13 – January 20, 2017: 13TH

Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th, using the 13th Amendment as a point of departure for a revealing investigation of mass incarceration in the US, is a history lesson, cinema essay and cogent, irrefutable indictment of economic and cultural policies that are the enduring legacy of slavery. The 13th was the first nonfiction film to open the New York Film Festival. It has garnered numerous awards and is shortlisted for an Academy Award. AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The 13th, playing at select theaters and on Netflix. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 19 – 23, 2016: JULIETA – by Dorothy Woodend

Pedro Almódovar’s 20th feature film Julieta is an adaptation of three Alice Munro stories. At first glance, the Spanish auteur and the Canadian writer wouldn’t appear to have anything in common. But they both share a dedication (perhaps obsession) to detailing the secret lives of women. Curiously enough, they are also united by an attraction to the more lurid, preposterous, and occasionally downright cruel twists of fate. Opening Dec. 23, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Julieta, Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 29 – September 2: The Light Between Oceans

Opening Sept. 2, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is The Light Between Oceans,
The season of serious films kicks off with a new cargo of epic stories, sweeping vistas and major actors. One film has every single one of these things – Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans. Read On…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, August 8 – August 12: Florence Foster Jenkins

Opening Aug. 12, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Florence Foster Jenkins, Meryl Steep adds another character in her pantheon of infamous dames. This time it is an actual operatic grande dame in the eponymous form of Florence Foster Jenkins. Read on…

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 3 – July 9: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

Opening June 17, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Captain Fantastic, the sophomore film from actor-turned-filmmaker Matt Ross following his well-received 2012 directorial debut 28 Hotel Rooms. Viggo Mortensen stars as widower Ben, who is devoted to raising his six kids off the grid, imparting freedoms and values he holds most dear.
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AWFJ Movie of the Week, June 13 – June 19: FINDING DORY

Opening June 17, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Finding Dory, Pixar’s long awaited sequel to their 2003 hit animation Finding Nemo, which places Nemo’s forgetful blue fish friend Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) at the centre of the action Read on…

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