LIZ WHITTEMORE helms ReelNewsDaily.com, hosts Girls On Film Podcast, blogs horror at I SCREAM YOU SCREAM, serves as a member of Team #MOTW and as an AWFJ Board Member.

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THE GREEN YEARS – Review by Diane Carson

A bonus of enjoying restorations is discovering previously unfamiliar directors and their work. That’s the case with Portuguese director Paulo Rocha whose 1963 The Green Years didn’t receive a U.S. release. Now available, Rocha’s debut film takes its place among new wave gems shot on location, in beautiful black and white, following its protagonist through coming-of-age romantic experiences.

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ROSE PLAYS JULIE (MIFF 2020) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Rose Plays Julie is not shy in its approach to the thematic intersection of power, gender difference and violence and how they feed into the lived experience of women in particular. But it approaches its subject matter with a sophisticated balance of sensitivity and frankness that make these themes both poignant and, at times, far from subtle.

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MADE IN ITALY – Review by Martha K Baker

Do not confuse Made in Italy with The Burnt Orange Heresy. Yes, both are set in beautiful, sunny Italy and both are about art and artists and art dealers. Whereas The Burnt Orange Heresy centers on stealing and head trips, Made in Italy focuses on an estranged widower and his motherless son’s finding each other.

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JUST 6.5 (MIFF 2020)- Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Fast, smart and thrilling, Just 6.5 is a wild ride into the dark side of Iranian genre cinema. With a climax that demands we rethink the entire ethical construct of how the judicial system treats drug related offenses, Just 6.5 sees Saeed Roustayi excel with his sophomore feature.

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MADE IN ITALY – Review by Lana Wilson-Combs

Liam Neeson, best known as the tough guy with the “special set of skills” in actioners like Taken, Run All Night and Non-Stop, shows a softer and more compassionate side in his latest movie Made in Italy. Directed and written by actor James D’Arcy (Avengers: Endgame and Dunkirk), Made in Italy is a slow moving, yet gripping drama set in beautiful Tuscany, Italy.

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THE GRIZZLIES – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

The Grizzlies, about a real-life lacrosse team of Inuit high-schoolers in a small Arctic town in Canada, has much more at stake than just winning or losing. It’s about living rather than dying in a colonized community where a diamond mine is the main source of income and few opportunities exist for the marginalized indigenous people who reside there. Drugs and alcoholism are rampant as are domestic abuse and teen suicides.

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THE GRIZZLIES – Review by Loren King

From the opening title sequence featuring vintage photos of the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic, The Grizzlies is rich in cultural specificity and in an atmosphere that’s both gritty and beautiful. The remote Canadian town is bleak and barren save for a few desolate shacks where kids with no futures commit suicide at alarming rates and where adults regularly pass out drunk on sagging sofas.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: rePRO by mama.film Film Fest explores reproductive healthcare and more — Brandy McDonnell reports

rePRO by mama.film, a new five-day virtual film festival dedicated to exploring women’s reproductive healthcare, awareness, advocacy and bodily integrity in America, has announced its lineup for the inaugural festival, which will take place online from Aug. 12-16.

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