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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WEEK IN WOMEN: Regina King builds Oscar buzz for ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – Brandy McDonnell reports

Amazon Studios has set a release date for Oscar and Emmy winner Regina King’s feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami, which has already earned widespread acclaim and Oscar buzz on the festival circuit. The celebrated film will open in select theaters on Dec. 25, followed by a global launch on Jan. 15, exclusively on Prime Video.

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IN CASE OF EMERGENCY – Review by Carol Cling

The new documentary, from director Carolyn Jones focuses on seven emergency nurses in disparate hospitals — from Dallas, Texas, to Dubuque, Iowa, from Lexington, Ky., to Paterson, N.J. “We put Band-Aids on a lot of the big issues we can’t fix,” says one. And, as big issues go, COVID-19 emerges as the one that plunges these ready-for-anything professionals into a different kind of trauma.

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BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM – Review by Martha K Baker

Sacha Baron Cohen, a satirist in the classic tradition, does not raise laughter so much as he raises goosebumps by being outrageous and atrocious while straddling the truth. His satire stands on the shoulders of Jonathan Swift, the 17th-century Irishman, who knew a modest proposal when he wrote one. Baron Cohen has written another. And it bites immodestly.

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THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 – Review by Susan Granger

Best known for his sharp, perceptive dialogue, peppered with succinct soliloquies, writer/director Aaron Sorkin has crafted a timely, yet talky tale, utilizing flashbacks and newsreel footage. Free speech and demonstration are interpreted as lawless rioting with the government and its supporters expressing complete faith in the police. Perhaps Sasha Baron-Cohen’s Abbie Hoffman puts it best: “The institutions of government are wonderful things, but right now are populated by some terrible people.”

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Luis Manuel and John James on SIEMPRE LUIS, Activism and Lin Manuel Miranda – Jeanne Wolf interviews

Luis Manuel is a well-known Latin activist, an unstoppable force of change. Mid-way through his busy life in art and politics, one of his children produced a little show called Hamilton, and suddenly his name changed from Luis to ‘Lin Manuel Miranda’s Father.’ And, he didn’t mind at all.

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SHE IS THE OCEAN – Review by Lois Alter Mark

It’s said that salt water – sweat, tears or the sea – is the cure for anything. She Is The Ocean proves these are not mutually exclusive as it shines a spotlight on nine women who rely on the ocean to compete, to heal, to survive. Director Inna Blokhina has crafted a documentary about the force of nature that takes up more than 70 percent of our planet, and the lure it holds for these women – many of them forces of nature themselves.

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REBECCA – Review by Leslie Combemale

Director Ben Wheatley’s new incarnation of Rebecca is a valiant reinterpretation that is truer to Daphne Du Maurier’s book than it is to the Hitchcock film. While some might argue that a new version of the story is unnecessary, it fills the holes in our imagination as to how the tale plays out, etching into our minds how the flawed romantic characters get out of a jam.

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REBECCA – Review by Martha K Baker

It took three scriptwriters — Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse — to render Du Maurier’s gothic plot into cinematic Hamburger Helper. Here’s how: They retained the 1935 setting. They held the Depression but retained one depressed widower, a Mr. de Winter (note symbolic name á la Jung). He married a plain Jane (not her name — she’s too low-class for one).

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Hollywood Commission Challenges Claims of Diversity Accomplishment – Brandy McDonnell reports

The Hollywood Commission, chaired by Anita Hill, found a gulf between what show business claims it has done to close workplace gaps in diversity and inclusion and what the industry has actually accomplished in that arena. “Men in Hollywood appear to inhabit a parallel universe when it comes to their overwhelmingly positive perception of progress in welcoming and valuing diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives,” the Hollywood Commission said in its second report.

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