is Exec Editor of Common Sense, where she also reviews films. Her commentaries are on Reel.com and Hollywood.com. She’s lead writer for AWFJ’s #MOTW

  Female Film Critics 24/365  recent blog posts

JULY 22 – Review by Diane Carson

July 22 honors Norway’s strength and heart. Writer/director Paul Greengrass has demonstrated his talent for boldly dramatizing sensitive subjects. In July 22, he takes on the worst terrorist attack in Norway’s history. The massacre on Utoya Island — where dozens of teenagers were attending a Labor Party Camp — left seventy-seven people dead and dozens injured.

Read more

TEA WITH THE DAMES – Review by Martha K Baker

In the midst of movies that call for blood, curses, and mayhem, “em>Tea with the Dames offers those ingredients elegantly and eloquently from dames of the British realm who are also stars of stage and screen. At tea are Dame and Lady Joan Plowright, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Judi Dench, and Dame Eileen Atkins.Tea with the Dames is literate, funny, poignant, a respite and a reminder. Utterly delicious, this tea with Champagne with the Dames.

Read more

WEEK IN WOMEN: THE CHI’s Lena Waithe Shouts #MeToo to Variety’s Power Women – Brandy McDonnell reports

Lena Waithe – the multi-hyphenate creator of the Showtime series “The Chi” – gave a rallying cry for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements at Variety’s recent Power of Women event, declaring that women “won’t be treated like second class citizens.”

Read more

FIRST MAN – Review by Susan Granger

Based on James R. Hansen’s First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong (2005), the film is adapted as a docudrama by Josh Singer and cinematographer Linus Sandgren, focusing on Apollo 11, America’s first successful manned mission to the moon, making good on Pres. John K. Kennedy’s vision for the future and “a giant leap for mankind.”

Read more

FIRST MAN – Review by Diane Carson

A monumental scientific and historical event, Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon on July 21, 1969, the first person to do so. Director Damien Chazelle’s First Man puts that phenomenally difficult, dangerous event in the context of the wonder, the terror, the tragedies and the triumph that go along with it. Moreover, we feel Armstrong’s overwhelming physical and emotional struggles.

Read more

PILI – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

Pili, the feature debut of British filmmaker Leanne Welham, is remarkable. It was shot in the village where it is set, utilizing mostly nonprofessional actors, telling a story that is only just barely fictionalized from their lives. There hasn’t been a movie like this one before, showcasing the determination, the dignity, and the indomitable spirit of the women of East Africa.

Read more

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE – Review by Martha K Baker

Bad Times is ostensibly a thriller about a hotel, half in Nevada, half in California. At the outset, that’s kinda funny because the thick red line demarcating states runs through the parking lot and the lobby. Guests get to pick which state to stay in, but since most of the rooms have not been serviced and the others run along an observation corridor, it’s not a choice.

Read more