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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SEBERG – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

The cat-and-mouse game that French New Wave icon Jean Seberg never realized she was playing with the FBI is the crux around which the confused Seberg pivots. By far the most compelling aspect of this limp, strangled attempt to merge the biopic with the paranoid thriller is the central performance by the always fascinating Kristen Stewart.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 21, 2020: THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS

Help comes from unexpected places when needed the most in The Kindness of Strangers, Lone Scherfig’s heartfelt drama about a handful of people whose lives intersect amid the bustling anonymity of New York City. Centering on the plight of a woman who flees an abusive marriage with her two young sons, the narrative shows how circumstances — and life itself — can turn on a dime.

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For Valentine’s Day 2020: Men We Love

To celebrate Valentine’s Day 2020, AWFJ is posting this virtual Valentine to express our love for and to honor our male colleagues who’ve embraced the causes of gender parity and inclusively, and whose work has and is leveling the playing field for women working in film. For many of them, advocacy and activism for better representation of women on camera and behind the lens dates back to before #MeToo became an iconic hashtag and the feminist movement marched into the spotlight.

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GREED – Review by Maitland McDonagh

Based on the lavish life and crimes of taste, decorum and common decency of UK cheap-fashion mogul Philip Green, whose low-rent boutiques catered to the young and trendy, Michael Winterbottom’s Greed–a breezy chronicle of bad behavior by the rich and notorious–is either a cautionary tale or an exhortation to just do it, depending on which way your moral compass points.

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DOWNHILL – Review by Diane Carson

Too often Hollywood convinces itself that an impressive foreign film should be remade, the potential financial gain so irresistible. Unfortunately, the remakes usually pale by comparison for many reasons: social context differences or the U.S. version fails to capture the vivid essence of the original. Sadly, that is the blunder writ large for Downhill, a disastrous reboot of Force Majeure.

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THE PHOTOGRAPH – Review by Leslie Combemale

From its first moments, The Photograph, with its underlying romantic jazz score and winning co-leads, is calling the viewers into an intimate slow dance, maybe with Luther Vandross playing, that feels safe, sexy, and so satisfying you won’t want it to end. It’s the sort of movie that’s rarely made anymore, yet here it is.

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THE LONG WALK – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

While a fascination with guilt, regret, memory and the bonds of memory (all seen through an unapologetically feminist lens) permeates her work, it is in The Long Walk that Mattie Do reveals the depths of her talent, the extent of her humanity and the potential to even further consolidate her status as one of the most important Asian filmmakers working today.

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WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD’S ON FIRE – Review by Carol Cling

One question sparks multiple stories, and even more questions — but precious few answers — in What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? This award-winning documentary from Italian-born Roberto Minervini focuses on a variety of African-Americans, primarily in New Orleans, attempting to deal with the gnawing, inescapable knowledge that racism is not only alive but thriving in Trump-era America.

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