Summer Preview: Movies By, For, and About Women

June 28, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

This summer, there are several notable woman-centric titles that are worth hunting down.

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Movie Review: ‘45 Years’ — Charlotte Rampling, Controversial But Oscar-Worthy

June 14, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Charlotte Rampling is utterly mesmerizing, conveying a lifetime of hopes and irredeemable sadness through her subtle and often silent presence.

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Movie Review: ‘Love & Friendship’ — Jane Austen Addresses Marriage and Mothers

June 7, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The average age of a Jane Austen heroine is 18.8. Enter Lady Susan, a widowed mother of 40 or so. She is refined, attractive, and boasts a far superior intellect than the friends and family she surrounds herself with.

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Movie Review: ‘Alice Through the Looking-Glass’

May 31, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

If ‘Alice Through the Looking-Glass’ has a saving grace, it’s the message that women are as capable as men.

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‘A Bigger Splash’: Mythology, Rock ’n’ Roll and the Houseguest from Hell

May 17, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

‘A Bigger Splash’ is artistic, unusual and deeply affecting. But, despite the quality of the film’s direction, writing, casting and brilliant cinematography by Yorick Le Saux, it feels theatrical and deliberately artificial.

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‘The Gender Gap’: 30 Years of Women’s Voices at the Polls (Film Review)

May 3, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

In 1984, more than thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan was running for re-election and a young filmmaker named Jenny Rohrer produced and directed a 16-minute short entitled ‘Women’s Voices: The Gender Gap Movie’ in conjunction with Kartemquin films.

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Helen Mirren’s ‘Eye in the Sky’: Difficult Questions and No Easy Answers

April 26, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Not only is it encouraging to see women in so many roles in ‘Eye in the Sky’ that are not gender traditional (mission commander, co-pilot, Undersecretary of State, identity analyst), but motives and feelings aren’t distributed along expected lines either. There are equal parts compassion and determination displayed by men and women alike.

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New Fashion Films for Your Must-Watch List

April 22, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

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‘The First Monday in May’ (released April 15 and in theaters now ) takes a candid look at the the MET Costume Institute’s preparations for last year’s ambitious exhibition ‘China: Though the Looking Glass’ and its gala.

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Crossing the Hollywood Gender Divide

April 20, 2016 by Paige Morrow Kimball

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By Paige Morrow Kimball

“Women in the middle are often discarded,” Alexander Janko says, “just when they’re hitting their prime—both in their life roles as well as in entertainment. I fervently believe the world’s a better place when we’re in touch with our feminine energy.”

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On the Bright Side: Sisterly Love — ‘Jane Wants a Boyfriend’

April 18, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

The film straddles the difficult line between taking its characters seriously and keeping the action lighthearted enough to be entertaining and engaging. The theme is love between people of differing abilities, but the central “love story” is really about the two sisters.

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How Karen Allen Has Lived Her Life on Her Own Terms

April 13, 2016 by Paige Morrow Kimball

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By Paige Morrow Kimball

At 64 Karen Allen plays the lead role in the new film “Year by the Sea,” and later this year she will direct her first film—a project she’s wanted to do for more than 40 years.

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‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2:’ The Sequel We Didn’t Know We Were Waiting For

March 29, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Virtually every single character from ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ is back. And the familiar cast appears to be having a wonderful time.

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Sally Field, Still Surprising at 69 in ‘Hello, My Name is Doris’

March 24, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

You could call it a “coming of age” story, complete with a mentor (the 13-year-old Vivian) and several wrong turns. But like all good coming of age stories, the heroine’s challenges are key to her ability to change. And this delightful film shows that we are never too old for what comes next.

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Movie Review: Tina Fey Is a Woman on a Mission in ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’

March 22, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

‘Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot’ is an engaging, entertaining movie. And Tina Fey is wonderful in it. (One begins to wonder if there’s anything this brilliant writer, producer, actor can’t do.) But, it could have been much more.

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The 2016 Oscars: Controversy, Conversation and . . . Cookies

March 1, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

By Alexandra MacAaron

Opportunities have to come before recognition. A more diverse, inclusive group of young filmmakers, actors and writers need to have an equal chance to hone their craft — from education to entry-level jobs, financial backing and colorblind casting. Then we’ll really have an Oscars worth celebrating.

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