Daisy Bates, Unsung Heroine of the Civil Rights Movement

February 10, 2016 by Diane Vacca

Sharon La Cruise’s film explores how Daisy Bates, a black feminist who stubbornly refused to be cowed by either black men or white mobs, managed to spur the desegregation of Little Rock schools.

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Oscar’s Women: This Year’s Best of the Best

February 9, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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When the Academy Award nominations are announced, we bemoan the lack of women recognized by the industry itself, not to mention, the virtual absence of any diversity this year. However, there are two categories that by their very nature cannot exclude women. This silver screen velvet ghetto includes Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. And this year, there are many fine contenders in each.

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Movie Review: ‘The Danish Girl’ — Transexual Reality Then and Now

January 26, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

‘The Danish Girl’ is a beautiful film that reflects fine work from everyone involved. But, just as Caitlyn Jenner was criticized, justly, for joking that the hardest part of being a woman is “figuring out what to wear,” ‘The Danish Girl’ oversimplifies Lili’s transition. If all she really craves are the trappings of femininity, she is missing more than a second x-chromosome.

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‘Joy:’ J-Law Mops Up a Messy Movie

January 12, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

It may be an even greater testament to Jennifer Lawrence’s talent that she shines through an otherwise choppy movie. Her pluck, her determination and her eventual triumph are well worth rooting for.

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The Netflix Five: Christmas Spirit, On Demand

December 22, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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Here are five Netflix movies streaming now, going back nearly eight decades, that are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.

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Movie Review: ‘Carol’ — A Love Story

December 17, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the remarkable things about the film is that the issue of homosexuality is almost “incidental.” The film is a love story first, and the details of the lovers are secondary. Within the story, many of the familiar but important themes are present: How much pain can the lovers endure? What will they be willing to risk to be together? Can their love endure after they have hurt each other and is real forgiveness possible?

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Movie Review: ‘Trumbo’ and the (Gossip) Queen of Hollywood

December 15, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

‘Trumbo’ tells the story of “The Hollywood Ten,” a group of screenwriters blacklisted by the studios in the late 1940s and through the 1950s for their alleged affiliation with the Communist Party. The film’s release is timely. At what point does freedom of speech or religion or political affiliation become a threat to national security? When does our collective fear of “others” intrude upon our nation’s promise of inclusion and asylum?

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Movie Review: ‘Brooklyn,’ One Girl’s Journey Home

November 24, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

It’s this fact that makes ‘Brooklyn’ so relevant. As our country debates whether to allow refugees in, we need to reflect upon our own histories and recognize so many common dreams and goals. . . If America is home, it’s because the country welcomed one of our ancestors and gave them a chance to build a new life. We have an opportunity — and I would argue an obligation — to pay it forward.

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Movie Review: ‘Miss You Already’ Misses the Mark

November 17, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

‘Miss You Already’ tackles two topics that are important to women. If you see the movie, its unflinching portrait of breast cancer will stay with you. Sadly, the friendship between Jess and Milly probably won’t.

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Will 2015 Be Remembered as the Year Women Conquered the Movies?

November 12, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One thing that these films share, besides quality, of course, is that they depict the lives of women as complicated, embattled, and full of conflict. They also show us heroines who rise to the task of mastering the obstacles that are in their way simply because they are women.

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Movie Review: ‘Room’ — Four Walls and Boundless Love and Philosophy

November 10, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The script is so fine, the performances so fearless and the story so engrossing that the background becomes simply background. This is one of the richest stories of motherhood (and human-hood) we’ve seen at the movies in a long time.

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Movie Review: ‘Suffragette’: Well Done, Sisters

November 3, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Women’s rights are a complicated subject. They were in 1913; they are today. And, ‘Suffragette’ is a complicated, richly detailed period piece, but the struggle it dramatizes — and the very real danger its characters face — is always present. There isn’t much time for tea and crumpets when you have mailboxes (not to mention politicians’ country houses) to blow up.

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The Netflix Five: Classic Halloween Horror

October 27, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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Halloween is right around the corner and a big part of the fun (besides ingesting one’s body weight in candy corn) is getting a good scare. And, with so many horror titles available on Netflix these days, you can indulge in a spooky evening from the comfort of your couch.

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The Documentary ‘Iris’ Captures a Rare Bird Indeed

October 13, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Much of the fun of watching ‘Iris’ is getting a behind-the-scenes look at how fashion icon Iris Apfel constructs an outfit.

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Anne Hathaway Benefits from Senior Moments in ‘The Intern’

October 6, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

‘The Intern’ examines two fairly complicated subjects: the marginalization of both women and our rapidly aging population.

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