Family Story ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ Melts the Heart

August 25, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Growing up and growing strong with a bipolar dad may have seemed like an impossible mission. But, clearly, writer/director Maya Forbes’ film ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ shows she has moved forward. Her tribute to her father and their troubled times together is worth seeking out. It’s not always easy to watch but, all-in-all, it’s a good story.

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‘Ricki and the Flash:’ Meryl Streep and a Motherhood Not Taken

August 11, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

There are several ways “Ricki and the Flash” might have gone. A fish-out-of-water comedy: punk rocker vs. the gated community. Or earnest family drama with secrets and lies and Oscar-worthy revelations. But, thankfully, Ricki avoids most of these Hollywood formulas. Much of the credit goes to Meryl Streep, of course.

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The Wednesday Five—Women and the Art of Friendship on Film

July 29, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this iteration of The Wednesday Five, we turn to the screen and share with you five compelling films (many of them adapted from the page) that pay homage to the gift that is the enduring friendships among women.

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Nobody’s Bridesmaid: Amy Schumer Brings her Unique Smart, Fearless Humor to the Big Screen in ‘Trainwreck’

July 28, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Amy Schumer is a feminist. And she’s really funny. She serves up joke after joke, and she doesn’t seem to mind if she herself is the joke as long as it makes us laugh.

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Movie Review: Sweet Possibilities in ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’

July 10, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Like other later-in-life romantic movies, ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’ tells us that it’s never too late to fall in love. But, don’t expect a completely happy ending.

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All This, and Popcorn Too? How the Film ‘Inside Out’ Justifies Teen Turmoil for a Broad Audience

July 7, 2015 by Victoria Woodard Harvey

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By Victoria Woodard Harvey

For female audiences especially, the film’s most significant tragedy centers on Riley’s core values crumbling and tumbling irretrievably into an abyss. This particular visual is a painful and graphic reminder of the fragility of a young woman’s sense of self.

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The Wednesday Five: Fathers in Film

June 17, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

In this week’s Wednesday Five we share with you five iconic films featuring fathers of the big screen. Gather the family together for these beautiful stories about fatherhood and strong father figures whose children are at the center of their lives.

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The Wednesday 5: Military Women in Film

May 27, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday 5, as we continue to carry on the spirit of Memorial Day, we are thinking of our military women and their presence and portrayals in film and documentaries.

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Netflix Review: “Grace and Frankie”—Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Make a Delightful Odd Couple

May 12, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (who both look fabulous at, respectively, 77 and 75) are perfectly matched. As you watch each 30-minute episode of this Netflix series, you can appreciate not only their acting, but how much fun they’re having.

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Where Are All the Stage Mothers? (Maternal Roles Get Short Shrift in the Theater)

May 5, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Historically, both straight plays and musicals have been a little biased when it comes to maternal characters.

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The Wednesday 5: The Netflix Five—Women-Directed Films

April 29, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

In this iteration of The Netflix Five, we share with you five compelling films directed by five equally compelling women directors—all streaming on Netflix.

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Movie Review: “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” Lives Up to Its Name—Unfortunately

March 24, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

“The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” may be a shadow of the former film. But there’s a fine reason to see it. Several fine reasons, actually.

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A Film for International Women’s Day

March 8, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

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“Feminism may have promised equality and sought a better and fairer world for women but the reality is that girls make up almost a quarter of the world’s population yet still face the greatest discrimination of any group in the world.”

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Wednesday 5: Five Films on Brave and Courageous Women

March 4, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

In this week’s Wednesday 5 we honor the start of Women’s History Month with five documentaries (all available for streaming on Netflix) featuring the lives and stories of brave and courageous women.

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Diary of an Oscars Weekend, Part 3

February 25, 2015 by Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

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Playwright/producer/screenwriter Elizabeth Hemmerdinger offers an inside look at what it was like out there in Hollywood during Oscars weekend. Here’s Part 3 of our series—working the parties on Oscars Day.

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