Movie Review: ‘The Second Mother’ Is First-Rate

September 29, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

Writer and director Anna Muylaert has woven an interesting and layered story around the theme of a mother’s sacrifice. She began the project as a reflection of motherhood and social structure in her country.

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Women of Reinvention: Paige Morrow Kimball

September 25, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

We’ve decided to pay tribute to these women in our Women of Reinvention Series, acknowledging that for each of them (and you), the concept of reinvention takes on very different and nuanced meanings, and is often redefined at various points in our lives. For some women, reinventing themselves is about survival; for others, it’s about new beginnings; and for others, like Paige Morrow Kimball, it’s simply about adding to who you already are.

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Movie Review: ‘Learning to Drive’ — Patricia Clarkson and the Road to Independence

September 15, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

This odd couple has much to learn from each other — and I’m not just talking about parallel parking. The set-up, while improbable, is simple and their scenes together are well-written and deftly acted. As they should be, with two of Hollywood’s most accomplished pros behind the wheel.

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The Wednesday 5: The Netflix Five—Wonder Women on Screen

September 9, 2015 by Women's Voices For Change

Last week, Alexandra MacAaron wrote about the empowering Wonder Women coming this Fall to network TV’s list of shows. In this iteration of The Wednesday Five, we are following suit and heading to the big screen. For the The Netflix Five, we share with you five films featuring compelling women (and girls) characters—all newly streaming on Netflix this month.

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Don’t Mess with ‘Grandma’: Lily Tomlin Delivers in Her Latest Role

September 8, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


By Alexandra MacAaron

‘Grandma’ remains Lily Tomlin’s star vehicle. The movie is just under an hour and a half, but she delivers in that short time. Her wise-cracking one-liners are tempered by a real sense of loss and vulnerability.

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Family Story ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ Melts the Heart

August 25, 2015 by Alexandra MacAaron


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


By Alexandra MacAaron

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

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