TV Reviews: “Madam Secretary” and “How to Get Away With Murder”

September 30, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

MADAM SECRETARY

By Alexandra MacAaron

As the new secretary of state in CBS’s “Madam Secretary,” Téa Leoni must negotiate a hostage crisis, parry with a resentful chief of staff, dodge a personal stylist, and host a dinner party for an African dignitary and his ten wives. And that’s all in her first week!

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Wednesday 5: The Netflix Five—Films Featuring Inspiring Women

September 10, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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We bring back a favorite: The Netflix Five—Films Featuring Inspiring Women. We hope you find some movie time to learn about these incredible women and girls. Hurry to netflix.com; these award-winning social documentaries are streaming now.

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Movie Review: The Real Subject of ‘Boyhood’ Is Motherhood

September 1, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The performances, the story, and the way that writer/director Richard Linklater and his team seduce us into seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary make the experience of watching this movie so powerful.

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Helen Mirren Holds Culinary Court in ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

August 12, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

By Alexandra MacAaron

With its fine cast, glorious setting, and countless scenes of mouthwatering menus, ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ is an appetizing alternative to summer’s superheroes and zombies.

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Movie Review: ‘And So It Goes’ (or, Gordon Gekko Meets Annie Hall)

July 29, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Diane Keaton is earnest, sentimental, a little goofy. But the flibbertigibbet routine is getting tired. Meanwhile, Michael Douglas chews the scenery as a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge. He seems to be having a grand old time—emphasis on the word “old.”

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Beating the Box-Office Blues: 21 Summertime Movies You Can Catch at Home

July 15, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Hollywood’s summer-blockbuster emphasis on lowbrow content and high-tech special effects is a shame. Because, historically—or at least in my memory—there have been so many wonderful summer movies. Spending a hot afternoon in an air-conditioned cinema (or for those of us lucky enough to remember, an evening at a drive-in) was a precious piece of summers past.

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Movies: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Survival— ‘The Immigrant’

June 3, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Director James Gray has said that for “The Immigrant” he was inspired by the melodramas of early silent films. In his choice of leading lady, for whom he is said to have written the part, he has found a contemporary Lillian Gish. The radiant Marion Cotillard has never been more affecting or lovely.

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Movie Review: Romance and Racism in ‘Belle’

May 24, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The year is 1779. Two young ladies, lovely cousins, are reared in luxury on their great-uncle’s grand estate. One of the cousins is black, the daughter of a slave. And—unlikely as it may seem—at least some of this story is true.

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‘Fading Gigolo’: Bringing Magic to the Middle-Aged

May 13, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

By Alexandra MacAaron

“Fading Gigolo” is a hot mess, which at times, frankly, could be hotter. For a movie about a sex worker, the sex isn’t very sexy.

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Movie Review: No False Notes in “Le Week-End”

April 26, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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The banter in “Le Week-End” is clever, yet so candid that the audience feels a bit sheepish. We’re overhearing a wholly believable private conversation; these two are most definitely not on their best behavior. No company manners here.

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Movies: ‘The Lady in Number 6’—“Music Saved My Life”

March 16, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Her mother was taken to Treblinka and her husband to Dachau. Neither survived. Herz-Sommer and her son, Raphael, who was then 6, were among the lucky ones (if you can imagine using that phrase to talk about anyone persecuted during that period). They were taken to Theresienstadt.

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Wed 5: Best 2014 Oscar Moments for Women

March 5, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

In this week’s Wednesday 5 we highlight five triumphant moments that we think speak to some of the very serious issues we at “Women’s Voices” tackle year round.

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This Year’s Lackluster Oscars: Some Highs and Some Lows

March 4, 2014 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

After all, there was a lot to celebrate this year: great movies, phenomenal actresses, Ellen. I was especially looking forward to Ellen.

Frankly, I was underwhelmed.

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Oscar Central: Women’s Voices’ Live Blog of the 2014 Academy Awards

March 2, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Today is the day! It’s time for red carpets, teary speeches, and bets lost and won. We are live-blogging the Oscars tonight to cheer on our favorites and dish about the absurdities.

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Live-Blogging the Oscars! Join Us!

February 28, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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It’s time for THE red carpet of the award season, competing predictions, and some good laughter. We’ve made a tradition, at WVFC, of inviting our readers to join us in live-blogging the awards ceremonies as they happen, to cheer on our favorites and dish about the absurdities.

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