Vikander and Weisz Shine Brightly in ‘The Light Between Oceans’

September 20, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

Director Derek Cianfrance is clearly invested in his material (he wrote the screenplay himself, based on the very successful first novel of M.L. Stedman). And, his sweeping vistas of the island and the surrounding waters take your breath away. He has also pulled very strong performances out of his fine cast (especially from Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz).

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Kamala Lopez, A Woman Who Is Making A Difference

September 13, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

By Alexandra MacAaron

In the documentary “Equal Means Equal,” writer, director, producer Kamala Lopez walks us through a dozen disturbing issues that women face today and the failure of our nation to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Drawing on the day’s headlines, I asked her about Chessy Prout, the brave young woman who has come forward as the heretofore-anonymous rape victim at St. Paul’s prep school. In her passionately outspoken way, Lopez quickly broadened the question.

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Movie Review: ‘Equal Means Equal’ — An Idea Long Overdue

September 6, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

In her ambitious film, ‘Equal Means Equal,’ Kamala Lopez points out that “72% of Americans are completely invested in the false belief that the genders are explicitly equal under the U.S. Constitution.”

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TV Preview: The Small Screen Offers Big Roles for Women

August 30, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

A quick look at the TV shows premiering this fall is so encouraging. On the small screen, the broadcast networks have stepped up with several new titles that center around a female protagonist.

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When Women Invest In Films About Women (In the News)

August 30, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

With the film ‘Equity’ receiving wonderful reviews before its nationwide release on September 2, it is of note that the major investors in the film are also women.

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Movie Review: ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ — Meryl Streep at Her Most Delicious (and Discordant)

August 23, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

“People may say I ‘can‘t’ sing,” Florence Foster Jenkins once said, “But no one can ever say I ‘didn’t’ sing.”

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‘Movie Logic’: 7 Impossible Things Regularly Seen in Films

August 16, 2016 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

I thought about the number of things that regularly happen in “movie logic” that are psychologically or physically impossible (or improbable). Films that avoid these devices are better for it.

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Movie Review: ‘Café Society’ — Simple Pleasures from a Seasoned Director

August 9, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

By Alexandra MacAaron

If the story sounds simple, it is. There are moments of Woody Allen’s philosophical musings: “Life is a comedy written by a sadistic comedy writer;” “Unrequited love kills more people than tuberculosis;” and “The unexamined life is not worth living. But the examined one is no bargain either.” But nothing very weighty. ‘Café Society’ isn’t going to rock your world, but it’s a nice way to spend an evening and makes a very pretty picture.

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Movie Review: Motherhood Takes a Holiday in ‘Bad Moms’

August 2, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

The audience at my matinee was all women, many clutching glasses of wine. And, if their reaction was any indication, ‘Bad Moms’ is a laugh riot. What was tickling their collective funny bone? One word. Relatability. After all, what overworked and underpaid mother hasn’t fantasized about running away from it all?

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Women, Comedies, and Making Statements About Women in Comedies (In the News)

August 2, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

Can women just be funny and raunchy without always having to make a statement that women ‘can’ be funny and raunchy.

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Examining a High-Stakes World of Inequity in ‘Equity’

July 26, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

What makes ‘Equity’ particularly interesting — and probably broadens its appeal — is the fact that it’s less a women’s movie than a movie whose main characters happen to be women. At its core is a suspenseful story that could be about Wall Street wizards of any gender. But, within that story, the movie does explore several intriguing feminist themes.

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Rebuttal Review: Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Ain’t Afraid of No Critics

July 21, 2016 by Carla Baranauckas

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By Carla Baranauckas

Viewing the high definition version of “Ghostbusters” on Friday night of the opening weekend, I encountered a genuinely funny movie.

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Rebuttal Review: Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Ain’t Afraid of No Critics

July 20, 2016 by Carla Baranauckas

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By Carla Baranauckas

Viewing the high definition version of “Ghostbusters” on Friday night of the opening weekend, I encountered a genuinely funny movie.

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Movie Review: Faith Wins Out Over Fear in ‘The Innocents’

July 19, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

At the heart of ‘The Innocents’ is a community of powerful women. In fact, there are many women involved in ‘The Innocents’ behind the camera as well as onscreen, a situation I’d like to see more of in U.S. films. Perhaps that’s why the movie is so particularly powerful in its ability to dramatize the effects and aftereffects of war on women.

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Movie Review: Dreaming Big in ‘Dark Horse’

July 12, 2016 by Alexandra MacAaron

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By Alexandra MacAaron

After “a chance visit to the Boxing Day races in 2012,” Louise Ormond decided that she wanted to make a film about the racing world. She researched for several days, then came across the stranger-than-fiction story of Welsh racehorse Dream Alliance, an unlikely champion bred by a syndicate of average folk in the former mining town of Cefn Fforest. Ormond remembers, “I knew within seconds I’d do anything to make it into a film.”

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