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

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’

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

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

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’

By Alexandra MacAaron
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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Netflix Continues to Tease Its Upcoming ‘Return to Stars Hollow’

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

As a parent, one attracts advice constantly. Sometimes it’s welcome and sometimes not. Sometimes it is absolutely perfect. A few years ago, my best friend, her two daughters and my own mother suggested (insisted would be a better word) that I needed to watch a certain series with my then tween daughter. It was 'Gilmore Girls,' and they were right!

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So Many Happy Endings at ‘Downton Abbey’

By Alexandra MacAaron
By Alexandra MacAaron

All right, ladies. Please pour yourself a cup of tea, select a cucumber sandwich, take out an exquisite sheet of your most formal stationery and your favorite fountain pen. It’s time we all wrote a heartfelt “thank you” note to Julian Fellowes.

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