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The Addams Family review

Created by Charles Addams, The Addams Family has had a long and storied career, starting with their appearance in the New Yorker as a first single-panel cartoon in 1938. The characters have since been represented in a 60s television show, a film series, several animated series, and even a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. It was set …

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Dilili in Paris: AWFJ.org review

Dilili in Paris celebrates the beauty and much of the best of the Belle Epoque and the city of lights, but renowned director Michel Ocelot’s latest animated feature also examines philosophical and political subjects relating to race, class, gender, and art. Well-spoken and filled with politesse, Dilili is a New Caledonian mixed-race Kanak child with …

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Riot Girls: AWFJ.org review

Imagine a post-apocalyptic Stand By Me where queer girls rule and save the day, and you have a vague idea of the aesthetic of the Canadian uber-indie thriller Riot Girls. The film is filled with up-and-coming female filmmakers, including director Jovanka Vuckovic, writer Katherine Collins, producer Lauren Grant, and a host of other below-the-line artists, including cinematographer Celiana …

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Downton Abbey Review

To the manor bored aka Dame Maggie Smith saves Downton Abbey You don’t really know the fans of Downton Abbey until you sit in a darkened theater as the first strains of the theme song start playing, to a bust of applause, and even a few gasps.  Thus begins the feature film that feels like …

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AWFJ.org review: Tattoo Uprising Documentary

You’ve probably always wanted to see Werner Herzog’s tattoo, am I right? Now’s your chance. Folklorist, writer, and filmmaker Alan Govenar’s documentary Tattoo Uprising features vintage footage of the mercurial auteur showing off his Ed Hardy design, as well as other footage dating from all the back to 1980 to the present day, and interviews with noted …

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Tigers Are Not Afraid: AWFJ.org Review

When Tigers Are Not Afraid is not busy scaring you, it’s breaking your heart. Social activism meets horror meets coming-of-age in this bracing, gorgeously shot, intense multiple award-winning film that’s both written and directed by famed and favored Mexican filmmaker Issa Lopez. Since it originally premiered at Fantastic Fest in 2017, it has garnered over 50 awards …

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Love, Antosha Review

A loving yet unsentimental look at an artist lost too soon There are those of us who have known someone truly unusual and special that died young, and we live in the longterm thinking that it’s incredibly unfair. That’s just one thing the new documentary Love, Antosha does to its audience. The film, which is …

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Vita and Virginia: AWFJ.org review

There is much to love about Vita & Virginia, the new release directed by Chanya Button, and co-written by Button and actress Eileen Atkins. Atkins adapted the story from her successful stage play, in which she starred as famed writer Virginia Woolf opposite Vanessa Redgrave, who portrayed her lover, socialite and intellectual Vita Sackville-West. Much like …

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Blinded by the Light Review:

Showing the universal power of Springsteen’s poetry How much could an aspiring Pakistani-Brit writer from Luton and a musician from New Jersey have in common? Prolific and beloved writer/director/producer Gurinder Chadha’s new film Blinded By the Light suggests quite a lot. It stands in the belief that people searching for truth, no matter where they …

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One Child Nation Film Review

On August 9th, Amazon Studios releases Grand Prize winner at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, One Child Nation, from directors Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang. An examination of the policy that started in 1980, the extreme population control measure made it illegal for couples to have more than one child. Though it ended in 2015, …