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The Painter and the Thief AWFJ.org review

Some directors are born to documentary filmmaking. To be able to build an arc through real-life events, to capture the essence of real people and their challenges, building enough trust with those subjects to get at deeper truths, to keep an audience connected to the subjects, these are what make a great documentarian. Benjamin Ree …

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Military Wives AWJF.org review

In the time of COVID, we all need cathartic relief, comfort, and distraction. Without question, director Peter Cattaneo’s Military Wives, offers all that, and in spades, as the cliché says. That being said, I am someone who is tasked with identifying the bad, good, better, and best of film. As great as this film’s lead actresses …

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Bull AWFJ.org review

What cuts the deepest emotionally in Annie Silverstein’s new indie narrative, Bull, is the power of found family. The film centers on struggling 14-year-old Kris (newcomer Amber Havard) who has little to emulate in her own family, as her mother, doing time in the state penitentiary, offers parental advice like punching aggressive schoolmates to show who’s …

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Blow the Man Down AWFJ.org review

Margot Martindale makes every movie better, but co-writer/directors Bridget Savage Cole and Danielle Krudy’s new indie feature Blow the Man Down needs no propping. Folie à deux is in best passive aggressive form when sisters Priscilla and Mary Beth (Sophie Lowe and Morgan Saylor), one a hot mess, and the other her unsure but ever-pliant enabler, fall down …

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Banksy Most Wanted AWFJ.org review

I remember the day that Sotheby’s auctioned off what was then called “Girl With a Balloon”. I had been following the rise of artist Banksy, (whom I will refer to as “they/them, not knowing the artist’s gender for sure), since their early days as a guerrilla street artist. From the beginning, Banksy has broken nearly …

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I Am Not an Easy Man AWFJ.org Review

Imagine, instead of what James Brown sings about in “This is a Man’s World”, we lived in a world where women have been seen as the stronger sex and in charge of everything, for thousands of years. It’s true that women, in large part, raise the children, do the lion’s share of domestic chores, all …

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The Other Lamb AWFJ review

The Other Lamb, the English-language debut of Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska feels like the fevered dream of a menstruating teen handmaid, if she were, say, “Of Donald.” It provokes the sort of disgust and repulsion we are experiencing on a daily basis when we watch the daily “press briefings”, and that’s not necessarily a bad …

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Radium Girls AWFJ.org review

“If you place a Geiger Counter over the grave of a Radium girl, it will click for a thousand years.” This written quote is part of the film Radium Girls, the shocking, fascinating, and well-executed new feature, co-directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler, based on a true story no doubt very few people had …

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The Dilemma of Desire SXSW2020 AWFJ.org Review

Are you ‘cliterate’? How many of you out there know the exact physiological structure of the clitoris? How many of you are uncomfortable with it being brought up, or even written in a sentence? That is what the new documentary The Dilemma of Desire considers as part of a larger examination of the disconnection from, and vilification …