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My Life as a Zucchini (My Life as a Courgette) Review: These quirky French orphans rule

My Life as a Zucchini (My Life as a Courgette) Review: This year at the Oscars the animated features category offered some surprises.  Along with frontrunners Zootopia Moana and the under-seen Kubo and the Two Strings, lesser-known titles The Red Turtle and My Life as a Zucchini were also included.  The French-Swiss stop-motion coming-of-age film …

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KEDi Review: This documentary on the cats of Istanbul mesmerizes

In Istanbul, cats have been an essential part of the fabric of its communities for thousands of years.  There are hundreds of thousands of them roaming free in the city. The new film KEDi is from Turkish director/producer Ceyda Torun. She highlights these animals, and how they exist independently yet often choose to interact with …

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A United Kingdom Review: Female director Amma Asante brings us a love story of the brave real-life couple that changed a country

This weekend sees the release of A United Kingdom, the big screen dramatization based on Susan Williams’s nonfiction book Colour Bar, about Seretse and Ruth Khama. In the late 1940s, Khama, the Prince of Bechuanaland (now Batswana) married white English clerk Ruth Williams, and together they bravery faced the prejudice and fight against their union. …

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Greg MacGillivray Interview: Dreaming Big and the Importance of Diversity in Engineering a Better World

There’s something I find beautiful about Director Greg MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman Films. As memorial, he includes founding partner Jim Freeman, who was killed in a 1976 helicopter crash, as part of the company’s name. Speaking to him on the phone, you’d never know MacGillivray is 72 years old.  He has the kind of unfettered …

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New IMAX Film Dream Big: Engineering our World Inspires Girls to Engineer a Better World

Most of us have been to one of those museum IMAX movies: Think of To Fly, The Living Sea, and Everest. All those, and many more movies you saw on that field trip you’ll never forget, were made by director Greg MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman films. Now he’s got a new film, Dream Big: Engineering …

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Interview with Amma Asante, director of A United Kingdom

Director Amma Asante on the set of A United Kingdom. Photo by Stanislav Honzik. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved A United Kingdom, a film based on historic events, is being released just after Valentine’s Day on February 17th here in the states. Directed by Amma Asante, a UK-born daughter of …

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Honoring African-American History Month through Cinema

In what feels at present like a very unsteady and confused United States, one thing remains the same, however ignored or celebrated. The month of February is African-American History Month. This time of paying tribute to the generations of African-Americans who struggled to expand acceptance and inclusion for themselves and all members of their race, …

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Toni Erdmann Review: See this Winning, Woman-Directed, Oscar Nominated Film

Oscar nominations were announced this week.  Women working behind the camera inside and outside Hollywood and their supporters around the world were chagrined, if unsurprised, to see the list of Best Director nominations comprised entirely of men.  Worse yet, director Mel Gibson, who has been accused of anti-Semitism and repeated domestic violence, took the place …

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Power to the Protest : 5 Inspirational Documentaries to Prepare You for the Women’s March on Washington

Perhaps you’ve heard. There’s a peaceful transition of power happening in Washington DC this weekend. Also happening this weekend is potentially one of the largest protest gatherings in recorded history. There are hundreds of thousands making their voices of dissent heard by marching in Washington, but with numbers reaching over a million by being augmented …

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SILENCE Movie Review: Scorsese’s Meditation on Faith

If God is silent in the presence of human suffering, is he a god worth praising? Martin Scorsese’s SILENCE, a brutal film that leaves the viewer with that question and many others about faith, sacrifice, and what constitutes godliness, is being released nationwide this weekend. This has been the director’s passion project most of his …

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