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Miss Juneteenth AWFJ.org Review

There are many who won’t recognize the lead actress in writer/director Channing Godfrey Peoples’ first feature Miss Juneteenth. Nicole Beharie is another of the highly-talented, woefully underutilized Black actors that deserve far more recognition and far wider casting options. Though you may not know her award-winning turn in 2008’s American Violet, a fictionalized account of the civil …

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Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth AWFJ.org Review

Anyone who wants to have a baby should have one. Few people, at least rational ones, will argue that. Let’s shift that statement to say ‘everyone, even trans men, should be able to have a baby’. Still on the bandwagon? Whether you are or you aren’t, Seahorse will be a thought-provoking, engrossing experience that might reframe your …

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The King of Staten Island AWFJ.org review

Other than director Judd Apatow and co-screenwriter Dave Sirus, I’m not sure anyone knew Pete Davidson had even a shred of acting talent. The King of Staten Island will change that. Davidson stars as Scott Carlin, a version of himself, in a story loosely-based on his experience with depression, drug addiction, borderline personality disorder, and …

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Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl AWFJ.org Review

I’ve heard from every corner lately, and from quite diverse career environments, that women have to work harder than anyone else, harder than anyone ever imagines is possible, in order to get anywhere in their chosen metier. Once again, and in dramatic fashion, that sentiment has been brought home in director Amy Goldstein’s documentary, Kate Nash: …

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Looney Tunes Cartoons on HBO Max Review

There’s great news for fans of Bugs Bunny and friends, as well as for the youngsters the elder fans want to indoctrinate into the Looney Tunes fold. HBO Max is bringing Looney Tunes back with a series of new cartoons created with great style and panache by Peter Browngardt. With a name that’s as uninventive …

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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 …