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Queen & Slim AWFJ.org review

**NOTE: I wrote a Queen & Slim review for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, part of which is included below. I urge you all to see this film, which is written and directed entirely without studio influence, contribution, or alteration or notes from any white folks. This might not sound like a big deal, …

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Charlie’s Angels Review

It’s really unfortunate that so few studio films directed by women are released each year, not least because it puts so much pressure on female filmmakers that have been graced with (read: exhausted themselves get to) the rare opportunity. Fortunately, one of the most anticipated of these, Charlie’s Angels, is a frothy, entertaining delight, and …

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Review

In director Marielle Heller’s new film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood  Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers says, “If it’s mentionable, it’s manageable.” Though he often explained his philosophy of life in ways both children and adults could understand, this quote truly speaks to the thoughtfulness and intensity with which the iconic television host of …

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Jojo Rabbit Review

Have you heard about Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi’s latest film? Maybe you’ve seen a trailer for a film that takes place in WW2, featuring a boy in a Nazi Youth uniform getting advice from an absurd-looking Hitler and thought, “Hell, no. That’s inappropriate!”  If I told you …

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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 …