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Spirit Untamed AWFJ.org review

Long in the making, Dreamworks is finally releasing Spirit Untamed, the next chapter in the Spirit franchise which started with 2002’s Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and grew to include the Netflix Emmy-winning series Spirit Riding Free. The new animated feature is directed by female filmmaker Elaine Bogan, known for her work on Trollhunters, and was Dreamworks Television’s first female …

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In the Heights AWFJ.org Review

There’s something called ‘cave syndrome’, which is the fear of returning to normalcy after a year of pandemic isolation, even after vaccination. Now there’s a cure that should get lots of people back into theaters. It comes courtesy of director Jon M Chu and writers Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, in the form of …

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Enfant Terrible AWFJ.org Review

There are questions, as we are surrounded by 24/7 media looking for exclusives and thirsting for website clicks, that fans must continue to ask themselves. “Can one separate the art from the artist?” and “Is this negative information true about fill-in-the-blank artist/director/performer?” The new biopic Enfant Terrible, about controversial director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, begs the first …

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Spring Blossom (Seize Printemps) AWFJ.org Review

Multi-hyphenate Suzanne Lindon has Cesar-winning actors Vincent Lindon and Sandrine Kiberlain as parents, and knew from a young age she wanted to find her way into performing in film world on her own terms, and by her own merits. She started writing Spring Blossom, (originally titled Seize Printemps, which means 16 Spring in French) at the age of 15, as …

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In Our Mothers’ Gardens AWFJ.org Review

In one respect, In Our Mothers’ Gardens is not meant for me, or for any white women. It is a fearless, confessionalist record, from inside personal histories, of Black mothers and grandmothers, and it is steeped in Black love and culture. As such, the film is amplifying women in a way that isn’t about me or any …

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Sisters With Transistors AWFJ.org Review

At the very beginning of writer/director Lisa Rovner’s documentary Sisters With Transistors, narrator and famed avant-garde composer Laurie Anderson explains, “This is the story of women who hear music in their heads….of dreams enabled by technology”. The film chronologically delves into the work of some of the most visionary pioneers in the history of electronic music, …

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Emily @ the Edge of Chaos AWFJ.org Review

Emily Levine, the subject of the quirky 61 minute documentary-of-sorts called Emily @ the Edge of Chaos, was a philosopher, comedian and writer who became fascinated by physics after she was diagnosed with a tumor in her pituitary gland. The tumor had caused a crazy mix of symptoms that led her to question the meaning of …

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Reefa AWFJ.org review

In August of 2013, 18-year-old Columbian-born artist Israel ‘Reefa’ Hernandez was killed by police while tagging an abandoned building in Miami. Through exhaustive investigation, it was discovered he was intentionally tased after he ran from the officers chasing him, some report, with weapons drawn and pointed at him. His death led to protests, and in …

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The Marijuana Conspiracy AWFJ.org review

Writer/director Craig Pryce’s film The Marijuana Conspiracy proves that a fascinating, little-known, and rather dark chapter in Canadian history does not necessarily make for a fascinating movie. The basis for the film is a story largely buried in time. In the late 60s and early 70s, the then-prime minister of Canada Pierre Elliott Trudeau was considering the …