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Nomadland AWFJ.org review

Nomadland, which has already garnered a lot of Oscar buzz for both writer/director/editor Chloë Zhao, and lead and producer Frances McDormand, was featured at the recent Middleburg Film Festival. Based on Jessica Bruder’s award-winning 2017 nonfiction work Nomandland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, Nomadland examines the phenomenon of travelers going across the country in search …

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Rebecca AWFJ.org review

For those who know and revere the novel by Daphne Du Maurier, which is one of the great classics of gothic romance, this new incarnation of Rebecca, from director Ben Wheatley, is a valiant reinterpretation that is truer to the book than it is to the Hitchcock film, which is as is should be. While some …

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On the Rocks AWFJ.org review

As much as I’m a proponent of female filmmakers, I’ve never much been one for the movies of Sophia Coppola. With On the Rocks, that has changed. I loved the film, and believe it’s one of the best vehicles in Bill Murray’s career. Sometimes his shtick brings attention to itself to such a degree that we …

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Misbehaviour AWFJ.org review

If you’re looking for a good respite from crying jags from the loss of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, I heartily suggest watching the new truth-based narrative Misbehaviour, an almost unbelievable story based on gender equality activist Sally Alexander’s work fighting for women’s rights in 70s Britain. Keira Knightly plays Alexander as the film captures her work around …

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Beans Tiff 2020 AWFJ.org review

It’s true that in large part Canada deserves its reputation for being friendly and polite. Just like every other country, however, it has its dark sides. One glaring example is the Oka Crisis of 1990, in which a land dispute between a group of Mohawk people and the town of Oka, Quebec lasted 78 days. …

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Tenet AWFJ.org review

Fans of writer/director Christopher Nolan are not strangers to bent time, trippy constructs in physics, or highbrow filmmaking. Being a fan myself, I’ve loved all the elements we’ve grown to expect and enjoy in Nolan movies, beginning with Momento, and reaching its zenith with Interstellar. His new release Tenet has all those, and for a film that, as always …

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Critical Thinking AWFJ.org review

At a time when the demands for equality and protection for people of color around the country are landing like a silent scream to the administration currently in charge, any message of hope and positivity is welcome. This is especially true while so many kids are trapped at home during a pandemic, regardless of means …