Author Archives: Jan Lisa Huttner

MEGAN LEAVEY (2017): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Kate Mara gives a beautifully modulated performance as a young woman who finds her life's purpose as a member of the US Marine Corp's K-9 unit. Partnered with Rex -- a ferocious German Shepherd who is as much a canine misfit as Megan is … Continue reading

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LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD (2016): Sneak Peek by Jan Lisa Huttner

Look closely at this photo. What do you see? This photo was taken in Egypt during the Cairo Conference of 1921. The two men on camels are Sir Winston Churchill (left) and T.E. Lawrence aka "Lawrence of Arabia" (right). And the … Continue reading

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WONDER WOMAN (2017): Our New York Team POV

Our NYC Team -- FF2 Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner plus FF2 Associate Lindsy Bissonnette, FF2 Senior Contributor Lisa Inanucci, FF2 Contributor Giorgi Plys-Garzotto & FF2 Associates Katusha Jin & Rachel Kastner -- weigh in on this weekend's box office hit Wonder Woman 🙂 Lindsy's Rating: … Continue reading

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THE WOMEN’S BALCONY (2016): Sneak Peek by Jan Lisa Huttner

Set in a close-knit community in Jerusalem, The Women's Balcony is a parable about what happens when bad things happen to good people. But rather than weep and wail, screenwriter Shlomit Nehama, and director Emil Ben-Shimon create a joyous dramedy about faith and … Continue reading

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WAKEFIELD (2016): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Brilliant new film by Robin Swicord brutally exposes two conjoined-twin nightmares: male privilege & the male gaze. What timing! Thank You, Movie Gods! (JLH: 4/5) Review by FF2 Media Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner The Movie Gods are as capricious and mercurial … Continue reading

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THE WEDDING PLAN (2016): Rant by Jan Lisa Huttner

"Michal" (Noa Koler) is a 32-year-old Israeli woman terrified of becoming a spinster. She is willing to do anything -- go to a faith healer, endure countless fix-ups by numerous matchmakers, fly to Ukraine for a one day visit to the … Continue reading

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RISK (2016): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras indeed takes huge risks in this portrait of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Coming out of the screening room, I felt somewhat bludgeoned by the implications of what I had seen. It is clear that Poitras began … Continue reading

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TOMORROW EVER AFTER (2016): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Shaina is a visitor from the future trapped in a hostile world and longing for home. Like ET, she has powers beyond our own, but she still needs ordinary humans to assist her with "activities of daily living." Filmmaker Ela Thier … Continue reading

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CASTING JONBENET (2017): Sneak Peek by Jan Lisa Huttner

In 1996, the body of a charismatic 6 year old girl was found in the basement of her parent's elegant mini-mansion... one day after Christmas! The nation was transfixed by the investigation. Everyone had a theory. Nothing ever came of it. Twenty … Continue reading

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FREE FIRE (2016): Rant by Jan Lisa Huttner

Rant by FF2 Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner Wanna know what happens when a terrific actress like Jennifer Jason Leigh gets her one and only Oscar nomination for playing a punching bag in Quentin Tarantino's execrable film The Hateful Eight? Garbage like … Continue reading

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