Tag Archives: WomenArts

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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NAKOM (2016): Review by Jan

Iddrisu Awinzor is happily living his life as a medical student in Kumasi (Ghana) when a call from his sister Damata changes everything. There was a motorcycle accident. Their father is dead. Iddrisu must return to the village immediately. Nakom (co-directed by Kelly … Continue reading

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A UNITED KINGDOM (2016): Review by Elyse

A United Kingdom, directed by Amma Asante (best known for the 2013 film Belle), is based on the true story of the marriage of Seretse Khama from Bechuanaland (now the nation of Botswana) and his English wife Ruth Williams. Their … Continue reading

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THIS IS EVERYTHING: GIGI GORGEOUS

Renowned documentarian Barbara Kopple teams up with Youtube star Gigi Gorgeous to bring Gigi’s gender transition to the screen. From her Youtube channel’s beginnings in makeup tutorial videos, we follow her through surgery and down runways as she seeks to … Continue reading

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THE RESURRECTION OF GAVIN STONE (2016): Review by Jan

Great performances literally "save" a predicable plot. Once an adorable child star, Gavin has grown into a totally boring boor. After some hard partying, he is sentenced by the court to community service. Kudos to actor Brett Dalton for really making … Continue reading

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HIDDEN FIGURES

Hidden Figures, directed by Theodore (Ted) Melfi and co-written with Allison Schroeder, recounts the inspiring story of three black women who helped NASA advance in the Space Race. Taraji P. Henson leads the impressive cast as Katherine Goble Johnson, the first … Continue reading

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FIRST LADY OF THE REVOLUTION

Another wonderful "who knew" documentary. The focus this time is on Henrietta Boggs. Raised to be a decorous Southern Belle, Henrietta's rebellious energy crashed up against convention. She fled her home in Alabama and went to visit relatives in Costa Rica where she met … Continue reading

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BADEN BADEN (2016)

Twentysomething at lose ends returns home (in this case the city of Strasbourg on the border between France and Germany) to visit the grandmother who has long been her anchor. Writer/director Rachel Lang succeeds in making Ana totally real and totally loveble. Although … Continue reading

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CERTAIN WOMEN (2016)

Kelly Reichardt's new film braids together the lives of three women living in and around a town in central Montana, not exactly the middle of nowhere... but close enough. This time, Reichardt-the-Writer has created a screenplay based on stories by award-winning author … Continue reading

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37 (Kitty Genovese)

Writer/Director Puk Grasten retells the infamous story of Kitty Genovese, the 28-year-old woman stabbed to death as 37 bystanders watched, listened and failed to intervene. Focusing on a handful of fictional characters, Grasten captures the eerie, stomach-churning atmosphere of the … Continue reading

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