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20March13: The FF2 Week in Review

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Three films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened this week (though none were released in Manhattan theaters): Hooking Up Never Rarely Sometimes Always The Roads Not Taken Of these three, so far I’ve seen one. All three are narrative features. My Top Pick for March […]

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20March06: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Four films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: The Banker Extra Ordinary First Cow Go Back to China Of these four, so far I’ve seen two. All four are narrative features. My Top Pick for March 6th (drumroll please!) is First […]

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20February28: The FF2 Week in Review

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Three films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: A Fine Line Saint Frances Wendy Of these three, so far I’ve seen one. One — A Fine Line — is a doc. Two — Saint Frances, Wendy — are narrative features. […]

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WENDY (2020): Review by FF2 Media

Written by Benh and Eliza Zeitlin, Wendy is a reimagination and modernization of the classic fairy tale, Peter Pan, told from the perspective of Wendy. Visually and auditorily stunning, this film captures the wonder of being a child (JRL: 4 / 5)   Review by FF2 Intern Julia Lasker Wendy opens on a spritely young toddler […]

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20February21: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Five films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Emma The Last Thing He Wanted Premature Ride Your Wave Vitalina Varela Of these five, so far I’ve seen two. All five are narrative features. My Top Pick for February 21st (drumroll […]

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20February14: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Six films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Buffaloed Fantasy Island Olympic Dreams Ordinary Love The Photograph You Go to My Head Of these six, so far I’ve seen three. All six are narrative features. My Top Pick for February […]

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‘Fantasy Island’ Reimagines the 1970’s TV Series

 Fantasy Island is a horror twist on the hit 1970’s TV show. While this is a creative and intriguing concept, the film didn’t quite manage to streamline itself into a properly horrific piece of cinema, as its new genre had promised (JRL: 2 / 5) Review by FF2 Media Intern Julia Lasker As the film […]

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20February07: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Two films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: The Lodge Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey Of these two, so far I’ve seen one. They are both narrative features. My Top Pick for February 7th (drumroll please!) is Birds of Prey, an […]

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20January31: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Five films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: The Assistant Gul Makai Miss Americana The Rhythm Section The Traitor Of these five, so far I’ve seen two. One — Miss Americana — is a doc. Four — The Assistant, Gul […]

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‘Gul Makai’ tells Malala’s story

Written by Bhaswati Chakrabarty, Gul Makai is a fictionalized depiction of the events leading up to the shooting of Malala Yousafzai. Gul Makai doesn’t quite manage to do the worthwhile film subject justice (JRL: 2/5). Review by FF2 Intern Julia Lasker From the onset, Gul Makai paints a disturbing portrait of Pakistan as it’s overtaken […]

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20January24: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Four films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Color Out of Space Panga Quezon’s Game The Turning Of these four, so far I’ve seen three. All four are narrative features. My Top Pick for July 12th (drumroll please!) is Quezon’s […]

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‘Panga’ is more than a sports movie

Written and directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Panga is about a mother making her return to her passion, kabaddi, a sport akin to wrestling played throughout Asia. Though fairly predictable in its plot, the film is redeemed by unique characters and their compelling relationships. (JRL: 3.5/5)  Review by FF2 Media Intern Julia Lasker Panga opens […]

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20January17: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) One film either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Intrigo – Death of an Author I saw this film. It’s a narrative feature. I don’t have a top pick for this week, because I wasn’t a big fan of Intrigo. 

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20January10: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Three films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Afterward Chhapaak The Woman Who Loves Giraffes Of these three, so far I’ve seen two. Two — Afterward, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes — are docs. One — Chhapaak –is a narrative feature. […]

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20January03: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Three films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: The Advocate Clemency Ip Man 4 Of these three, so far I’ve seen two. One — The Advocate — is a doc. Two — Clemency, Ip Man 4 –are narrative features. My […]

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19December13: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Three films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Black Christmas Cunningham Seberg Of these three, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. [#] — [insert films] –is a narrative feature. My Top Pick for December […]

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19December06: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Four films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Knives and Skin Little Joe A Million Little Pieces Portrait of a Lady on Fire Of these four, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. [#] — [insert films] –is a narrative feature. My Top […]

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A MILLION LITTLE PIECES (2018): Review by FF2 Media

Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, A Million Little Pieces is a film adaptation of the esteemed, if a little infamous, memoir written by James Frey. The film centers around James, who goes to rehab for his addiction to alcohol and crack (among other things); an addiction that is both figuratively and literally killing him. A Million […]

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19November29: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Four films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: After Parkland Atlantics Queen & Slim Ximei Of these five, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. [#] — [insert films] –is a narrative feature. My Top Pick for November 27th (drumroll please!) is [insert […]

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19November22: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Six films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Frozen II Hala Mr. Toilet Shooting the Mafia Varda by Agnès Of these six, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. […]

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‘Mr. Toilet’ is flushed with fun

Directed by Lily Zepeda and written by Zepeda, Tchavdar Georgiev, Hee-Jae Park, and Monique Zavistovski, documentary Mr. Toilet: The World’s #2 Man is about Jack Sim: a man from Singapore who is obsessed with… well, toilets. It sounds crazy, but he has a point: almost half of the world’s population does not have access to […]

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19November15: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Seven films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Charlie’s Angels Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops To Kid or Not to Kid Mickey and the Bear The Portal Sequestrada The Warrior Queen of Jhansi Of these seven, so far I’ve seen […]

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Father-daughter story ‘Mickey and the Bear’ is enthralling, heart-wrenching

Written and Directed by Annabelle Attanasio, Mickey and the Bear is about a teenage girl who is navigating boys, college, and her future, all while dealing with her difficult father, who relies on her completely. Mickey and the Bear is enthralling, heart-wrenching, and absolutely worth watching (JRL: 4.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Julia Lasker At […]

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19November08: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Six films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Better Days Honey Boy  The Kingmaker Last Christmas My Home India Watson Of these six, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. [#] — [insert films] –is […]

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In a world full of cruelty, ‘My Home India’ is a story of kindness

Written by Malgorzata Czausow and Anjali Bhushan and directed by Bhushan, My Home India is a documentary about a settlement for Polish refugees in India. Filled with joyous archival footage and interviews of Polish people who were saved by this settlement, My Home India is a heartwarming account of the kindness that can be extended […]

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19November01: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) One film either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Raise Hell  

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QUEEN OF HEARTS (2019): Review by FF2 Media

Written by Maren Louise Kaehne and May el-Toukhy and directed by el-Toukhy, Queen of Hearts is a chilling drama about a powerful and successful lawyer and mother whose life runs the risk of crumbling when she becomes involved with her stepson. This film is a masterfully crafted testament to the dark secrets lurking below what […]

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19October25: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Six films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Harriet Queen of Hearts Serendipity Of these three, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. [#] — [insert films] –is a narrative feature. My Top Pick for […]

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‘Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound’ is something you haven’t heard before

‘Making Waves’ is a dynamic and informative documentary that covers the history of film sound from the invention of the phonograph to the advent of surround sound. (JRL: 3.5/5)

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19October18: The FF2 Week in Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media) Two films either written or directed by women filmmakers opened in Manhattan theaters this week: Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound Paradise Hills Of these two, so far I’ve seen [#]. [#] — [insert films] — are docs. [#] — [insert films] –is a narrative feature. […]

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