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WISH UPON (2017): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

Wish Upon, penned by Barbara Marshall, is a morality tale that leans on a campy, under-researched interpretation of Chinese culture for its main lore elements. It arguably earns its 90 minutes of your life by achieving better acting and plotting than a lot of horror movies out there; however, if you’re looking to be wowed, […]

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WONDER WOMAN (2017): Review by Lindsy Bissonnette

In the middle of the ocean, hidden in a veil of fog and darkness, is a protective shield against the outside world, and in it is the beautiful island of Themiscyra. Safe from the cruelty of humanity, this is where the Amazonian women have survived since the creation of time, after the fall of the […]

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WONDER WOMAN (2017): Our Chicago Team POV

Our Chicago Team — FF2 Managing Editor Brigid Presecky, FF2 Senior Contributor Pamela Powell, FF2 Senior Contributor Stephanie A. Taylor, FF2 Social Media Manager Georgiana Presecky — weigh in on this weekend’s box office hit Wonder Woman 🙂 Georgi’s Rating: 5/5 🙂 Gal Gadot is the epitome of strength in director Patty Jenkins’ outstanding Wonder Woman. Both the […]

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WONDER WOMAN (2017): Our Los Angeles Team POV

The Los Angeles Team — FF2 Executive Editor, Jessica Perry + FF2 Associate Eliana M. Levenson & FF2 Contributor Elyse B. Thaler — weighs in on this weekend’s box office hit Wonder Woman 🙂 Elly’s Rating: 4/5 Over the next few weeks, perhaps even longer, a lot will be said about the first female directed superhero film and […]

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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 fellowship. Highly recommended! One of the best films of the year in any language. (JLH: […]

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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 as their counterparts on Mount Olympus in Greece. Usually they feed us junk, but everyone […]

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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 grave of a famous Rabbi — she is willing to do anything to avoid a […]

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UNFORGETTABLE (2017): Review by Elyse Thaler

Unforgettable, directed and produced by Denise Di Novi, is a dramatic thriller about a woman, “Julia Banks” (Rosario Dawson), who relocates to Southern California only to be tormented by her fiancée’s ex-wife, “Tessa Connover” (Katherine Heigl). Tessa digs into Julia’s past to find the one thing that could potentially destroy her: an abusive ex-boyfriend that […]

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WATER & POWER (2017): A CALIFORNIA HEIST

Marina Zenovich, a producer and director known for her work in nonfiction, investigates the exploitation of California’s most valuable resource: water. Water and Power: A California Heist uncovers the hidden truths of California’s water supply from the 1960s and the issues they cause in the present day when public interests and private interests are in conflict. (KIZJ: 3.5/5)

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VINCE GIORDANO: THERE’S A FUTURE IN THE PAST

Written and directed by Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards, Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past brings us jazz musician Vince Giordano, the dedicated and eclectically gathered members of his band the Night Hawks, and the strange and magical corner of New York’s jazz world they influence. Giordano’s interest is in 1920s and 30s […]

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Underworld: Blood Wars

Fans of the genre and franchise are more likely to enjoy Director Anna Foerster’s Underworld: Blood Wars than the average moviegoer (who may otherwise flock to the 2017 Oscar contenders). Kate Beckinsale stars as “Selene,” a blood-sucking death dealer in a drawn-out war between vampires and werewolves. (BKP: 2.5/5) Review by Managing Editor Brigid K. […]

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THE UNCONDEMNED

The Uncondemned, written and directed by Michele Mitchell, takes an inside look at the first trial of rape as a war crime in history. The documentary follows the lives of lawyers and activists that charged Mayor Akeyesu with crimes against humanity, and shows interviews with the women who were brave enough to speak out against […]

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THE WHOLE TRUTH

Director Courtney Hunt’s thriller stars Keanu Reeves as a defense attorney for a high school senior accused of murdering his father. Although the courtroom drama feels like an extended version of a Law and Order episode, the performances and twisty script keep you in 93-minute-long suspense. (BKP: 4/5) Review by Managing Editor Brigid K. Presecky […]

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WILD OATS

Growing old and reaching seniority isn’t something most people look forward to, but the silver lining is retirement (a luxury that’s supposed to be desired and anticipated). What seems to be a light-hearted comedy about a composed time in the lives of two best friends, “Eva” (Shirley MacLaine) and “Maddie” (Jessica Lange), quickly turns into a chaotic journey […]

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WHITE GIRL

It’s every parent’s nightmare. Yes. Your baby daughter who goes to college in New York is indeed doing drugs and being sexually harassed at her artsy internship this summer. And yes. Your hard-earned 200 bucks are not enough to cover all the weed and cocaine, or to bail her drug-dealing boyfriend out of jail. If […]

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UNLOCKING THE CAGE

With a timely release date given the events of the tragedy at Cincinnati Zoo, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ new documentary Unlocking the Cage is a smart, engaging look at gaining legal rights for animals. (BKP: 4/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Spanning the course of five years, the film centers on animal advocate […]

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WEINER

Timely documentary about the implosion of Antony Weiner‘s promising political career, first as a Congressman from Brooklyn’s 9th District and then as a candidate for mayor of New York City. After six years as an aide to Chuck Schumer (then serving his own stint representing the 9th), Weiner became a member of the New York City Council […]

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VIKTORIA (2014)

Viktoria is a stunning film from Bulgaria which begins as a political parody and ends as a feminist parable. Kudos to filmmaker Maya Vitkova for her extraordinary vision and execution. (JLH: 5/5) Review by FF2 Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner The year is 1979 and “Boryana” (Irmena Chichikova) is deeply unhappy. Her mother “Dima” (Mariana Krumova) is […]

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VITA ACTIVA

Opens Friday (4/8/16) in NYC. Review coming soon…

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WAITRESS Musical

Closing out another Women’s History Month at a performance of the fabulous new Broadway musical Waitress with my friend Ann Weil Feldman (from Livingston High School days) and our wonderfully accommodating spouses Rick and Rich. Waitress is based on the beloved film by Adrienne Shelly and has an all-female creative team lead by screenwriter/playwright Jessie Nelson, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, […]

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WAZIR

Written by a team of writers including Natasha Sahgal, and directed by Bejoy Nambiar, Wazir is quite an odd combo—part action film, part Chess playing drama. When a cop loses his young daughter from the bullet of criminal he was after, he befriends an old man who also lost his daughter at the hands of […]

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THE WINDING STREAM

Full Title = The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes, and The Course of Country Music Exhilarating film about the Carter Family, Country Music stars from the dawn of recorded music right up to today. Filmmaker Beth Harrington has directed The Winding Stream with skill and smarts, and Mike Olson contributes terrific photoanimations to make the pre-Selfie Era come alive […]

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VERY SEMI-SERIOUS

Leah Wolchok goes behind the scenes of the The New Yorker, documenting history of the magazine’s memorable cartoons – and the cartoonists that brought them to life. Although traditional in its format, this engaging HBO project keeps you laughing minute by minute. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky Cartoons in The New […]

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THE WONDERS

Writer/Director Alice Rohrwacher tells a sweet (… no pun intended) story of a family running a beekeeping business in rural Italy. Seen through the eyes of 12-year-old “Gelsomina” (Maria Alexandra Lungu), The Wonders (also tited Le meraviglie) is a simple, heartfelt story of a family trying to keep their heads above water. (BKP: 4/5) Review […]

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VICTORIA

Victoria is a stunning achievement. Laia Costa is absolutely brilliant as “Victoria,” a young woman from Spain who moves to Germany knowing no one and not speaking the language. One night while out at a club, she meets a group of four young men. What begins as a night of fun quickly warps into one […]

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WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS

Written by Meaghan Oppenheimer and Max Joseph, We Are Your Friends may surprise you. The music-driven drama follows “Cole” (Zac Efron) as he pursues his career as a DJ. One day he meets a force in the industry who may have the power to change his career, but all may be lost when Cole falls […]

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UNEXPECTED

An inner city schoolteacher finds out that she is pregnant at the same time her career is in turmoil. Her star student becomes pregnant around the same time, and the two form an unlikely bond and friendship through their similar situation. Boasting a female dominated cast, Unexpected is an enjoyable watch, with strong performances from […]

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WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?

Nina Simone was an immeasurable talent, more than just a classically trained pianist with a powerful voice. Simone’s contribution to the world of music was substantial, as captured by this documentary. What Happened, Miss Simone, directed by Liz Garbus, paints the full picture of Miss Simone’s career, the talent, and the struggles of a brilliant […]

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VENDETTA

Vendetta follows “Mason Danvers” (Dean Cain) a cop who goes on a killing rampage of revenge after his wife is brutally murdered by a criminal that he put away. What can I say? The film was a mess of terrible acting, predictable plot, and disjointed cinematography. (JEP 1.5/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry Directed by […]

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THE WOLFPACK

First-time filmmaker Crystal Moselle documents the unsettling and fascinating story of seven siblings who were essentially imprisoned in their Lower East Side apartment for more than 15 years. Although the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner is interesting and heartbreaking, the cryptic situation leaves many questions unanswered. (BKP: 4/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid […]

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