ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS https://awfj.org Female Film Critics 24/375 Fri, 01 Jul 2022 00:02:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0 https://awfj.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/cropped-awfjlogooct2011a3-32x32.gif ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS https://awfj.org 32 32 SPOTLIGHT July 2022: Geena Davis, Actor and Activist for Diversity in Cinema https://awfj.org/blog/2022/06/30/spotlight-july-2022-geena-davis-actor-and-activist-for-diversity-in-cinema/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 16:00:05 +0000 https://awfj.org/?p=53784 DON’T MAKE ME GO – Review by April Neale https://awfj.org/blog/2022/06/29/dont-make-me-go-review-by-april-neale/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 20:00:36 +0000 https://awfj.org/?p=54203 Don't Make Me Go is an emotionally charged example of a conflicted "buddy film" between a father (John Cho) and his teenage daughter (Mia Isaac). Their poignantly packed road trip brings unshared truths, undiagnosed medical calamity, and feelings of abandonment hemmed by moments of fun, life lessons, and a shared love of Iggy Pop's The Passenger, a portentous upbeat song that serves as the running theme of this film.]]> MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU – Review by T. J. Callahan https://awfj.org/blog/2022/06/29/minions-the-rise-of-gru-review-by-t-j-callahan/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:26:20 +0000 https://awfj.org/?p=54234 Minions is more GRUvy than GRUsome. It’s full of our favorite tunes and take offs of fondly remembered TV shows and movies of the psychedelic times. Fast paced and funny like an old Looney Tunes cartoon for the kids, and full of nostalgia and plays on words for the bigger humans.]]> DREAMING WALLS – Review by Valerie Kalfrin https://awfj.org/blog/2022/06/28/dreaming-walls-review-by-valerie-kalfrin/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 03:40:03 +0000 https://awfj.org/?p=54089 Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel. Partly an elegy to the hotel’s edgy heyday and a tribute to those still living there, the film gives viewers a glimpse inside this landmark where artists and intellectuals lived -- and more than a few died.]]> THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT – Review by Jennifer Merin https://awfj.org/blog/2022/06/28/the-martha-mitchell-effect-review-by-jennifer-merin/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 00:30:17 +0000 https://awfj.org/?p=54223 Debra McClutchy and Anne Alvergue on THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT – Nell Minow interviews https://awfj.org/blog/2022/06/28/debra-mcclutchy-and-anne-alvergue-on-the-martha-mitchell-effect-nell-minow-interviews/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 00:00:41 +0000 https://awfj.org/?p=53969 The Martha Mitchell Effect, named for a psychiatric term inspired by Martha Mitchell's story. It means someone whose comments are dismissed as mental illness but turned out to have been telling the truth. In an interview, the directors talked about doing research at the Nixon Library, what Martha liked about talking to the press, and why they see her as a hero.]]> BOTH SIDES OF THE BLADE – Review by Leslie Combemale https://awfj.org/blog/2022/06/28/both-sides-of-the-blade-review-by-leslie-combemale/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 17:00:30 +0000 https://awfj.org/?p=54093 Both Sides of the Blade, which Denis wrote with co-screenwriter Christine Angot, based on Angot’s 2018 novel Un Tournant de Vie (A Turning Point of Life). They’ve created a visceral, intense slow burn about a destructive love triangle that spirals out of control with the help of stars Juliette Binoche, Vincent Lindon, and Grégoire Colin. Denis won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival for her work on the film. ]]> MURINA – Review by Jennifer Green https://awfj.org/blog/2022/06/28/murina-review-by-jennifer-green/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 16:00:07 +0000 https://awfj.org/?p=54095 Murina is a slow-churning, disquieting tale of a young woman's revelation that her life could have been entirely different than what it is, and her empowerment to change her future.]]> ALCHEMY OF THE SPIRIT – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas https://awfj.org/blog/2022/06/28/alchemy-of-the-spirit-review-by-alexandra-heller-nicholas/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 15:45:33 +0000 https://awfj.org/?p=54287 MOON, 66 QUESTIONS – Review by Carol Cling https://awfj.org/blog/2022/06/28/moon-66-questions-review-by-carol-cling/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 15:30:02 +0000 https://awfj.org/?p=54080 Moon, 66 Questions makes abundantly clear. The feature debut of writer-director Jacqueline Lentzou, Moon explores the uneasy dynamic between a father and daughter sharing the most stressful conditions imaginable. Yet, despite the potentially heart-wrenching situation in which they find themselves, Moon takes an elliptical, impressionistic approach.]]>