I discovered two websites that feature movie reviews by women and found one film critic who packs a lot of punch in her one-to-two paragraph, SPOILER FREE reviews.
The film critic is Jennifer Merin, who is the of the president of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ), as well as the film critic for WeNews, (women’s enews). She has written and reported about film for many media for over 20 years.
Here are my reviews of three of Merin’s reviews of movies that opened on this past Friday and the Friday before that (August 7th and 14th). After the reviews below are two interesting features of the AWFJ website.
Diary of a Teenage Girl
Plot: Set in San Francisco in the 1970s, this film is about a 15-year-old girl who decides to lose her virginity to her mother’s boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard).
Bottom line: MUST SEE
The movie embraces the 1970s hedonism, resulting in “a remarkably brave, unfiltered and compelling view – a guilt-free coming of age — from a girl’s perspective….Strongly performed and with fine cinematography, music and editing….”
Of interest: the film is the first feature by writer-director Marielle Heller, who will be directing Natalie Portman in a biopic about Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
Ricki and the Flash
Plot: Directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Juno’s Diablo Cody, this movie is about a woman who has left her family to become a famous rocker. Years later, she goes back home to get to know her adult kids and especially her suicidal daughter. Real life mother-daughter Meryl Streep and Mamie Gummer star.
Bottom line: Neither Demme’s finest, nor Cody’s best, the movie would be unsatisfying if it weren’t for Streep and Gummer. “…Streep and Gummer are terrific, as always. They can make anything work – and do.”
Plot: “…high school classmates reconnect after years gone by, with one of them basically terrorizing the other (Jason Bateman) and his relatively new wife (Rebecca Hall).” Director Joel Edgerton plays the high school friend of Jason Batements.
Bottom Line: It’s good!
The chilling story is filled with twists and turns and innuendo that really pay off. No spoilers here, but if you’re in the mood this week for a chilling thriller, make it this one.
Merin’s reviews can also be found on the website for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWF). Over at the AWF website, I found two great weekly features:
1.MOVIE OF THE WEEK
Chosen by 15 panel members.
Week of August 10-16:
She’s Funny That Way
Writeup by by Nikki Baughan
Plot: It is such a setup for a farce that I quote Baughan’s description:
The ever dependable Owen Wilson plays established theatre director Arnold Albertson, whose decision to cast former call girl Isabella Petterson (Imogen Poots) in a new play alongside his wife Delta (Kathryn Hahn) and her ex-lover Seth (Rhys Ians) results in a romantic farce of theatrical proportions.
First film by actor/writer/director Peter Bogdanovich in over a decade (He is famous for directing The Last Picture Show back in 1972; as an actor he played Dr. Melfie’s psychiatrist in The Sopranos).
2. MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT:
The AUGUST spotlight is on NATALIE PORTMAN, “Actress, Activist and Crusader for Women Directors”