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A CASE OF YOU

Sam (Justin Long) is a hack writer & Birdie (Evan Rachel Wood) is his barista. When Sam decides Birdie is his ideal woman, he courts her by chasing after all the “Likes” on her Facebook page. Oy 🙁 This mess–co-written by Long & directed by Kat Coiro–attempts to distract us with famous faces in bit parts. Look! […]

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HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU

5 Baltimore women (below) look for love in all the wrong places. Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, & Justin Long play “the guys.” Since Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein (NEVER BEEN KISSED) wrote the screenplay, Jan expected “something,” but no… it’s long, tedious, & dumb! Rich hasn’t seen film & Jan tells him: Don’t […]

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Wendy Toye’s Fast-Paced ‘The Teckman Mystery’ Stimulates Conversation on Film Censorship in Old British Cinema

A successful writer is asked by his publisher to write a biography on a man who recently died in a plane crash. Initially reticent, the writer finds himself drawn to the story as he begins to uncover the case’s details. But some would rather this mystery remain unsolved, and the situation soon becomes dangerous for all innocent – and seemingly innocent – characters involved. Despite facing censorship from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), Wendy Toye delivers a fast-paced story whose unraveling compels us to continue watching in The Teckman Mystery (1954). (RMM: 3/5)

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: N-P

On the Basis of Sex is a feat of historical drama

On the Basis of Sex (directed by Mimi Leder and written by Daniel Stiepleman) is a historical drama that recounts the early beginnings of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s legal career with stunning clarity, intensity, and nuance. (DLH: 4.5/5) Review by FF2 Intern Dayna Hagewood The first scene in On the Basis of Sex shows a […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: Q-S

‘Second Act’ surprises with its entertaining and uplifting story

When a warehouse employee makes a wish that her street smarts were valued as much as book smarts, she doesn’t expect her wish to come true. Suddenly gifted with a new identity complete with fake Harvard degree and impressive resume, she is given a second chance at a stellar career. Director Peter Segal and writers […]

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Reviews: Q-S

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ cleverly mocks human behavior

Director Susanna Fogel’s buddy comedy The Spy Who Dumped Me is made for viewers who are in on the joke, understanding that ordinary human behavior can be funnier than any pratt fall or bodily malfunction. Tom Cruise’s latest Mission Impossible may be a better fit for serious fans of the spy-action genre, but for anyone in desperate search of a laugh, leave it to Kate McKinnon. (4/5)

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: T

THE TRIBES OF PALOS VERDES (2017): Review by Amelie Lasker

Written by Karen Croner, The Tribes of Palos Verdes tells the story of the Mason family’s unraveling from the perspective of teenaged “Medina” (Maika Monroe). All Medina wants is for everyone in what she calls her “tribe” to be okay, but of course, the situation is much too complicated for that. (AEL: 3.5/5)

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RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN (2017): Review by Eliana M. Levenson

Based on the novel of the same name by author Miriam Horn, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman directed by Susan Froemke and John Hoffman and co-directed by Beth Aala, explores the environmental impact of the ranching, farming, and fishing communities in a way that feels more like an educational piece than an impactful, theatrical documentary. (EML: 3/5)

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: N-P

RAW (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

French director Julia Ducournau’s latest is a slickly shot, deftly performed horror flick set at what this critic can only imagine is a very non-traditional veterinary school. Upon arrival at school, Justine (a lifelong vegetarian) must endure a week of hazing by upperclassmen, including her own sister, and along the way she discovers a taste for […]

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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 Daniela Norris and T.W. Pittman) is an intense, quiet film that contrasts urban life versus […]

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1 NIGHT (2016): Review by Brigid

Writer/Director Minhal Baig tests the boundaries of time in a reflective drama about young love, fading love and one eventful night at a Los Angeles hotel. Anna Camp and Justin Chatwin star as a married couple who are reminded, by an unlikely source, of why they fell in love in the first place. A sweet […]

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CREEPY

Based on the novel by Yutaka Maekawa and co-written by Chihiro Ikeda and Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Creepy will absolutely give you the creeps. It’s brilliant cinematography and near-perfect casting lead to a final product that will have audiences wincing. That being said, the story line drags and isn’t as fleshed out as a 2 hour movie should be. (RAK: […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: E-G

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson, The Girl on the Train—based on the international-bestseller by author Paula Hawkins—is slow moving at its onset, but once it get’s going, the film catapults you into the mystery of a missing woman, and all of the whispers and lies that come along with her disappearance. A […]

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NINE LIVES

From Gwyn Lurie and a team of four other co-writers, Nine Lives is a forgettable talking-animal comedy with sporadic laughs that will likely only amuse the most avid of cat-lovers. Kevin Spacey stars as a neglectful father and husband who is magically transported into a cat’s body, embarking on a furry journey he must take […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: K-M

MAGGIE’S PLAN

“Maggie” (Greta Gerwig) has a plan: for herself and for everyone else around her. She’s single, living in New York City, with a steady job, and loyal friends. What she doesn’t have is a partner. And what she wants is a baby. So Maggie decides to have a child on her own. But when she […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: K-M

MISTRESS AMERICA

Written by Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, the pair deliver a wonderful and original film about a lonely college freshman living in New York, whose life becomes a lot more eventful the moment she reaches out to her soon-to-be stepsister. (JEP: 4.5/5) Review by Contributing Editor Jessica E. Perry As a freshman at Barnard College, […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: A

ADULT BEGINNERS

BONUS POST: 2 Reviews from 2 Points-of-View! Nick Kroll and Rose Byrne star in a film about a washed-up man living with his sister’s family, a well-intentioned project that relies on its talented cast to carry a middle-of-the-road plot. Directed by Ross Katz and co-written by Jeff Cox and Liz Flahive, Adult Beginners has just enough heart […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: N-P

PARADISE

Parable about an innocent named “Lamb” (Julianne Hough) who discovers a painful truth: sometimes bad things happen to good people. Raised as an Evangelical Christian, Lamb heads off to Las Vegas for answers. Either God is not omnipotent, or she is not a “good” person. Engaging dramedy with a gentle gut punch. (JLH: 3.5/5) Click […]

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