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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: N-P

PITCH PERFECT 3 (2017): Review by Amelie Lasker

In Pitch Perfect 3, co-written by Kay Cannon and directed by Trish Sie, former members of college a cappella group “the Bellas” reunite for a USO tour. Pitch Perfect 3’s main appeal is its fun music and dancing, supported by nostalgia for the first two movies in the trilogy. (AEL: 3/5)

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: N-P

PITCH PERFECT 3 (2017): Review by Eliana Levenson

Lacking the authenticity of the first film and missing the quick humor of the second film, Pitch Perfect 3, directed by Trish Sie, struggles to find its narrative footing and falls flat comedically, ending as by far the weakest film in the trilogy. (EML: 3.5/5)

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: N-P

PITCH PERFECT 2

Review of Pitch Perfect 2 by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky New song numbers and endearing new characters balance whatever charm is lost in the much-anticipated a cappella follow-up. Writer Kay Cannon and Director Elizabeth Banks bring the Bellas back to the big screen in a fun, if slightly less focused, sequel of the 2012 […]

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6/5/08: Perfect Timing!

          In a recent interview with ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, Sarah Jessica Parker said: ”…I want [SEX AND THE CITY] to do well, but the bigger story for me here is that I want the people who hold the purse strings to believe that there are female audiences…”       Meanwhile, WITASWAN has been simultaneously working behind-the-scenes on a […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: B-D

BLOCKERS (2018): Review by Elly Levenson

With non-stop laugh-out-loud humor and a truly authentic core, Blockers, written by Brian & Jim Kehoe and directed by the Pitch Perfect trilogy’s Kay Cannon, stands out as one of the funniest comedy blockbusters of the past few years.  (EML: 4/5)

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Reviews: H-J

Thoughtful Satire ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ is a Guaranteed Laugh

Written by Erin Cardillo, Dana Fox and Katie Silberman, Isn’t It Romantic is a satire about an Australian architect who is knocked out and wakes up in her own romantic comedy. Though its purpose in satirizing the genre of rom-coms is somewhat unclear, the satirical recreation of wildly unrealistic rom-com tropes is pretty much guaranteed […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: E-G

GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

Why is Ghostbusters 2016 so important? Thoughts from Peier Tracy Shen  There are of course more important reasons to watch GB16. And that’s kind of the elephant in the room, especially with the recent news about Leslie Jones, who was subjected to twitter abuses. The Internet trolling (rampant, in fact, ever since the movie was announced) only reflects […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: Q-S

SISTERS

Sisters is a big, broad, bawdy delight. Screenwriter Paula Pell–a member of the Saturday Night Live team for the past decade and Emmy-nominated with the SNL team for recent anniversary shows–knows her stars perfectly. And director Jason Moore (best known for the first Pitch Perfect film) knows how the keep the whole dizzy, ditzy ensemble […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: B-D

CODEGIRL

Lesley Chilcott’s inspiring documentary tells stories of teenage girls from around the world as they enter the 2015 Technovation Challenge. Codegirl is an interesting, empowering and insightful documentary everyone should see; most importantly, high school girls. (BKP: 4.5/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky “It’s difficult to be what you can’t see.” Director Lesley […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: H-J

THE INTERN

Three views, two reviews: Brigid & Jessica both say their say about The Intern, then Jan weighs in with her own two cents 🙂 Review of The Intern by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky  Robert De Niro leads a classic-Nancy Meyers comedy about a 70-year-old intern working opposite 30something boss Anne Hathaway. A refreshing, heartfelt film about friendship and pseudo-parental […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: B-D

Asian cast dazzles the screen in lovable rom-com ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Crazy Rich Asians is a romantic comedy based on the 2013 novel by Kevin Kwan. Adele Lim and Peter Chiarelli co-write the screenplay, and collaborate with director Jon M. Chu for this long-awaited screen adaptation. Constance Wu stars as Rachel, a young professor of economics, who follows her boyfriend, “Nick Young” (Henry Golding), to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. Nick is eager to introduce his girlfriend to his family, but throws Rachel into the deep end when he fails to mention his family’s wealth and reputation. (KIZJ: 5/5)

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Reviews: Q-S

SHINING MOON (2016): Review by Katusha Jin

Shining Moon stars Ricardo Herrera and Pablo Sotomayor Prat as two jobless, gay Chilean actors who are offered roles in a theatrical film as aging cross-dressers. Originally titled El Destello De La Luna, the piece is an art house film co-written by Gustavo Letelier and Victoria Wharfe McIntyre. (KIZJ: 3/5)

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Reviews: K-M

THE LAST FACE (2016): Review by Brigid Presecky

Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem star in a love story between an activist and a physician who struggle with relief efforts in West Africa. The Oscar winners expectedly bring the best out of writer Erin Dignam’s script (a story unanimously panned across the critical board). If viewers look beyond the criticism surrounding its famed director […]

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Reviews: K-M

MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK (2016): Review by Giorgi Plys-Garzotto

On the occasion of his Guggenheim retrospective, first-time director Maura Axelrod walks us through Maurizio Catellan’s tumultuous career in a documentary that is pitch-perfect in its embracing of his art’s irreverent tone. The result is a delightfully fun and educational watch for admirers of Catellan’s work, as well as for viewers who have never heard […]

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Reviews: X-Z

ZIPPER (2015): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Zipper is a tense, riveting film about “male privilege.” Patrick Wilson plays a prosecutor who has risen to the top of his local queue and is now under consideration for high political office. But when a new witness in an ongoing investigation offers him a peek into the world of high-priced “escorts,” his well-ordered world […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: T

TRAINWRECK (JLH)

Comedienne Amy Schumer is feisty and adorable in her first staring role, but the film–which she wrote–was directed by Judd Apatow. And Apatow, as the reigning master of mainstream comedy, succeeds in softening all of Schumer’s edges. There are some laugh-out-loud moments, especially in the first half, but the long, slow slide into a predicable finale weighs the whole film […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: E-G

THE ENGLISH TEACHER

Craig Zisk, one of my favorite cable TV directors (Weeds! Nurse Jackie!) makes the leap to feature films with this giddy delight penned by Dan & Stacy Chariton. Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore) is the eponymous high school English Teacher who must wrestle with the “omniscient narrator” in her head (hilariously voiced by Fiona Shaw) to […]

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Reviews: K-M

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

Sun-kissed dramedy about a tightly-wound businessman (Pierce Brosnan) who finally comes unstuck on a family trip to Italy. Jan was thoroughly charmed by this new film by Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier. Rich also enjoyed how Bier developed the Brosnan/Dryholm relationship but thought some of the other characters were too undeveloped &/or stereotyped. Click HERE […]

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Reviews: H-J

HYSTERIA

Tanya Wexler’s new film Hysteria is a marvel of “loose/tight” properties. On the one hand, it’s tremendously funny. On the other hand, I was always laughing through my tears. Set in London circa 1880, Hysteria is loosely based on the career of Joseph Mortimer Granville, the English physician who patented the first electromechanical vibrator. As […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: H-J

THE IRON LADY (2011): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Phyllida Lloyd’s new film The Iron Lady is a bio-pic about Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1979 until November 1990. A million historical details, large and small, make Baroness Thatcher a unique individual, yet Lloyd and screenwriter Abi Morgan choose to minimize the episodes that make their subject’s life specific […]

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Bechdel-Wallace List Reviews: A

AN EDUCATION

Lone Scherfig’s terrific new film “An Education” opens in a classroom in an English suburb in the early 60s. The subject under discussion is Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre. Written over one hundred years before scene one, Jane Eyre still maintains its curious hold on the female imagination. Must we be forever reminded that Mr. […]

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