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Their Finest: See This Fine Female-fueled World War II Indie Dramedy

By Leslie Combemale | April 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
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It’s always great to hear we will be treated to a movie co-starring Bill Nighy. He joins star Gemma Arterton and co-star Sam Claflin in a charming, bittersweet dramedy opening in arthouses this weekend called Their Finest, about a woman living in World War II London who takes a job as screenwriter for a propaganda feature film called …

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The Zookeeper’s Wife: An Inspiring, Timely Story of Holocaust Rescuers

By Leslie Combemale | March 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Coming this weekend is a movie whose subject matter, which is based on a true story, will be compelling to many compassionate, loving people. The film The Zookeeper’s Wife asks, “What would you do? Would you risk your life every single day to rescue total strangers?” For Antonina and Dr. Jan Zabinska, who ran the Warsaw Zoo …

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Raw Review: Eat director Julia Ducournau’s new horror indie up

By Leslie Combemale | March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments
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There’s a new A-list of female directors building in the horror genre, and that’s a very exciting development. It includes Ana Lily Amirpour, Karyn Kusama, Jennifer Kent, just to name just a few, and it makes sense. If women writer/directors want to subvert expectation in the film industry, create an audience that isn’t skewed towards …

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Beauty and the Beast Review: An All Female-led Design Team Brings New Beauty

By Leslie Combemale | March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Anyone who is in love with the 1991 Disney animated feature Beauty and the Beast has been over the moon about the coming of a live-action version starring Hermione Granger herself, Emma Watson.  The fact that one of its producers, Don Hahn, also had that credit on the original lends some credibility in the “maintaining the …

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KEDi Review: This documentary on the cats of Istanbul mesmerizes

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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In Istanbul, cats have been an essential part of the fabric of its communities for thousands of years.  There are hundreds of thousands of them roaming free in the city. The new film KEDi is from Turkish director/producer Ceyda Torun. She highlights these animals, and how they exist independently yet often choose to interact with …

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A United Kingdom Review: Female director Amma Asante brings us a love story of the brave real-life couple that changed a country

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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This weekend sees the release of A United Kingdom, the big screen dramatization based on Susan Williams’s nonfiction book Colour Bar, about Seretse and Ruth Khama. In the late 1940s, Khama, the Prince of Bechuanaland (now Batswana) married white English clerk Ruth Williams, and together they bravery faced the prejudice and fight against their union. …

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New IMAX Film Dream Big: Engineering our World Inspires Girls to Engineer a Better World

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Most of us have been to one of those museum IMAX movies: Think of To Fly, The Living Sea, and Everest. All those, and many more movies you saw on that field trip you’ll never forget, were made by director Greg MacGillivray of MacGillivray Freeman films. Now he’s got a new film, Dream Big: Engineering …

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Amma Asante Interview: On Filming A United Kingdom & Being A Working Director

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Director Amma Asante on the set of A United Kingdom. Photo by Stanislav Honzik. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved A United Kingdom, a film based on historic events, is being released just after Valentine’s Day on February 17th here in the states. Directed by Amma Asante, a UK-born daughter of …

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Toni Erdmann Review: See this Winning, Woman-Directed, Oscar Nominated Film

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Oscar nominations were announced this week.  Women working behind the camera inside and outside Hollywood and their supporters around the world were chagrined, if unsurprised, to see the list of Best Director nominations comprised entirely of men.  Worse yet, director Mel Gibson, who has been accused of anti-Semitism and repeated domestic violence, took the place …

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Power to the Protest : 5 Inspirational Documentaries to Prepare You for the Women’s March on Washington

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Perhaps you’ve heard. There’s a peaceful transition of power happening in Washington DC this weekend. Also happening this weekend is potentially one of the largest protest gatherings in recorded history. There are hundreds of thousands making their voices of dissent and protest heard by marching in Washington, but with numbers reaching over a million by …

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