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The Ten Best Women-Directed Films of 2016

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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The Ten Best Women-Directed Films of 2016 With the beginning of 2017, we have to stay positive about the changes, however slow, that are happening in the film community for women in film.  Parity won’t ever happen without agitating for equality and consideration in terms of women film directors and all production artists working below …

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JACKIE Movie Review: Portman is Perfection in a Pill Box Hat

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in the film, "Jackie." (William Gray/Fox Searchlight via AP)

Most Americans can remember exactly what they were doing when the towers fell on 9/11.  It is the national tragedy that connects us all.  Before that, though, there was another day of communal sadness and shock in this country.  For people of a certain age, it’s the day that John F. Kennedy was killed. Everyone …

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THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN review: Sweet Sharp-Edged Cinema

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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If any of you people have more than five years in the rearview mirror of leaving yourself at seventeen behind, let me remind you.  It isn’t any kind of fun.  I mean, Janis Ian’s song says it all.  In case you’d like a refresher, this week’s release THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN is ready and able …

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ARRIVAL Movie Review: Amy Adams Brings Home the Independent, Unwavering Spirit and Brainpower of All Women

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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ARRIVAL is the science fiction film for people who avoid them because they see them as vapid, effects-driven, plot deficient time-drains.  Fans loyal to the genre will also embrace the film, which is about a linguist who is tasked with translating the language of recently landed aliens, in order to open inter-species communications.  Auteur director …

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THE EAGLE HUNTRESS movie review: One Young Lady’s Gender-Busting Landscape

By Leslie Combemale | February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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A documentary has flown in just when parents of little girls are looking for ways to reaffirm their power, and its name is THE EAGLE HUNTRESS.  The movie follows Aisholpan, a 13 year old nomadic child who lives in the Altai Mountains in Central and East Asia, who decides she wants to become an eagle …

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This Weekend The Middleburg Film Festival Celebrates Women in Film

By Leslie Combemale | October 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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This Weekend The Middleburg Film Festival Celebrates Women in Film: A wide range of films and panels feature women in front of and behind the camera. 2016 has been a topsy-turvy year for women. On the one hand, it’s possible we’ll elect the first female president in history. On the other, disrespect and ignorance around women’s …

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Queen of Katwe Movie Review

By Leslie Combemale | September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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QUEEN OF KATWE: Disney, director Mira Nair, and an A-list cast of color deliver an inspiring true story out of Africa QUEEN OF KATWE may have flown under your radar up until now, but it’s time to find out why you should see this new release. When a woman who has directed such successful indie …

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Lupita Nyong’o Exclusive interview: QUEEN OF KATWE

By Leslie Combemale | September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Interview: QUEEN OF KATWE’S Lupita Nyong’o on self-doubt, equality, and the importance of dreams Lupin Nyong’o is definitely what they call in Queen of Katwe, “Queening”.  Any young lady looking to find inspiration on their path towards being an actor, or any job about which they feel passionate, would do well to pay close attention …

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Bridget Jones’s Baby: Delivers laughs and charm aplenty

By Leslie Combemale | September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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How often do you see a chick-flick release these days? How often do you see a promoted studio film made for 35 million these days?  Well, BRIDGET JONES’S BABY is kicking it old school in these and many other ways, and to great, often hilarious success.  We all know guys are largely going to avoid …

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SDCC 2106’s Women Rocking Hollywood panel: “IF SHE CAN DO THIS, I CAN DO THIS”-Marvel and DC producers and famed directors speak

By Leslie Combemale | August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
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A NEW COMIC-CON PANEL “WOMEN ROCKING HOLLYWOOD” inspires, and celebrates the power of women to create great art and bring equality to the film industry. The inaugural panel of Women Rocking Hollywood, which took place at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Saturday, July 23rd, which was sponsored by Wattpad, was an unqualified success, delivered to …

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