Alexandra MacAaron

Alexandra MacAaron
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T-Meter Title | Year Review
9/10 88% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Calling it a "good film" seems incongruous, given the tragic subject matter. But other words come to mind: wondrous, stunning, strangely and irrationally beautiful. A movie that forces you to see the invisible children on the fringe of society. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
8/10 100% Egg (2019) "Egg" is a film that will likely be appreciated by women more than men. (Not that the reverse ever stopped Hollywood from making a movie.) The entire film centers around women's choices and changing identities. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
6/10 38% State Like Sleep (2019) Katherine (Katherine Waterston) has woven a rich, complicated story to make up for her husband's seemingly random act of self-destruction. She's blocked the emotional fallout of her husband's death. Now, she's determined to face it. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
7.5/10 84% Rust Creek (2019) Many exploitive movies feature female victims who turn the table on their attackers. These often feel more like male fantasies than tales of true female empowerment. 'Rust Creek' is different. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
9/10 99% Tea With the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame) (2018) The premise sounds like a bit of a snore. Four octogenarians get together at a quiet country estate. They have tea in the garden, then go into the house when it starts raining. The end. There's very little action. But there's plenty of drama. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
7.5/10 72% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Ginsburg, affectionately dubbed "the Notorious RBG," has become a living legend of late. Nothing, it seems, from broken ribs to cancer, keeps her from her job. But, every legend needs a beginning. This is it. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
8/10 96% Roma (2018) Shot in black and white (Cuarón served as cinematographer as well as writer and director), it's an intense memory piece, dealing with the challenging subjects of class, race, and gender, in an evolving country without preaching or even taking a side. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
8/10 78% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) The long-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns may not quite live up to Disney's 1964 classic. But if you're looking for a reason to smile for two hours and ten minutes (which do fly by), you can't do much better. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
9/10 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) In recent years, we've seen a number of anti-heroes, but it's rare to have an anti-heroine. Lee is an unlikely heroine, to say the very least. And, as Lee, Melissa McCarthy is simply marvelous. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
8/10 87% All About Nina (2018) Eva Vives has made an important and powerful film, against some odds. She's a woman and Hispanic. She refused to make Nina "nicer." It isn't surprising that funding was hard to come by. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
9/10 88% What They Had (2018) Elizabeth Chomko and her stellar cast have created a particularly tender film about a terrible disease. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
7.5/10 89% Love, Gilda (2018) 'Love, Gilda' is finely crafted, interesting, and entertaining. It's well worth seeing, but will leave you wanting more. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
8/10 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) Yayoi Kusama waited most of her life for the recognition, fame, and fortune that she sought when she first came to New York in 1958. Today, at age 89, she is the top-selling female artist in the world. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
9/10 87% The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) The film is a powerful protest against any dogma (in this case, fundamental Christian) that is quick to brand people and their behavior as either righteous or sinful. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
9/10 85% The Wife (2018) "Behind every great man there's a great woman?" In this case, it would be more apt to say, "Behind every great man there's a far greater woman who has given up who she was and what she did to ensure his greatness." - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
8/10 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) Delightful is the perfect way to describe 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.' And, with everything going on in the world today, you could do worse than devoting two hours to being delighted. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
7/10 88% Whitney (2018) A powerful reminder of Houston's beautiful voice and tragic end. But, a late-in-the-game accusation shamelessly provides new tabloid fodder, and oversimplifies her very complicated journey of self-destruction. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2018
7/10 51% Boundaries (2018) The writing is smart and funny, the scenery along the Pacific coast is glorious, and the performances are all topnotch. It was a labor of love for the director, and her close connection to the material is apparent. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
9.5/10 100% Leave No Trace (2018) A quiet movie filled with heart and hope. Will Debra Granik make us wait another eight years for her next narrative film? I certainly hope not. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
9/10 98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) This touching tribute to Fred Rogers, the world's most unlikely celebrity, left many audience members in my local indie movie house (this reviewer included) smiling through tears. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2018
8/10 69% Ocean's 8 (2018) Ocean's 8 passes the Bechdel Test. Yes, it tells us, it's possible for a group of smart and talented women to come together for a reason other than men. This is progress. (It may involve criminal activity on an epic scale, but it's still progress.) - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
8/10 81% Tiny Shoulders, Rethinking Barbie (2018) Has a piece of plastic even been so politically charged? No, argues filmmaker Andrea Blaugrund Nevins in this interesting and entertaining documentary. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
6.5/10 54% Book Club (2018) Watching these four phenomenal leading ladies put their all into the film is a rare and wonderful treat. However, the script isn't worthy of them. But maybe it will open the door for more (and better) movies with older actresses. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
8.5/10 85% Tully (2018) Cody and Reitman have really broken ground with their portrayal of motherhood here. It isn't soft-focused and sacred, but neither is it laugh-out-loud funny. In Tully, motherhood is messy and noisy and difficult as hell. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
4/10 35% I Feel Pretty (2018) Toward the movie's end, Schumer's Renee delivers a powerful speech about women feeling confident in their own skin. But, she's doing so in order to sell cosmetics. So much for finding the beauty within. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
7.5/10 69% Finding Your Feet (2018) There are things that the British simply do better than we do. One of them is creating romantic comedies with old people. Here's a new one, with a marvelous cast that's living it up. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2018
8/10 87% Hannah (2018) Charlotte Rampling, still striking at 72, brings drama to Hannah's lonely days and transforms an achingly average woman into a tragic figure. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
5/10 36% The Leisure Seeker (2018) Unfortunately, the story takes a wrong turn early on, and despite truly fine performances, it never fully satisfies. In fact, it's the kind of movie in which you see so much potential that its doubly disappointing when it doesn't live up to it. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
7/10 42% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) The best way to enjoy A Wrinkle in Time is to get past the Hollywood royalty and super-powered special effects. Focus instead on Meg and her story, and look forward to more adventures for girls in Hollywood's future. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
8/10 89% I, Tonya (2018) The mostly true story of ice skating's most striking woman. The terrific movie I Tonya, nominated for three Oscars this year, doesn't strive to tell the truth so much as to explore different truths. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2018
10/10 99% Lady Bird (2017) Lady Bird is a brilliant little movie that deals with ideas both big and small. But, most powerful is the relationship between Lady Bird and Marion. It is harsh and funny and sometimes hard to watch. But it is undeniably and eternally there. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2017
8.5/10 86% Please Give (2010) In writer/director Nicole Holofcener's crisp, poignant and funny new movie, Kipling's "white man's burden" has evolved into the liberal woman's guilt. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
9/10 82% I Am Love (2010) The last five minutes of the film are an extraordinary affirmation of free will and self-worth, and redemption for centuries of female characters forced to sacrifice it all for passion. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
6.5/10 36% Eat Pray Love (2010) With 6 million readers of Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir, clearly, the movie has big shoes to fill. It may not succeed, but Julia Roberts and the film's designers give us a lot to enjoy. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
5/10 55% Morning Glory (2010) I saw Broadcast News twenty-three years ago and I remember every word. I saw Morning Glory last week, but I don't think it'll have the same impact. Fun, but ultimately forgettable. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
4/10 85% Black Swan (2010) Black Swan succeeds, but only as horror. If only the women's characters had been as fully thought through as the camera angles, it might have soared much higher. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8.5/10 84% Jane Eyre (2011) Because of Jane, generations of young women have been - and will continue to be - reassured that even if they are "poor, obscure, plain, and little," they can still make a happy ending if they are true to themselves. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
4/10 89% Bridesmaids (2011) Funny? Yes. But is revolting raunch really a step forward for women in Hollywood? - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
6.5/10 37% Larry Crowne (2011) There's no deep message. No complex characters. No moments of high drama, no inspired speeches. But the pictures are pretty, the story is sweet and it's told by a top-notch team of Hollywood pros. It's not great; but it sure is likable. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
5/10 51% The Iron Lady (2012) Have you ever seen a terrific trailer, only to find yourself grossly disappointed in the actual film? Too much of the movie is about an elderly Thatcher shuffling about in a nightgown. (But I challenge anyone to shuffle as convincingly as Ms. Streep.) - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8/10 93% Farewell, My Queen (2012) We share a palace insider's perspective as Marie-Antoinette lives her last days at Versailles, prior to her arrest and eventual appointment with "Madame Guillotine." It's. like Upstairs Downstairs at Versailles. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8.5/10 83% Your Sister's Sister (2012) Watching mortals sort through relationships is not just an intelligent way to spend an afternoon -- it's downright refreshing. The characters are so honest, so thoughtful, and so utterly real that you feel genuine interest in their plight. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
7/10 45% To Rome with Love (2012) Is To Rome with Love great Woody Allen? No. It's not even very good Woody Allen. It's probably mediocre Woody Allen, at best. But mediocre Woody Allen is still better than the majority of the movies made today. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8/10 75% Hope Springs (2012) The word for both Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones is simply "courageous." The overarching theme of the movie is: Should people who are no longer young and slim and unwrinkled talk so much about -- much less engage in -- s-e-x? - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8/10 94% Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2012) The late, great Diana Vreeland devoted her youth to reinventing herself-and her life-to redefine how the world sees beauty. While she may not have become a swan, she became something much more opulent and grand. A peacock, perhaps. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
7/10 69% Les Misérables (2012) Nearly every song is shot in extreme close-up. I would have preferred to get lost in the music, rather than wonder "How did they get Jackman's eyes to look like that?" "When was the last time Redmayne shaved?" "When was the last time Hathaway ate?" - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
7.5/10 49% The Great Gatsby (2013) A fan of the Redford/Farrow version, I was prepared to be disappointed. And I was wrong. It may be a bit too much of a wild ride visually. But it gave me a new way of looking at a familiar figure. And there's something pretty great about that. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
9.5/10 98% Before Midnight (2013) The first movie was all about possibility. The second was about making a decision. Before Midnight is about consequences. Together they are a fascinating look at how we live and love. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
9/10 86% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) o what does the mighty Whedon do in his time off? He invites a couple of dozen friends over, and in less than a fortnight turns out the sleekest, smartest film adaptation of William Shakespeare I have ever seen. Get thee to a cinema. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
5/10 54% Lovelace (2013) Familiar territory: celebrity woman with a man beating the crap out of her. We've seen this before in What's Love Got to Do With It and in Star 80. Unfortunately, these movies weren't just earlier than Lovelace; they were stronger. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017