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Alexandra MacAaron

Alexandra MacAaron
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
9/10 81% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
5/10 56% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
4/10 86% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
4/10 90% Bridesmaids (2011) Funny? Yes. But is revolting raunch really a step forward for women in Hollywood?‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
6.5/10 35% 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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8/10 92% 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
9/10 85% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
5/10 52% 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
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
9/10 91% Blue Jasmine (2013) Woody Allen, whether you love him or hate him, has always had a way with women. He somehow gets the very best out of his leading ladies. As Jasmine (nee Jeanette), Cate Blanchett is a glorious trainwreck, and it's hard to look away.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
3/10 32% Adore (2013) While Adore is based on some fairly salacious material, it tries to be an earnest drama examining the nature of friendship and lust and leaving convention behind. Unfortunately, Adore is a snore.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
7.5/10 72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) The film paints a disturbing and expansive portrait of the civil rights movement-from Jim Crow's "separate but equal" charade and demonstrations, to forced desegregation and the eventual victory of an African American in the White House.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8/10 82% Prisoners (2013) Smart and suspenseful and the acting is first rate. The movie's ending is quite literally stunning. The details of Prisoners' intricate mystery will stay with you, as will its disturbing moral questions.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
5/10 96% Gravity (2013) The hype for Cuarón's ambitious Gravity has been . . . well . . . out of this world. Critics have fallen over themselves praising the film and I went into the theater expecting very big things indeed. I hate to say this, but I didn't love it.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
9/10 99% Wadjda (2013) In presenting fine details and focusing on her characters rather than on a political agenda, Al-Mansour has created a perfect little movie that just happens to be set against an imperfect and deeply misogynistic society. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8.5/10 92% Philomena (2013) Philomena Lee's true-life story and the marvelous movie Philomena raise the same question. What would Jesus do with an unwed mother? I doubt he'd make her do laundry.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8/10 99% Gloria (2014) The wonder is that Gloria becomes truly beautiful as the movie goes on. As in real life, as we get to know her, we fall in love with her, and the way she appears to us changes. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8.5/10 No Score Yet The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life (2013) The film's message is very clear. Listen for the music. Look for the beautiful. Choose happiness. Herz-Sommer experienced hatred beyond our imagining, but chose to forgive and to love. The Lady in Number 6 is a small film with a big heart.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8/10 89% Le Week-End (2014) The banter is clever, yet so candid that the audience feels a bit sheepish. We're overhearing a wholly believable private conversation; these two are most definitely not on their best behavior. No company manners here. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
6/10 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) The movie is a hot mess, which at times, frankly, could be hotter. For a movie about a sex worker, the sex isn't very sexy. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8.5/10 83% Belle (2014) If Spielberg had commissioned Jane Austen to write the screenplay for Amistad, Belle is pretty much what we would have gotten. It's a sumptuous period piece reflecting on 18th-century social mores: rank, revenue, and-in this case-race. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8/10 86% The Immigrant (2014) When the movie ended, a woman approached; like me, she had seen it on her own and I think she felt compelled to debrief with someone. "Wasn't that the saddest thing?" she asked, shaking her head. "It was," I agreed. "It really was."‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
3/10 18% And So It Goes (2014) Keaton is earnest, sentimental, a little goofy. But the flibbertigibbet routine is getting tired. Meanwhile, Douglas chews the scenery as a modern-day Ebenezer Scrooge. The movie is bland at best, more often boring (and, at times, offensive). ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
7.5/10 69% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) With its fine cast, glorious setting, and countless scenes of mouthwatering menus, The Hundred-Foot Journey is an appetizing alternative to summer's superheroes and zombies. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
9.5/10 97% Boyhood (2014) Arquette, in what may be the best performance of her career, conveys exactly what it feels like to be a single parent: the word is trapped. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
7/10 64% The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) Really, knowing that sequels rarely, if ever, live up to the original, why would a production studio risk calling a movie "The Second Best" anything? Still, there are several good reasons to see it.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
7.5/10 93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015) Like other later-in-life romantic movies, I'll See You in My Dreams tells us that it's never too late to fall in love. But, don't expect a completely happy ending. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
7.5/10 86% Trainwreck (2015) Amy Schumer is a feminist. And she's really funny. She serves up joke after joke, and she doesn't seem to mind if she herself is the joke as long as it makes us laugh. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
6.5/10 64% Ricki And The Flash (2015) The mighty Meryl is supported by a fine cast (most of whom are onscreen less than they deserve to be). But, despite some resonant moments Ricki and the Flash suffers from scenes that belie believability. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8/10 81% Infinitely Polar Bear (2015) Growing up and growing strong with a bipolar dad may have seemed like an impossible mission. But, clearly, writer/director Maya Forbes' lovely film shows she has moved forward.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8.5/10 92% Grandma (2015) A great role for a truly great talent, who just happens to be in her 70s. The movie is just under 90 minutes, but Tomlin delivers in that short time. Her wise-cracking one-liners are tempered by a real sense of loss and vulnerability. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
7.5/10 67% Learning To Drive (2015) This odd couple has much to learn from each other - and I'm not talking about parallel parking. Their scenes together are well-written and deftly acted. As they should be, with two of Hollywood's most accomplished pros behind the wheel.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8.5/10 96% The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?) (2015) The movie examines what it means to be a mother - is it a matter of proximity or of love? And what are we to do when those two pieces are at odds?‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
5/10 60% The Intern (2015) Jules (Hathaway) creates a booming business, but a group of older men in suits thinks she needs an older man in a suit to run her company. So, who shows up to provide her with the guidance and backbone she needs? An older man in a suit. Disappointing.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8.5/10 98% Iris (2015) Much of the fun is getting a behind-the-scenes look at how fashion icon Iris Apfel constructs an outfit. And then, maybe, following er lead. (That necklace that was too big, too bright, too gaudy may seem just right. Especially if you add another.) ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
8/10 73% Suffragette (2015) A richly detailed period piece but the struggle it dramatizes - and the very real danger its characters face - is always present. There isn't much time for tea and crumpets when you have mailboxes (not to mention politicians' country houses) to blow up.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
10/10 94% Room (2015) The script is so fine, the performances so fearless and the story so engrossing that the background becomes simply background. This is one of the richest stories of motherhood (and human-hood) we've seen.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
3/10 70% Miss You Already (2015) A lackluster reboot of chick flick extraordinaire Beaches. I kept waiting for "Wind Beneath My Wings" to start playing. Alas, it never did.‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017
10/10 96% Brooklyn (2015) It's this fact that makes Brooklyn so relevant. As our country debates whether to allow refugees in, we need to reflect upon our own histories and recognize so many common dreams and goals. We're all Eilis. ‐ Women's Voices for Change
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2017