Alexandra MacAaron

Alexandra MacAaron
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T-Meter Title | Year
7.5/10 67% Rare Beasts (2021) Piper is endearingly human and messy as Mandy, and her film includes interesting and surreal touches. Chaos abounds,but in the end, Mandy's mother love proves stronger than any challenge or even the most unhinged storyline. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2021
8/10 85% Confetti (2021) "Lovable" is the most apt description of Confetti. The film is quiet and warm; even conflicts, and there certainly are some, are resolved without much negativity. Confetti professes a faith in humanity; there's a kindness inherent in unlikely individuals. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2021
8/10 98% Playing with Sharks (2021) The charismatic subject of writer-director and Emmy-nominee Sally Aitkin's new documentary, 'Playing with Sharks: the Valerie Taylor Story,' has been at home in - and in love with - the ocean since she was in her early twenties. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2021
9/10 74% Cruella (2021) Cruella de Vil has incredible style and evil minions at her beck and call. She is certainly a feminist, she's all-Disney, and if she turns out to be more anti-heroine than heroine, well, that's part of the fun. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
8/10 100% Chasing Childhood (2020) The loss of childhood fun as we knew it isn't just something to feel wistful about. 'Chasing Childhood' points out that the disappearance of free play can have tangible and terrifying results. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
8.5/10 96% Plan B (2021) Along the way, a friendship is tested; secrets are revealed; and - in a sweet touch, unusual for the genre - relationships with parents are strained but emerge strong. Stronger even than the Indian Mafia. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
8/10 91% Unpregnant (2020) Unpregnant is rightly marketed as a comedy, but there are tough lessons wrapped up in its humor. It's the story of a complicated journey 990 miles to the nearest abortion clinic for a mother-to-be who's also a minor. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
9/10 99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Slow-moving and tough to watch, but ultimately rewarding. The dialogue is sparse, but the acting is superb. It's damned powerful and it will stay with you. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2021
9/10 No Score Yet Picture a Scientist (2020) Finely crafted, beautifully filmed, thoroughly engaging. But, it's a sobering film. It would be downright depressing if each of our heroines hadn't found her own way to overcome the nearly insurmountable obstacles she faced solely on the basis of sex. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
8/10 93% Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021) Tan shattered a glass ceiling for Asian-American, as well as other immigrant group storytellers; she helped Hollywood expand its depictions of Asian women beyond stereotypes and inspired filmmaker James Redford to produce this marvelous documentary. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
9/10 75% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Losing a baby before or immediately after birth is a profound and deeply personal experience. It's one that screenwriter Kata Wéber and Oscar-nominee Vanessa Kirby dramatize powerfully. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
8/10 100% 'Til Kingdom Come (2021) Maya Zinshtein has uncovered startling links between religion and politics but, after watching her provocative documentary 'Til Kingdom Come, you may have more questions than answers. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
9.5/10 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) In 'Promising Young Woman,' the mind-blowing feature film debut of director/screenwriter Emerald Fennell, there are lots of "good men" willing to do a bad thing. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
9/10 94% Nomadland (2021) 'Nomadland's' willingness to shine a light on a shadowy alternative lifestyle and its use of non-actors make the film uniquely relevant and emotionally affecting. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
9/10 98% Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) I don't believe we've ever seen Viola Davis turn in a less than extraordinary performance, and she gives her all once again as Ma Rainey. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
9/10 98% One Night in Miami (2020) Based on the 2013 stage play by Kemp Powers, it imagines an evening with four iconic Black figures: Cassius Clay, Malcom X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke. Regina King has brilliantly brought it to the screen. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2021
7/10 85% Misbehaviour (2020) 'Misbehaviour' tells parallel stories about two sets of young women trying to improve things. Both the feminists and the contestants want more and better opportunities - they're just using diametrically opposed methods of getting there. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
5/10 82% Happiest Season (2020) really wanted to like 'Happiest Season.' On the one hand, there should be more inclusive titles in every genre, including holiday. On the other hand, inclusivity alone doesn't make a film great or even all that good. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
9/10 97% Farewell Amor (2020) It may be true that, "absence makes the heart grow fonder." But, it's also true that people are constantly changing and evolving. How wonderful, if unlikely, that two changed people might remain in love - or slowly rediscover it - after 17 years. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
5/10 54% The Prom (2020) Alas, The 'Prom' is a little too slick. Murphy loses the camp that made the story's silliness acceptable on Broadway. It's easy (and fun) to leave common sense behind when you're watching a staged show. It's harder onscreen. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
8/10 93% Herself (2021) Written by the film's luminous star Clare Dunne, and respectfully directed by Phyllida Lloyd, 'Herself' tells the story of Sandra, a working-class Irish woman who has two angelic daughters and a monster for a husband. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
6/10 39% Rebecca (2020) Whether it was a deliberate choice or a happy coincidence, I think the new 'Rebecca's' raison d'etre is actually Kristin Scott Thomas as Mrs. Danvers. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2020
8/10 94% Black Is King (2020) A hero's journey. A celebration of African redemption. A spectacular ninety-minute music video. A glorious affirmation served up in a time of violence, hate, and social unrest. 'Black is King' is all this, and more. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
9.5/10 97% What the Constitution Means to Me (2020) This will enlighten you on Constitutional theory. It will also deliver solid entertainment, heartfelt personal stories, sublime performances, and a taste of what we lost when live theater was shuttered seven months ago. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2020
9.5/10 98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) Writer, director, producer, and star Radha Blank's semi-autobiography of an artist's early midlife crisis is smart and funny and simply great entertainment. I love this f*cking movie! - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2020
9/10 67% The Glorias (2020) We haven't reached the end yet, as the final scenes of the real and glorious Gloria Steinem in 2017 resignedly reinforce. "Are we there yet?" No. But The Glorias gives us hope. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
5/10 67% I Am Woman (2020) 'I Am Woman' is a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. But it lacks the drama and depth of other rockstar biopics. Helen Reddy and her anthem to feminism deserve more. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
7/10 78% Summerland (2020) Summerland is sweet but fairly predictable. The English coast and countryside are gorgeous. And, the film's ending is uplifting and gratifying. All in all, the film is a little too lightweight, despite its excellent cast, but definitely enjoyable. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
9/10 88% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) "Cuties" is complicated and at times disturbing, but not for the reasons cited by its critics. It's an effective argument against exploitation, not exploitive in itself. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
7.5/10 63% Radioactive (2020) How do two porcupines make love? Very carefully. I was reminded of this joke as I watched the first twenty minutes of Radioactive, the creative and satisfying Madame Curie biopic directed by Marjane Satrapi. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020
9/10 92% Relic (2020) If ever there was a horror film written from the heart, it's Natalie Erika James's debut. Relic deals with one of life's "real" horrors in an utterly fresh and genuinely frightening way. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
9/10 100% Athlete A (2020) Cohen and Shenk allow victims an opportunity to share their harrowing stories. They shine a light on a cruel, manipulative system that created a toxic environment in which young victims were so accustomed to abuse they doubted their own experiences. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
8/10 99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) It's Channing Godfrey Peoples's memories of Juneteenth celebrations that inspired her first feature film, the sensitive, moving, and ultimately uplifting mother-daughter story of 'Miss Juneteenth.' - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
5/10 87% Shirley (2020) Aside from appreciating the fine acting of Moss, Stuhlbarg, and Young, I found "Shirley" to be a great disappointment. That said, it did inspire me to reread "The Lottery," which is something I can wholeheartedly recommend. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
9/10 91% Clemency (2019) 'Clemency' is a powerful character study of a woman whose professionalism seamlessly masks her character. We see her dreams; we see her self-destructive after-hours behavior. Yet, we never see her crack on the job. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2020
8/10 77% Military Wives (2020) You may feel you've seen this movie before. But, the main message, one of solidarity in a time of uncertainty, resonates in 'Military Wives.' There's a quite wonderful sense of sorority. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
8.5/10 100% A Secret Love (2020) There is nothing but respect and genuine affection here. If anything, the film evokes a sense of admiration and wonder for any couple that can maintain the love and sense of sheer joy for and about each other. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
9/10 92% The Assistant (2020) The film follows a junior assistant as she tries to expose her boss and his reign of sexual terror. What happens is more disturbing. Because, what happens is . . . nothing. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
9/10 98% Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) (2020) The female solidarity is striking. The women know that their relationship is doomed from the start. Not only is it impossible to imagine a lesbian life together, but Marianne is actually creating the object that will separate them forever. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2020
6.5/10 68% Troop Zero (2020) If you can excuse a bit of cinematic aimlessness at the beginning, you'll enjoy the story of star-struck Christmas Flint and her band of space explorers. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
8/10 91% Miss Americana (2020) 'Miss Americana' offers a compelling and compassionate portrait of an extraordinarily talented woman who has grown up and remained remarkably unspoiled under the harshest possible spotlights. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
8/10 75% The Photograph (2020) I was afraid I was in for a sappy romance. The Photograph, written and directed by Stella Meghie, turned out to be decidedly romantic and not at all sappy. It's beautiful to watch (and not just because of its unusually handsome stars). - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2020
9/10 95% Little Women (2019) Greta Gerwig's 'Little Women' succeeds marvelously in retelling Jo March's - and Louisa May Alcott's - stories for a very fortunate new generation. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2020
8/10 94% Honey Boy (2019) "Honey Boy' is terribly sad but a beautiful film. And one that is worthy of the fine reviews it has received, as well as serious awards consideration. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
9/10 83% Queen & Slim (2019) Queen & Slim is a tremendous tribute to the human spirit. And although it dramatizes themes of desperation and injustice, it is hauntingly beautiful. Its heroes - and heartbreak - will stay with you long after the credits roll. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2019
8/10 46% Last Christmas (2019) It's a bit of a mash-up (and not always in a good way). It's also genuinely heartwarming and adorable. It's very much the kind of movie that gets lukewarm (to lousy) reviews but leaves audiences feeling quite satisfied and even a bit weepy. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
8/10 73% Harriet (2019) As true-life abolitionist and conductor on the underground railroad Cynhia Erivo will take your breath away. If the movie is at times formulaic, it is nevertheless a beautiful and emotionally rewarding tribute to the real Tubman. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2019
7/10 67% Sister Aimee (2019) Samantha Buck and Marie Schlingmann's new film "Sister Aimee" is, by their own admission, 94.5% imagination. What "Sister Aimee" does have in spades is a truly marvelous cast. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
9/10 82% Judy (2019) At once a celebration of an iconic star's courageous last stand and a cautionary tale about a brilliantly talented young girl whose childhood was stolen by an industry that eventually abandoned her. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2019
9/10 84% Downton Abbey (2019) If you were among the millions of fans who suffered Downton withdrawal, by all means get thee to your local cinema this weekend. Downton Abbey, the movie, is bigger, if not exactly better, than ever. - Women's Voices for Change EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019