AWFJ Women on Film

AWFJ Women on Film is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Betsy Bozdech, Carol Cling, Cate Marquis, Courtney Howard, Jen Yamato, Joanna Langfield, Leslie Combemale, Loren King, Maitland McDonagh, MaryAnn Johanson, Sandie Angulo Chen, Sarah Knight Adamson, Susan Granger, Susan Wloszczyna
Rating Title/Year Author
Chichinette: The Accidental Spy (2019) Susan Wloszczyna The film is most compelling when its subject narrates her own personal history, whether speaking to the camera, talking to audiences or doing voiceovers while an animated figure sometimes acts out a scene. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) Susan Wloszczyna Will likely bring tears to your eyes. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael (2018) Susan Wloszczyna What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael is the first documentary I have seen that places her opinions beside the films that she went on to make and break with her incisive words. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Honey Boy (2019) Susan Wloszczyna Bravo to LeBeouf being brave enough to dig deep both in his acting and his writing while inviting the public to participate in his healing process. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Female Pleasure (2018) Susan Wloszczyna Will give pleasure to any woman who has ever been made to feel ashamed for being a sexual being. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2018) Susan Wloszczyna This one of those docs that is built on the notions that seeing is believing and actions speak louder than words. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Angel of Mine (2019) Susan Wloszczyna Farrant relies a bit too much on her clichéd throbbing cello score to ratchet up the tension. But the payoff is worth it. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) Susan Wloszczyna Writer/director Issa Lopez's Spanish-language genre mash-up often promises more than it can deliver, but it is helped by a group of compelling youngsters on screen. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
One Child Nation (2019) Susan Wloszczyna It is a true horror story. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
The Nightingale (2018) Susan Wloszczyna If anything, The Nightingale is proof that humans have always had the capacity to horribly oppressed others and deny them their rights in order to feel superior -- a world that still lacks justice for all. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Honeyland (2019) Susan Wloszczyna A poetic microcosm of what happens when self-serving enterprises become the norm while those who care are pushed aside. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Sword of Trust (2019) Susan Wloszczyna Luckily, the filmmaker puts her trust in her actors... and gives them enough improv rope to allow them to feel like real people -- some of whom we would be glad to know. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Maiden (2018) Susan Wloszczyna Director Alex Holmes gracefully cuts back and forth from stirring archival footage of the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race as cameras get up close and personal with the female crew. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Late Night (2019) Susan Wloszczyna Thompson certainly knows how to deliver a zinger. She also brings out the best in difficult, complicated women as well. But the heart of this movie resides in its odd-couple pairing of Dame Emma with Mindy Kaling. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Wine Country (2019) Susan Wloszczyna You will likely be amused now and then, even if this isn't a primo vintage comedy moment for lady kind. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Family (2018) Susan Wloszczyna There are fewer comedic tropes as over-trodden as the self-absorbed adult whose life becomes enriched when a child suddenly enters their life... Little progress has been made, judging by Laura Steinel's directorial debut Family. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Susan Wloszczyna By the end of this two-hour impeccably researched and well-curated production, you will not only learn of Guy-Blache's well-rounded oeuvre that tackles a varied array of genres... But your very notion of what silent films are like might be elevated. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Girls of the Sun (2018) Susan Wloszczyna Anyone who craves big-screen depictions of strong females defying victimhood and stereotypes... will find value and emotional sustenance in director Eva Husson's Girls of the Sun. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Roll Red Roll (2018) Susan Wloszczyna I wish director Nancy Schwartzman had more than 80 minutes to reveal how people justify having something that is described as a "rape culture" take root in their community. But it is enough to remind us how easy it is to fall into the trap. EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2020
Saint Judy (2018) Susan Wloszczyna This one has a couple things extra going for it. First is the presence of Michelle Monaghan, a truly under-rated actress who somehow avoids turning her Judy into a do-gooder bore. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Woman at War (2018) Susan Wloszczyna There are running gags... But there is also human compassion among those who help the leading lady along the way. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Daughter of Mine (2018) Susan Wloszczyna As a distinctly different kind of love triangle, it mostly succeeds thanks to its trio of effective performances. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Roma (2018) Susan Wloszczyna Roma is intimate, epic and female-focused, not unlike filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron's 2013 intergalactic 3-D odyssey Gravity... But Roma is also an immersive nostalgic valentine to his '70s childhood in Mexico City. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Komunia (2016) Susan Wloszczyna Ola is a highly watchable character who keeps us fully invested in Communion. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
On the Basis of Sex (2018) Susan Wloszczyna One wishes that director Mimi Leder and screenwriter Daniel Stiepleman took a few more chances in their approach to such an incredibly brave and smart woman whose super power was her cogent ability to state her arguments. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Capernaum (2018) Susan Wloszczyna There are moments of humor but mostly there is an aching sense of social collapse and chaos, where humans are simply chattel and their lives are cheap. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
What They Had (2018) Susan Wloszczyna This drama's beats will feel familiar to most middle-agers who face such decisions with their elderly parents. The one thing Chomko gets so right is how hard it is to acknowledge that maybe your adult kids do have your best interests at heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Susan Wloszczyna More than enough evidence that McCarthy is the real deal as she closes off her usual buoyant avenues of emoting for a darker, morose and complex persona. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Jane Fonda in Five Acts (2018) Susan Wloszczyna Pictures often speak louder than words, and filmmaker Susan Lacy does a masterful job of summing up this amazing female icon with her documentary, Jane Fonda in Five Acts. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
The Bookshop (2017) Susan Wloszczyna Despite such a quality cast, however, The Bookshop will likely test the patience of those who require peppier pacing and more compelling drama, even in a well-meaning film set in a British seaside village in 1959. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Skate Kitchen (2018) Susan Wloszczyna Mosellle isn't breaking that much new ground here. But what is fresh and different is that she never judges, punishes or, most importantly, exploits her character's behavior. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Puzzle (2018) Susan Wloszczyna It is the audience who wins, however, thanks to Macdonald's gently nuanced performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
93Queen (2018) Susan Wloszczyna Every true-life account of a crusader who dares challenge patriarchal norms needs a Norma Rae, Erin Brockovich or Katherine G. Johnson for the audience to root for. Director Paula Eiselt knows she has struck activist gold in Freier. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Dark Money (2018) Susan Wloszczyna Director Kimberly Reed smartly grabs our attention by using the gorgeous and thinly populated state of Montana as a microcosm for the ongoing corruption of the election process. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Leave No Trace (2018) Susan Wloszczyna What I most appreciate about Granik's approach is how she eschews exposition and trusts her leads -- in this case, a terrific Ben Foster in a rare contemplative role, and knock-out New Zealand newcomer Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Little Pink House (2017) Susan Wloszczyna Balaker gets too bogged down with the Capra-esque elements of her script rather than involving us more in the ironic turns the case eventually takes. Still, Little Pink House is worth a watch if only for those who, like me, are keen on Keener. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
The Party (2017) Susan Wloszczyna Thank goodness a sharp observer like Potter exists to pull off such a tricky farce with such finely finessed brevity. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Una mujer fantástica (2017) Susan Wloszczyna Vega's performance is a prize for anyone who sees this timely, ground-breaking and moving portrait. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Battle of the Sexes (2017) Susan Wloszczyna Adding balance are the finely nuanced performances of both Emma Stone as King and Steve Carell as Riggs. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Polina, danser sa vie (2016) Susan Wloszczyna The world of Polina most comes alive during the dance sequences, which is to be expected since Angelin Preljocaj, co-directing with screenwriter Valerie Muller, is a well-respected choreographer... Preljocaj captures the thrill of physical movement. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
The Beguiled (2017) Susan Wloszczyna Unlike the original Beguiled, which was more erotic, pulpy and vengeful, Coppola presents an intoxicating portrait of feminine fortitude in the face of hard times. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Sami Blood (2016) Susan Wloszczyna A Swedish coming-of-age drama handled with an impressive delicacy of purpose by first-time filmmaker Amanda Kernell. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2020
Beanpole (2019) Loren King The engagement of its main characters, Masha and Iya, anchored by outstanding breakout performances from the two leads, give this film the searing honesty of a documentary. EDIT
Posted Jan 21, 2020
Wonder (2017) Sarah Knight Adamson You will shed a tear or two, as this inspirational story tugs at all the right heartstrings. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
I Kill Giants (2017) Sarah Knight Adamson It's not an easy film to view; I do think viewers may be lost if they haven't read the book series. Fans of the series will probably enjoy the film, yet most who have not read the books will be in the dark. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
A Little Something for Your Birthday (2017) Sarah Knight Adamson Here's a portrait of both older women and men living life to the fullest, and not settling for second best just because society sets deadlines. It also gives hope to those who are divorced or widowed. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
Mudbound (2017) Sarah Knight Adamson Under stellar direction by Dee Rees, we can't help but empathize with the hardships of the characters. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
The Disaster Artist (2017) Sarah Knight Adamson This is one of the funniest movies ever made. James Franco should be nominated for an Oscar for his performance. The film is non-stop laughter, with a few serious moments. I loved it. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
Tomb Raider (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson The film needs to be edited down by at least 20 minutes. It plays like a video game, one unrealistic stunt after another; yet, we aren't invested enough, due to the lack of a cohesive story line. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020
Life of the Party (2018) Sarah Knight Adamson At its core, this hysterically sweet film has a big, loving, kind heart. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2020