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, Courtney Howard, Jen Yamato, Joanna Langfield, Leslie Combemale, Loren King, MaryAnn Johanson, Sandie Angulo Chen, Sarah Knight Adamson, Susan Granger, Susan Wloszczyna
Rating Title/Year Author
Animals (2019) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas A film about presence, identity and change, Animals is a victorious celebration of life's often unexpected complications. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
A Dog Called Money (2019) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Despite the scale of its vision it is difficult to not see A Dog Called Money as preaching to the converted on some level; the film is unlikely to appeal to anyone who hasn't already made a connection with Harvey and her work previously. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
() Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Watching Houbolt in this film is simply a gift, and filmmakers - not just in Australia, but around the world - should take Sullivan's lead and continue to create roles of this depth, diversity and value for actors of this caliber. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
BIT (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Bit is our wake-up call that the conservative clichés of narrow representation in cinema are past tense. Together, Elmore and Maines have proven taking risks can be fun and meaningful without being preachy or patronizing. EDIT
Posted Jun 10, 2019
Queen of Hearts (2019) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Queen of Hearts is certainly not a comfortable watch, let alone a pleasant one. But it is a fearless, important film whose impact explodes primarily out of the core collaboration between its masterful director and her main actor. EDIT
Posted Jun 8, 2019
4.5/5 Mouthpiece (2018) Leslie Combemale Mouthpiece is not an easy watch, especially for those still emotionally bruised by recent loss, but this emotional examination of women moving through society is cathartic and moving. EDIT
Posted Jun 7, 2019
School's Out (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas School's Out packs an impressive amount of ideological and tonal punch into what at first appearance could be mistaken for pedestrian genre film fare. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
Ask for Jane (2018) Loren King Ask For Jane depicts an important chapter in history and reminds us why women risked so much to help one another at a very dark and dangerous time. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2019
Head Count (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Head Count is a fun horror movie that reveals the potential duplicity and capacity for evil in all of us, a light-hearted genre romp destined to please those amongst us with a soft spot for low-budget indie horror filmmaking. EDIT
Posted May 27, 2019
Bull (2019) Loren King As she proved with her superb, award-winning 2014 short film Skunk, Silverstein portrays marginal lives with unflinching honesty and heart-wrenching humanity. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2019
Wine Country (2019) Loren King Despite its shortcomings, Wine Country has enough laughs and tender moments to make it worthwhile. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Charlie Says (2018) Loren King The film does capture the isolation and indoctrination of the women once they are under Manson's sadistic control and the need for one another's approval as well as the competition... EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
5/5 Rafiki (2018) Leslie Combemale As played by Mugatsia and Munyiva, Kena and Ziki have a curiosity between them that goes beyond magnetism, seeming to go to their souls. The actors are completely mesmerizing to watch. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2019
Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Body at Brighton Rock is a confident and deceptively sophisticated celebration of women who can't do everything, but who find a way to make it through regardless EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Tater Tot & Patton (2017) Loren King Grief in all its messiness, especially as experienced by a middle aged man, is the heart of this sparse, moving indie. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
Girls of the Sun (2018) Loren King Husson directs the complex action with escalating tension and horror, though it's likely just a glimpse into what these women suffered, and what they still endure. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Loren King An important contribution to making sure no one ever again asks "Who?" at the mention of Alice Guy-Blaché. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) Loren King Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema goes a long way toward correcting a glaring omission. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Carol (2015) Loren King Christmas movie: the melancholy, the longing, the flashes of joy and anticipation, the rushes of despair. And, finally, hope - as a new year unfolds and love steps out of the shadows. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Sadie (2018) Loren King As a portrait of adolescent angst, "Sadie" doesn't offer any new insights. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
The Things We've Seen (2017) Loren King Tre Manchester's The Things We've Seen, mixes elements of thriller, noir and melodrama, which is pretty ambitious for a film with obvious budget constraints. EDIT
Posted Apr 4, 2019
Blowin' Up (2018) Loren King The film shines a light on the rare workings of a legal system that exists to help, not punish; to advocate, not to judge; and to genuinely find a way to change the bleak lives of the mostly young, marginalized women. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
Visages, villages (2017) Loren King If "Faces Places" is indeed Varda's final film, it's an eloquent grace note to her already rich legacy. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
For Now (2017) Loren King Shot on a bare-bones budget over the course of seven days, the film's loose, improvised style has its pitfalls but mostly it works, thanks to the engaging cast. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
Isha Ovedet (2018) Loren King "Working Woman" realistically depicts the commonplace-ness of sexual harassment and, without preaching or resorting to melodrama, shows why women can't or don't simply leave their jobs or report a harasser. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
Roll Red Roll (2018) Loren King The Stubensville community has a lot to answer for, but Roll Red Roll, without being didactic, implicates by extension much of American culture in the sex shaming of women and the excusing of men, particularly boys and men of stature. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
Les garçons sauvages (2017) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas For those open this kind of cinematic queering (not only of his characters, but of film form itself), in The Wild Boys Mandico and Löwensohn more than live up to the promise of their previous short film collaborations. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
Knife + Heart (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Both vicious and joyful, nostalgic and distinctly contemporary, Knife+Heart is above all else unapologetic in the multiple excesses that mark this defiant project of queer genre filmmaking. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Starfish (2016) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Starfish is a monster film like no other; it eschews the big budget spectacle... to focus instead on a deep, symbolic introspection. It wears its low-budget indie credentials as a badge of honor as it traverses terrain as much psychological as geographic. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Loren King Melissa McCarthy is, not surprisingly, terrific in this juicy dramatic role. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
What They Had (2018) Loren King Pangs of authenticity fill Elizabeth Chomko's debut feature What They Had and with good reason. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Becoming Astrid (2018) Loren King Pernille Fischer Christensen crafts an incisive, engaging portrait of the artist as a young woman. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Capernaum (2018) Loren King Nadine Labaki's extraordinary neorealist film left me gutted, and grateful to be allowed such an emotional response. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Bird Box (2018) Loren King Sandra Bullock is terrific in Bird Box, commanding the screen and our attention in this mostly gripping, occasionally scattershot sci-fi thriller. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
What Is Democracy? (2018) Loren King Astra Taylor offers a thoughtful examination of the meaning and origins of democracy... EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Rust Creek (2018) Loren King The movie begins to shape into a nail-biter... EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Komunia (2016) Loren King Ola is unaffected, unfiltered and often angry but also optimistic even in the face of her dire circumstances which of course is what makes her so endearing and so heartbreaking. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Saint Judy (2018) Loren King The film follows formula but it's a compelling story and Monaghan's solid performance makes Wood a complex and relatable character. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Who Will Write Our History (2018) Loren King Thanks to this eloquent film, these voices have been given a wider stage to tell future generations "we were here." EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
Daughter of Mine (2018) Loren King The film unfolds with an immediacy as raw as its setting, a sprawling, hardscrabble landscape filled with animals and humans that need taming and tending. EDIT
Posted Feb 28, 2019
4.5/5 Transit (2018) Leslie Combemale Bleak but beautiful, Transit is a perfectly-timed look at ethnic cleansing, and the ever-sliding scale of each individual's perceptions of personal responsibility and moral obligation. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
2.5/5 Untogether (2018) Leslie Combemale A mixed bag, the film isn't altogether satisfying, apart from watching the actors engage themselves fully in their portrayals. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2019
30 Miles From Nowhere (1970) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas 30 Miles from Nowhere is the perfect combination of familiar, comfortable genre codes and conventions given a fun twist, resulting in thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
3/5 Touch Me Not (2018) Leslie Combemale An intentional blurring of the lines of reality, fiction, and fantasy. Confrontational, experiential storytelling that will move some, while offending or boring others. EDIT
Posted Feb 2, 2019
4.5/5 Jinn (2018) Leslie Combemale Coming-of-age drama Jinn is a beautiful meditation on the complexities of becoming whole in a world that seems to thrive on breaking the spirit of anyone seen as 'other'. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
4.5/5 Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Leslie Combemale On rare occasions, the truly bizarre and the utterly charming intersect. Dava Whisenant's directorial debut about industrial musicals shines delightful light on the subject matter. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
Level 16 (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Level 16 is an engaging, earnest and thrilling feminist fairy tale that both consciously riffs on earlier films and yet maintains an original vision without becoming clichéd or predictable. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2018
Cam (2018) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas CAM is less the conservative morality tale about contemporary sex work as a brief synopsis might suggest, but instead an engrossing, thoughtful film about the volatility of online identities ... and a powerful exploration of women, labor and sexuality EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2018
Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) Loren King It's an intimate character study that rests on the lead performance from Sarah Jessica Parker, de-glammed save for her Kim Novak platinum hair. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018
Here and Now (Blue Night) (2018) Susan Wloszczyna An open-ended but not unpleasant watch. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2018