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, Brandy McDonnell, Carla Renata, Carol Cling, Cate Marquis, Courtney Howard, Diane Carson, Jen Yamato, Joanna Langfield, Leslie Combemale, Loren King, Maitland McDonagh, MaryAnn Johanson, Nikki Baughan, Roxana Hadadi, Sandie Angulo Chen, Sarah Knight Adamson, Sarah Ward, Sherin Nicole, Susan Granger, Susan Wloszczyna
Rating Title/Year Author
2.5/5 The Mauritanian (2021) Leslie Combemale When we reach the end of The Mauritanian's 129 minutes, the only reason the story will still matter to viewers is Rahim's mesmerizing performance. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2021
Identifying Features (2020) Susan Wloszczyna [Director Fernanda Valadez] has delivered a harrowing drama about the migration crisis at the U.S. southern border that is far more intimate and poignant as it focuses the lives of people looking for a better life and the danger involved in doing so. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
One Night in Miami (2020) Susan Wloszczyna There is fun to be had with this charismatic foursome as they sneak liquor inside the cramped room, tease each other about their relationships with ladies, and debate Bob Dylan's songbook while sharing scoops of vanilla ice cream. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Us Kids (2020) Loren King Us Kids is a compelling story of several ordinary but remarkable young people who refuse to be victims and of their incessant efforts to reclaim democracy. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Antigone (2019) Loren King [Director Sophie] Deraspe has made a film that it is immediate, visceral and vibrant, one that's worthy of its title and lineage. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Promising Young Woman (2020) Susan Wloszczyna Thanks to the wickedly fertile mind of British actress, author, screenwriter and debut director Emerald Fennell... Mulligan gets to assuredly inhabit a character that was once was a sexy staple of such '40s classic movies as The Maltese Falcon. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Modern Persuasion (2020) Loren King There's no cliche left unturned except the heartbroken heroine gorging on a carton of ice cream. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
One Night in Miami (2020) Loren King Regina King is such a brilliant actor that it's not surprising she works wonders with the stellar male ensemble in her directing debut, One Night in Miami. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2020
Ammonite (2020) Loren King Beautifully nuanced performances from Ronan and, especially, Winslet. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
Farewell Amor (2020) Loren King One of the most realistic and insightful works of art about the immigrant experience, Ekwa Msangi's beautifully shot and acted Farewell Amor is a revelation. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
Nasrin (2020) Loren King Nasrin is a moving portrait of an unforgettable fighter and a vital film that should be seen by audiences around the globe. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
Climate of the Hunter (2019) Brandy McDonnell The visuals are so unexpectedly striking that the movie holds the viewer in a peculiar thrall. And it keeps you guessing for the entire 90-minute run time. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2020
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Sarah Ward Scream, Queen! is slickly, formulaically produced, with viewers immediately able to spot the standard film-centric documentary template at work - but like Freddy's Revenge, it delivers far more than its audience might expect. EDIT
Posted Dec 22, 2020
Modern Persuasion (2020) Betsy Bozdech Modern Persuasion is sweet and charming enough to please anyone who relishes a good comedy of manners with a side of swoon-worthy romance. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2020
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Susan Wloszczyna Davis more than deserves her first lead actress Oscar nomination for her knock-out performance. But it is Bosman's nervy and brave performance that will linger on your mind. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Modern Persuasion (2020) Susan Wloszczyna Manages to blend the author's Regency-era vision with such Millennial fixations as social media, romantic hook-ups and party-hardy attitudes with a 21st-Century version of working gal tropes. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2020
Wild Mountain Thyme (2020) Susan Wloszczyna Fans of Dornan and Blunt might get some satisfaction in seeing them share the screen. But perhaps some Guinness might make it go down better. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Farewell Amor (2020) Susan Wloszczyna Farewell Amor is an intimate soap opera blessed with an engaging small cast and an intriguing premise. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2020
Coded Bias (2020) Susan Wloszczyna Paranoia strikes deep in director Shalini Kantayya's Coded Bias, which brings to light how tech companies use of facial recognition that is built upon an algorithm that is inherently racist and biased against females. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2020
Honeydew (2020) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Reviving the spirit of '70s North American rural horror while very much still feeling like a film tapped into out contemporary moment, Honeydew is one of the wildest, weirdest horror films of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2020
They Reach (2020) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas They Reach is fun, warm and sincere, and at the end of the day - in this appalling year especially - that feels like it is more than enough to mark it as a success. EDIT
Posted Dec 5, 2020
Luxor (2020) Susan Wloszczyna London-born Arab writer-director Zeina Durra's Luxor is sort of a meditative throwback to the '60s era of art-house cinema when movies were allowed to not always fill in the plot blanks for audiences. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2020
Ammonite (2020) Susan Wloszczyna Does the script deserve the liberties it takes? Mostly, yes. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
Dirty God (2019) Carol Cling Knight... delivers a fiercely compelling performance, giving Dirty God an intensity and insight it might otherwise lack. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2020
4/5 Coded Bias (2020) Leslie Combemale Smile, you're on covert camera. Coded Bias offers lots of valuable information about just how important it is to get engaged right now in how AI is implemented in our society. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
3.5/5 Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack (2019) Leslie Combemale Interested in seeing the experience of a woman breaking the artistic glass ceiling first hand? You'll find the film compelling, since you'll hear it all directly from Audrey herself. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
3.5/5 Freaky (2020) Leslie Combemale Freaky is another entry in the 'awakened horror storylines' category, with more fleshed-out female characters showing power, and more diverse casting, but this one definitely works. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2020
Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Susan Wloszczyna I am putting myself on the line by predicting that long over-do Close might finally win an Oscar on her eighth try. EDIT
Posted Nov 12, 2020
Proxima (2019) Susan Wloszczyna Proxima initially was released in French theaters last year. But somehow it seems even more relatable during the coronavirus pandemic as we must socially distance from loved ones and disconnect from many of our regular routines. EDIT
Posted Nov 6, 2020
Us Kids (2020) Susan Wloszczyna Snyder allows us to experience the conflicting emotions and traumas as these teens take matters into their own hands, both by protesting in the streets but also by having each other's backs. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2020
Dark Place (2019) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas But these are stories we can experience in a range of ways - from comedy to gore to revenge tales - and the power of Dark Place is how intuitively it employs the pleasures of horror to pack a lasting punch. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
5/5 Nomadland (2020) Leslie Combemale One of Frances McDormand's best, which is saying something. Director Zhao balances sadness and beauty in this story, with actors and non-actors, in which every frame feels true. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020
3/5 Rebecca (2020) Leslie Combemale If you thought Larry Olivier woefully miscast in the original, you'll love Armie Hammer, as well as director Wheatley's more passionate take on Daphne Du Maurier's gothic classic. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020
3/5 Blithe Spirit (2020) Leslie Combemale This remake of Noel Coward's frothy dark comedy offers an over-the-top Dan Stevens, visual eye candy, and likely just the right amount of ghostly haunts for those with pandemic fatigue. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020
4.5/5 On the Rocks (2020) Leslie Combemale This nutty father/daughter adventure gets at the heart of complicated relationships between adults and their parents, and does so with great aplomb. EDIT
Posted Oct 24, 2020
Yellow Rose (2019) Loren King The film beautifully captures the struggles of a young woman to find her voice and a sense of belonging in an often hostile world as it celebrates the joy of making music and its power to provide hope. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
On the Rocks (2020) Susan Wloszczyna Ultimately, On the Rocks is a trifle of a boondoggle that is lucky to at least have a cast that can somewhat mask the fact that there's not much there. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
Yellow Rose (2019) Susan Wloszczyna In a time when compassion for others can be in short supply, Yellow Rose offers a semi-sweet bouquet of uplifting human emotions. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
Misbehaviour (2020) Susan Wloszczyna The good news is that its cast is packed (maybe too packed) with talented ladies who are capable of selling their characters, even if the script is too afraid to fully flesh most of them out . EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
Kajillionaire (2020) Susan Wloszczyna Winger and Jenkins should be applauded for sinking themselves into these unlikable on-the-make characters... But the beating heart of the tale that will keep you watching is a wonderfully deadpan Wood. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2020
An Old Lady (0000) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas An Old Lady tells us something we don't really want to hear in a way that makes us forget why we refused to listen for so long. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
True Mothers (2020) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas True Mothers is a sensitive, thoughtful exploration of a subject that far too often collapses into melodramatic pastiche. EDIT
Posted Sep 22, 2020
Blackbird (2019) Susan Wloszczyna The only thing keeping this often trite melodrama afloat is its dream ensemble. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
Nomadland (2020) Susan Wloszczyna The two-time Oscar-winning best-actress... is at the top of her game in filmmaker Chloe Zhao's Nomadland. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2020
Shadow in the Cloud (2020) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Shadow in the Cloud is a satisfying genre ride that barrels along at a cracking pace, never sacrificing its thrills for her unwavering focus on gender politics, power, abuse and the perils of being a woman in a male-dominated workplace. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Quo Vadis, Aida? is a devastating, urgent and brilliant film about the Srebrenica genocide, immersing us deeply in a world of bureaucratic chaos where the human cost of a complete administrative failure is made explicit. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Enemies of the State (2020) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Enemies of the State is a confidently executed documentary that voices a fundamental lack of confidence in the very concept of the 'truth' itself when it comes to human beings, their strengths, their passions and their very real darknesses. EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2020
Violation (2020) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Violation is the best film of the year, and demands we rethink questions of consent, virtue, subjectivity and the fantasy of justice to a degree that we are very rarely encouraged to. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
Shiva Baby (2020) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas As simple in its set-up as it is complex in its interpersonal dynamics and the execution of its masterclass-level comedy, with her debut feature it is clear that for Seligman this is just the beginning of a promising filmmaking career. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020
Preparations to be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2021) Alexandra Heller-Nicholas Lili Horvát grants her protagonist the right to her unusual circumstances and allows her the dignity of figuring it out herself. It aggressively rejects generic norms and expectations and is all the more enigmatic and authentic for it. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2020