Sojourner

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Rating Title/Year Author
() Marcia Deihl As a woman, I give it an "A" for addressing important feminist issues. As a fortysomething person, it enhanced my feeling that I can aspire to an ever-invigorating lifetime of activism. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Regarding Henry (1991) Kathi Maio [Director Mike] Nichols is making brain damage look a little too warm and wonderful. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
The Doctor (1991) Kathi Maio [Christine Lahti] is capable of bringing great depth to any part. But how do you plumb a petri dish? EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Tune in Tomorrow... (1990) Kathi Maio Hershey captures her character's brazen insecurity well. And Mr. Reeves... is absolutely charming and surprisingly effective in the role of the innocent, romantic young Martin. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
White Palace (1990) Kathi Maio White Palace stands up as an enjoyable film, despite it's many failings, because of the sensitive and sensuous direction of Luis Madoki... and fine performances. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) Kathi Maio Not all the women who sleep with men young enough to be their sons die foi their sins, but most of them live to wish they had. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Madame Sousatzka (1988) Jo MacFarlane MacLaine gives a gutsy performance in Sousatzka. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Postcards From the Edge (1990) Kathi Maio The movie of Postcards has very little Edge left on it. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Plenty (1985) Kathi Maio After watching Plenty, I wondered what the point was, since it was obvious that [writer David] Hare meant for there to be one. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Strapless (1989) Kathi Maio The strapless gown is but another of David's Hare-brained metaphors for the lives of women. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
The Handmaid's Tale (1990) Elizabeth Pincus For a movie about an encroaching fascist regime of horrific dimensions, The Handmaid's Tale is an oddly serene piece of work. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Where the Heart Is (1990) Kathi Maio The silver screen of the '90s continues to present a world populated by the people bom with silver spoons in their mouths and the people who spoon-feed them their pumpkin pie. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Stella (1990) Kathi Maio This is convoluted classist reasoning at its worst. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Driving Miss Daisy (1989) Kathi Maio It romanticizes, rather than challenges the racial power politics it presents. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
She-Devil (1989) Kathi Maio By neutralizing the intensity of Ruth's anger, the filmmakers blow their entire plot. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Camille Claudel (1989) Elizabeth Pincus A big, wet, handsome picture, as sloppy as the mounds of clay from which the film's protagonist sculpts her twisted forms. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2019
Rich and Famous (1981) L. Fenichel and J. Kratka Director George Cukor has given us... a shallow and unsatisfying movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Cocktail Molotov (1980) L. Fenichel and J. Kratka An exhilarating experience that conveys the emotions and complexities of the '60s, yet is able to leave us much lighter of heart than when we came in. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Earth Girls Are Easy (1989) Kathi Maio It's fluff. Is it ever. But at least it's female-oriented fluff, more or less. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Shag (1988) Kathi Maio It is sweet and entertaining, but it gives us a tunnel view of its time period... Racism is ignored. So are all other prejudices. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Shirley Valentine (1989) Kathi Maio A marvelous women's film that gives us a '70s heroine instead of an '80s heroine. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Married to the Mob (1988) Kathi Maio If you're in the mood for mafia comedy with laughs and a rebellious women's viewpoint, check out Married to the Mob on tape or cable. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Cookie (1989) Kathi Maio Cookie will be a real disappointment for almost everyone. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2019
Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) Nancy Williamson The saddest part of Distant Voices/Still Lives is that we come away understanding no more than we did before about the inner workings of this and similar families. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Sugar Cane Alley (1983) Kathi Maio A treasure of a movie. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
A Dry White Season (1989) Kathi Maio I only wish that A Dry White Season were a better film, the film that [filmmaker] Euzhan Palcy is capable of making, the kind of movie she has, in fact, already made. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Little Vera (1988) Joy Holland Images and characters are pungent and complex. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Parenthood (1989) Kathi Maio The glorification of fatherhood in today's films combined with the portrayal of women in the same movies as little more than breeding machines... is a treason against active motherhood and an attack on women who choose not to have children. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Immediate Family (1989) Kathi Maio This is a movie that means to be serious and compassionate. And it is, in a way. It is also one of the most dangerously elitist films about parenting that I've seen in a long time. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Look Who's Talking (1989) Kathi Maio It would certainly be a nice change to see a modem single mom as a film hero, but Mikey, even before birth, is the hero of Look Who's Talking. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Heathers (1989) Kathi Maio Ryder brings such honesty to her high-camp role that you actually believe a kid like this could exist. And, astoundingly, you think you might actually like to meet her. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
Skin Deep (1989) Kathi Maio This is not exactly sophisticated or cerebral humor. Nor is it romantic in the least. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
See You in the Morning (1989) Kathi Maio Pakula's I'm-Okay-You're-Okay optimism sure beats the cynicism of much of what passes for romantic comedy. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Chances Are (1989) Kathi Maio By creating a sentimental time-warp, sisters Randy and Perry Howze (Mystic Pizza) managed to write a script that works as a romantic comedy, even as it stretches our credulity to the bursting point. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Beaches (1988) Kathi Maio Beaches celebrates our friendships. And it's not afraid to be schmaltzy. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Working Girl (1988) Kathi Maio Some would call that a happy ending. I'm not one of them. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Another Woman (1988) Kathi Maio Some movie-goers bewail that Woody Allen is turning his back on comedy. Comedy or tragedy, I regret the fact that he is turning his serious cinematic attentions on women. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
The Accused (1988) Kathi Maio It compares very favorably with movies like The Good Mother, in which bad girls/sexual women make their bed, of nails, and are then told they better bloody well lie in it. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
The Good Mother (1988) Kathi Maio Keaton is never completely convincing as either the "before" or "after" Anna. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Shame (1988) Kathi Maio I didn't want vengeance from Shame. But I did want women, myself included, to feel more empowered when they left the theater than when they went in. The opposite happened. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Craig's Wife (1936) Liz Galst [Director Dorothy] Arzner played her part to perfection: she added to her films "a woman's touch," while never really challenging the patriarchal stranglehold on cinema. Her 1936 film Craig's Wife bears this out well. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Entre Nous (1983) Liz Galst Then there's the ubiquitous swimming-pool scene without which, it seems, no lesbian film would be complete... Still, Diane Kurys's film is lovely, a story beautifully told, and if you haven't seen it already, you shouldn't miss it. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
Heller Wahn (1983) Liz Galst How many more accolades can I heap on [Margarethe] von Trotta, the greatest of the great German directors? EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
A Question of Silence (1982) Liz Galst This film is something else. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2019
A World Apart (1988) Pam Mitchell Has anyone ever captured that delicate tightrope walk between child and adult as poignantly and delicately as Jodhi May does in her characterization of Molly in this film? EDIT
Posted Sep 3, 2019
A World Apart (1988) Kathi Maio Admirable politics, presented in a complex and sensitive manner, is certainly reason enough to recommend A World Apart. But much of the power of this film lies in the fact that it is visually stunning. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Crossing Delancey (1988) Mara Math It's sort of about love taking an independent woman by surprise, but her "independent" life is shown to be hollow at the core. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2019
Big Business (1988) Susan Jhirad It serves as a showcase for the wonderful, if diverse, comic talents of Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
A Taxing Woman (1987) Siu Wai Anderson The gutsiness of the "taxing woman," a quick-witted Tokyo auditor-cum-mspector, gives the story some color, but the plot lacks suspense and ends too neatly. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019
Bagdad Cafe (1987) Kathi Maio With the kindliest of intentions, [Percy Adlon] has parroted the racist stereotypes of the American-made culture that informed his attitudes. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2019