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On alternating weeks, Amy will review individual films through a feminist lens.

Glenn Close may win her first Academy Award for her gripping performance in The Wife, which depicts a woman who regrets her failure to pursue her own great literary potential in deference to her husband’s success. She does not, however, abandon her own aspirations in the usual manner of staying home and tending to children […]

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Hollywood relishes portraying women in the role of wife and mother. Unsurprisingly, these women are often conflicted about the demands placed upon them and the freedom they have lost. Unhappy cinematic moms and wives go back decades. Perhaps the most celebrated of them is Mrs. Robinson from THE GRADUATE. True, Mrs. Robinson makes a false […]

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A Star Is Born is a classic story that different generations of filmmakers inevitably discover and reincarnate on the big screen. It is easy to understand why Hollywood is so drawn to this love story (and cautionary tale) of the excesses and pressures of Hollywood stardom: A struggling but talented female singer/songwriter wins the heart […]

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