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New Film Megan Leavey Focuses on Dog Not Iraqis

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM – A new war-themed film just out in theaters repeats the tired trope of memorializing the heroism of US soldiers over the victims of war, except that in the case of Megan Leavey, a female soldier in Iraq is at the center along with her relationship to a dog named Rex. The…

Wonder Woman Review: Does It Stand Up To the Hype?

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM – After decades of male-centered superhero movies, Hollywood has finally managed to release a female-centered one, and none other than the hero who has inspired countless girls and women for generations: Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman has returned to the big screen many decades after Lynda Carter first portrayed the feminist icon on…

The Handmaid’s Tale TV Show Highlights Current Political Fears

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM – It is not often that a fictional book written many years ago becomes a prescient story for our current times. George Orwell’s 1984 is one such book. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is another. Now, the online streaming service Hulu has produced a much-publicized televised version of The Handmaid’s Tale starring…

‘The Promise’ Brings Alive Saga of the Armenian Genocide

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM – Just in time for the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide, a new film is hitting theaters called The Promise. The film stars Oscar Isaac as an Armenian medical student, Charlotte Le Bon as an Armenian-born French woman, and Christian Bale as an American journalist. A love triangle between the three…

Super Bowl Ads and Halftime Show Focus on Diversity and Immigration

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM – It was a telling moment in the US when the Superbowl’s highly-anticipated advertisements were considered political simply for focusing on immigration, racial diversity, and women’s rights. In the context of our current political climate where Donald Trump is forcing through unpopular policies that demonize non-white males, simply showcasing the diverse beauty…

Pablo Larraín’s Biopic ‘Jackie’ Comes Ahead of Trump Inauguration

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM – Coming just months before the White House will house one of the most unconventional First Ladies in US history, Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín has released a new feature film called simply Jackie. In it, Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman portrays the life of Jacqueline Kennedy in the days after her husband’s…

Aptly Named Film ‘Loving’ Reminds Nation Of What Is Important

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM – Just days before the general election, a new feature film by director Jeff Nichols focused on a somewhat forgotten moment in American history that seems more relevant now than ever before. ‘Loving,’ named for Richard and Mildred Loving, is the story of a rural Virginia couple who wanted to be allowed…

Disney’s ‘Queen of Katwe’ Defies Some Stereotypes, Reinforces Others

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM – Those of us tired of watching Disney movies that focus on lily white characters, real or animated, may be excited about the major studio’s latest release, Queen of Katwe starring Academy award winning Lupita N’yongo and Oscar nominee David Oyewolo. It may be Disney’s first time throwing its weight behind an…

Will Hollywood Get Cuba Right? Reviews of Two Very Different Films

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM – The warming of relations between the United States and Cuba means that for the first time in decades, Americans are going to have the opportunity to visit the island nation. In addition to celebrities like the Kardashians visiting, filmmakers are flocking to Cuba. Two new films, both by non-Cubans, have recently…

New Jungle Book Film Revives Kipling’s Racist Work

FEATURING STEPHANIE ABRAHAM – Disney’s new film The Jungle Book is drawing rave reviews for its computer generated graphics and realistic looking animal characters. The storyline, if you’re not familiar with it, is that a baby boy is abandoned in the jungles of India and raised by a panther, a bear, and other animals. The…

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