Women Writers Week 2019 on Rogerebert.com

Posted on March 6, 2019 at 9:54 pm

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I love the annual Women Writers Week on rogerebert.com and this year’s is especially dear to my heart because it is my first as an assistant editor. From my welcome/introduction:

We do not pretend that women have more empathy or indeed that it is possible to make any generalization about gender with one exception: every one of us has walked through the world as a woman and that is an experience only we can understand and reflect in our take on the films we write about. It may be less important in what we bring than our own particular points of view based on our individual experiences—whether we are old or young, hetero-normative or LGBQTIA, partnered or single, mothers or childless, baby boomers, Gen-Xers, or millennials, from the city or the country, from the US or international, white or a woman of color, whatever our level of education or amount of money, whether we are fans of Korean horror movies or anime or multiplex fodder or quirky indies, all of those elements are reflected in our writing, as they are for the male critics. But all of us understand what it is to live in a culture that has always been dominated by another gender, and review films that come out of a system that has been even more so.

This week, with every word on the site written by women, our readers of any gender will see the fabulous range of talent, insight, and perspectives of our female contributors. If you look closely, you may see something else—a consistent perception by writers who are at least in part outsiders to the stories overwhelmingly told by men. Sharing their perspectives creates an empathy machine of our own.

Some of my favorite past work is featured on the site, including my essay about Nora Ephron.

And there is some superb new content, including a “Captain Marvel” video interview, Carrie Rickey connecting golden age of Hollywood directors George Cukor and Mitchell Leisen to “Black Panther’s” Ryan Coogler for their sympathetic and nuanced portrayals of female characters, and a piece on “Killing Eve” by Kristy Puchko.

The table of contents.

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Happy Halloween! Rogerebert.com Critics Recommend Scary Movies You Might Have Missed

Posted on October 31, 2018 at 12:44 pm

Rogerebert.com critics list their favorite underrated scary movies for Halloween. Check them out, especially my choice, Coherence.

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For Your Netflix Queue Neglected gem

Like Father

Posted on August 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm

B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Profanity: Strong language
Alcohol/ Drugs: Drinking and drunkenness including drinking to deal with stress and to bond
Violence/ Scariness: References to illness and sad deaths
Diversity Issues: None
Date Released to Theaters: August 3, 2018
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My review of “Like Father,” the new Netflix film with Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer, is on rogerebert.com.

Bell and Grammer are consummate pros. They cannot make this material surprising, believable, or even particularly moving, but they do their considerable best to hold our attention and are always watchable. Their scenes together are high points, even when the big speeches are thinly conceived. If the discussions about whether Rachel really needs to be on her phone at a gorgeous secluded waterfall and whether Harry has really confessed everything Rachel should know get tedious, the evident enjoyment that Bell and Grammer have in being together, especially in their silly karaoke number, make us happy to come sail away with them for a little while.

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Rogerebert.com’s New Gender-Balanced Critics Line-Up

Posted on August 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

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I’m thrilled to announce that I am  joining Rogerebert.com as its first female Assistant Editor, and will be contributing reviews regularly to its newly gender-balanced roster of critics.  I am deeply grateful to Editor in Chief Chaz Ebert and to Matt Zoller Seitz, Brian Tellerico, Matt Fagerholm, and Nick Allen for giving me this opportunity.  It was reading Roger Ebert’s reviews in the Chicago Sun-Times that first made me want to be a movie critic and his support for my work meant the world to me. Rogerebert.com is the finest movie site on the Web and I am thrilled to be able to contribute to it.

My other reviews and features will continue to be published at moviemom.com and I’ll continue to add links here for the pieces I do for rogerebert.com, thecredits.org, medium.com and others.

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Women on Women: Emma Piper-Burket Shows Us A Woman’s Life Through Women’s Eyes

Posted on March 30, 2018 at 8:41 am

For rogerebert.com’s Women Writers Week, filmmaker Emma Piper-Burket assembled an extraordinary compilation, the life of a woman as seen by female directors.

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