Radium Girls tells a story of radical courage

Radium Girls is based on a true story about young women who worked painting radium based paint on watches and clocks in the 1920s. Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler, the film details a fight to get safe working conditions and help for the women who were sickened by the radium. The film is on Netflix.

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Sir, a story of tragic and archaic class systems

Sir is an Indian film about a house maid and the rich man she works for. Set in modern day Mumbai, it shows how ancient prejudices and caste barriers still control lives and love. Netflix has the film.

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The Sunlit Night comes in only yellow

The Sunlit Night tells the story of Frances (Jenny Slate). Her painting career is going badly. Her parents are divorcing. Her boyfriend dumped her. The logical choice is to go to Norway to help a famous artist paint a barn using only the color yellow. This 2019 film is streaming on Hulu.

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Pieces of a Woman feels unbearably real

Pieces of a Woman tells the story of a parent’s worst nightmare. Vanessa Kirby plays a woman whose child dies just minutes after being born. Everyone in the film deals with the grief in their own way, but Kirby’s Martha is so real in her agony that it’s painful to sit with her for the 2 hours of the film.

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Herself tells an Irish story of strength and courage

Herself is the story of an abused wife and mother who searches for a way to take care of her two children on her own. This Irish drama was directed by Phyllida Lloyd. It’s streaming on Prime Video.

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Hope Gap stars a brilliant Annette Bening

Hope Gap tells of the breakup of a 29 year marriage. The script is an ear wowing flow of rhythm and poetry. Annette Bening as the wife, Grace, does an amazing job delivering on the poetry and pain of the story – she’s simply brilliant. You can see Hope Gap on Prime Video.

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The High Note definitely sparks joy

The High Note tells the warm and inspiring story of Maggie (Dakota Johnson), an aspiring music producer. Maggie works as a personal assistant for the pop diva Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross).

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Alaska is a Drag. Watch this queen bust a move

Alaska is a Drag is the kind of independent film I look for. It tells a particular story about a unique character in a unique situation. It shows a world and a life that we’ve never seen before in a film. And, it was written and directed by a woman, Shaz Bennett. You can see it on Netflix.

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always is Unflinchingly Realistic

Never Rarely Sometimes Always shows in powerful detail how a 17 year old girl from Pennsylvania manages to travel to New York City for an abortion. The film is as real and difficult as the journey was. You can watch it on HBO Max.

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Wonder Woman 1984 Didn’t Make Me Sing with Joy

Wonder Woman 1984 was a terrific superhero blockbuster extravaganza. But it did not leave me bursting with enthusiasm the way the 2017 film did. I was so wound up by the earlier film I wrote 3 lengthy posts about how great it was. I won’t have that much to say this time.

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