A few months ago, I chatted with a newly pregnant friend over ice cream. Eventually, after we exhausted the areas of the politics of maternity leave and the excitement of decorating her baby’s room, our conversation turned to reproductive choice. Specifically, we talked about her decision to terminate her pregnancy if she and her husband learned that the fetus had developed a major chromosomal abnormality that would drastically decrease its chances for a viable, healthy life. Although both she and the baby were currently healthy, and tests proved that the likelihood of such abnormalities was negligible, she and her husband chose to keep the option of abortion on the table, in case they truly needed it later in the pregnancy. “I want to be a mother,” she told me, “but I want my child to have the best possible chance at life.”
I am relieved that, for my friend’s sake, this is probably not a choice on which she will need to act. In all likelihood, her baby will be healthy and safe. But in case a difficult decision needs to be made, it is critical that such options exist for parents to consider. I thought about our conversation when I saw Martha Shane and Lana Wilson’s new documentary, “After Tiller,” an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Like my friend, the majority of the women featured in are women who want to be mothers. They want to have healthy, happy children, and they want to provide their children with the best lives possible. Yet, when faced with the reality that their babies will not have the lives for which they planned, the mothers choose the option that they believe will demonstrate the greatest display of love and dignity. “After Tiller” shares these stories through the perspectives of the mothers seeking third-trimester abortions and the doctors providing them. Keep reading »
Princesses are so hot right now, what with their pretty hair and pretty clothes and … um …. that’s it. Unfortunately, Warner Brothers couldn’t think of much else to tease about Princess Grace — otherwise known as the actress Grace Kelly — in the trailer for their forthcoming biopic, “Grace Of Monaco.” Grace Kelly won an Academy Award in her early 20s and appeared in several of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous films, including “Rear Window,” “Dial M For Murder” and “To Catch A Thief.” Yet after a brief courtship, she quit acting at age 26 to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco (an elaborate celebration, called “the Wedding of the Century” of its time) and become a full-time princess and international style icon. She popped out three kids but saw her acting career wilt, as her husband and the people of Monaco didn’t would not support it. Maybe “Grace Of Monaco” will touch upon some of this, but in the trailer we only see Grace, played by Nicole Kidman, looking pretty here and looking pretty there. Here’s hoping the actual movie has some meat on its bones, like “The Iron Lady,” “My Week With Marilyn,” and “The Queen.” [YouTube]
I’m not gonna lie to you guys—this week’s movie offerings are slender. But maybe that’s a good thing since you probably need time to catch up on all the Oscar contenders anyway. Still—if you like hitmen, exorcisms, college hookups, or shopping malls, you might find something to your taste arriving in theaters this weekend. The details after the jump. Keep reading »
In the midst of awards season, you would think that the movies coming out now would be palate cleansers—lightweight feel-good movies that aren’t necessarily vying for recognition. But some of this week’s movies, the foreign ones in particular, are totally killing it. So get thee to an indie theater and shake off some of that Hollywood-hating mojo that’s been going around! Catch this week’s new movies after the jump. Keep reading »
I know a movie wouldn’t be interesting if it was about a marriage where neither part wanted to cheat on the other, but what’s with the movies this week? They’re all about sordid people doing their sordid deeds, seemingly unaware of the destruction they bring to their loved ones. I guess this is how Hollywood plans on warming us up for Valentine’s Day? After the jump, this week’s new movies.
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It’s a whole new year in the movie theater and I wish I could say that we’re starting it off with a bang, but unfortunately the biggest movie hitting the screens this week is “Season of the Witch.” Fortunately for you, there are some great looking indie flicks and a bunch of super awesome movies from the holiday season that are still out! Whatever, it’s not like you need an excuse for sitting on your butt and eating popcorn. Keep reading »