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Screener Squad: Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It" Movie Review


To quote Joan Crawford: “Let’s show them how a legend makes an entrance.” And what a legend we get to examine in the new documentary, “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It”. The film spotlights the titular ubiquitous show biz staple and chronicles her career from the early days as an MGM contract player to the EGOT winner of today who refuses to slow down. But the documentary goes beyond her film and tv highlights to showcase the woman Moreno became through her years battling typecasting and sexism as well as her emergence as a social activist and a pioneering heroine for many Latino performers. Join Frank, Harmoni and Lewayne as they gush over this winning tribute to a remarkable woman.

**This review is available in a longer, uncut, video version for TIME LORD subscribers and above right here**


DIRECTED BY: Mariem Pérez Riera

STARRING: Rita Moreno, Eva Longoria, George Chakiris, Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Héctor Elizondo, Karen Olivo, Justina Machado, Sonia Manzano, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mitzi Gaynor, Chita Rivera, Morgan Freeman, Norman Lear, Terrence McNally, Whoopi Goldberg




Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)

Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!



Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.




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