WEEK IN WOMEN: Claire Denis’ HIGH LIFE Acquired by A24 – Brandy McDonnell reports

French filmmaker Claire Denis’ long-awaited English-language debut “High Life” is coming to theaters. A24 has acquired North American distribution rights to the Beau Travail helmer’s new sci-fi drama, which recently made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The distribution deal is reportedly in the low seven figures.

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TIFF18 Review: High Life – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

With all the spectacular SFX majesty that has dominated the representation of space across the science fiction genre, that Claire Denis’s High Life begins less fascinated with its cosmic surroundings than the ‘spectacle’ of a single working dad sets the tone in many ways for her first English-language feature.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Jamie Lee Curtis to Helm Lifetime’s HOW WE SLEEP AT NIGHT – Brandy McDonnell reports

Two-time Golden Globe winner Jamie Lee Curtis is the executive producer, director and star of How We Sleep at Night: The Sara Cunningham Story, an upcoming Lifetime telefilm adapted from Cunningham’s memoir of the same name, which chronicles her struggle as a devout Christian mother to come to terms with her son being gay.

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THE HIGH NOTE – Review by Lois Alter Mark

After seeing the trailer for the dozenth time, I admit I didn’t have high hopes for The High Note, which looked like generic rom-com-ish fluff. But, thanks to solid performances by Tracee Ellis Ross, Dakota Johnson, Kelvin Harrison, Jr. and Ice Cube, the movie rises above its genre to become truly compelling.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK January 3, 2020: SPEED OF LIFE

What if, instead of being a space oddity, the infinitely creative David Bowie was actually a time and space oddity, and his passing literally ripped a hole in the universe? That’s the intriguing premise of Liz Manashil’s charming indie dramedy Speed of Life, which centers on an avid Bowie fan named June whose life takes a very unexpected twist after Bowie’s untimely death in 2016.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Sonia Sebastian Casts Penelope Ann Miller in VIRGIN OF HIGHLAND PARK – Brandy McDonnell reports

Award-winning Spanish filmmaker Sonia Sebastian has cast Golden Globe nominee Penelope Ann Miller and Dermot Mulroney in her upcoming third feature film The Virgin of Highland Park. Co-written by Sebastian and Miguel Alcantud, the indie film follows a virgin teenager who, when she takes a physical to join the soccer team, is astounded to learn that she is pregnant.

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WEEK IN WOMEN; Julie Andrews to receive AFI Life Achievement Award – Brandy McDonnell reports

Throughout an illustrious career that spans seven decades, she has won five Golden Globes, three Grammys and two Emmys for projects infused with her incomparable charm and recognized for their ability to enthrall audiences worldwide. The critically lauded Andrews is also a Kennedy Center honoree, a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of a SAG Life Achievement Award.

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RAISE HELL: THE LIFE & TIMES OF MOLLY IVINS – Review by Martha K Baker

Really, all Janice Engel had to do was run as many old videos of the great Molly Ivins, journalist and iconoclast, to entertain her worshippers. Heaven knows, there is plenty of tape to unspool, bushels of quotes to regale, and heaps of one-liners to rehearse. But Engel does more than that in this classic biopic.

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