AWFJ highlights films made by and about women:
Friday, October 2
- Adventures of Power – Variance Films limited, NY
- A Beautiful Life – New Films International limited NY – Writer Wendy Hammond adapted her stage play for the screen in “A Beautiful Life,” which opens only in New York. The drama featuring Debi Mazar, Dana Delaney, Bai Ling and Angela Sarafyan in leading roles, is about a female teen who runs away from her family and forms some unusual friendships.
- Whip It – Fox Searchlight, 111 mins. – Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut “Whip It” stars Ellen Page as a rebellious Texas teenager who rejects the refined realm of beauty pageants and skates and takes on the rough-and-tumble of roller derby. Co-stars Juliette Lewis and Kristen Wiig play butt-kicking teammates and Marcia Gay Hardin rounds out the strong female cast as mom. Shauna Cross wrote this sports-action-dramedy.
- St. Trinian’s – NeoClassics Films, 97 mins., limited – Pushed back from its original September release, “St. Trinian’s” is a girls’ school comedy in which an unorthodox headmistress and her unconventional students come up with creative fast-cash schemes to keep their beloved but bankrupt school open. They also thwart bureaucratic efforts to change its liberal ambience. Mischa Barton stars.
- Zombieland – Columbia Pictures – “Zombieland,” a hilariously funny shock-and-horror spoof. It includes fabulously feisty performances by Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin, playing sisters whose wiles and undying loyalty to each other give them a leg up on the undead as well as on their co-stars, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson.
- Capitalism: A Love Story – Overture Films, 120 mins., opens wide
- The Invention of Lying – Warner Bros, 100 mins.
- More Than a Game – Lionsgate, 105 mins.
- A Serious Man – Focus Features, 105 mins., limited
- Toy Story & Toy Story 2 in 3D – Walt Disney Pictures, 81 mins. & 92 mins, rerelease as double bill in select theaters.