Opening September 6 to 12, 2021- Margaret Barton-Fumo reports

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists highlights movies made by and about women. With a vigilant eye toward current releases, we maintain an interactive record of films that are pertinent to our interests. Be they female-made or female-centric productions, they are films that represent a wide range of women’s stories and present complex female characters. As such, they are movies that will most likely be reviewed on and will qualify for consideration for our annual EDA Awards, celebrating exceptional women working in film behind and in front of the camera. Our members are feature writers, columnists and regular contributors to a variety of media outlets and many of us publish regularly on the festival circuit. Our critical voices are widespread and diverse. We invite you to join us in tracking weekly releases of particular interest. And we welcome information about new films that will help us to keep our records updated and our critics alert. Below is a concise list of new releases set for the week of September 6 to 12 that are of particular interest:  

Tuesday, September 7  

  • Witches of Blackwood – October Coast (VOD) – Australia – A supernatural thriller with a witchy theme, directed by Kate Whitbread and starring Cassandra Magrath.

Thursday, September 9 

  • Martyrs Lane – Shudder – UK – Horror film written and directed by Ruth Platt. 10-year-old Leah lives in a large vicarage, full of lost souls and the needy. In the day the house is bustling with people; at night it is dark and empty, except for a small visitor.

  • Time Is Up – RAI (Cinemas) – Italy – Drama co-written and directed by Elisa Amoruso, starring Bella Thorne. An accident will force Vivien and Royan to come to a stop and reclaim their lives, one minute at the time, and finally start living in the present. VOD release Sept. 24.

Friday, September 10 

  • Bad Candy – Epic Pictures (Cinemas) – USA – Horror film co-written and directed by Scott B. Hansen and Desiree Connell. On Halloween night in New Salem, Radio DJs Chilly Billy and Paul tell a twisted anthology of terrifying local myths that lead to a grim end for small-town residents. VOD release Sept. 14.

  • Fauci – Magnolia Pictures / National Geographic (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary co-directed by John Hoffman and Janet Tobias. A glimpse into infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci who has led the U.S. fight against every epidemic the country has faced from AIDS to SARS to Ebola, and the ongoing COVID-19.

  • Language Lessons – Shout! Studios (Cinemas) – USA – Drama directed by Natalie Morales; co-written by and co-starring Morales and Mark Duplass as a Spanish teacher and her student who develop an unexpected friendship.

  • The Wonderful: Stories from the Space Station – Universal Pictures (Cinemas in NY & LA) – USA – Documentary directed by Clare Lewins. Astronauts recount their experiences aboard the International Space Station. VOD release Sept. 17.

Sunday, September 12

  • Kate – Netflix – USA – Action film starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as a female assassin who has 24 hours to exact vengeance on her murderer before she dies.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews. Stay tuned in for next week’s releases! Contact us if we’ve overlooked anything.

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Margaret Barton-Fumo

Based in New York, Margaret Barton-Fumo has contributed to Film Comment since 2006. Her monthly online column, “Deep Cuts,” focused on the intersection of film and music. She has interviewed such directors, actors, and musicians as Brian De Palma, James Gray, Harry Dean Stanton, and Paul Williams, and has additionally contributed to Senses of Cinema and Stop Smiling. She is the editor of Paul Verhoeven: Interviews, published by the University Press of Mississippi.