Opening January 3 to 9, 2022 – 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 January 3 to 9 that are of particular interest:  

Tuesday, January 4 

  • Delicate State – Freestyle Media (VOD) – USA – Documentary written, directed by and starring Paula Rhodes. Shot over the course of their actual pregnancy, Paula and Charlie document their impending parenthood during a time of extreme political division.

Friday, January 7 

  • The 355 – Universal (Cinemas, VOD) – China / USA – Thriller directed by Simon Kinberg, co-written by Kinberg and Theresa Rebeck. When a top-secret weapon falls into mercenary hands, a wild card CIA agent joins forces with three international agents on a lethal mission to retrieve it. Starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o and Diane Kruger.

  • June Again – Samuel Goldwyn (VOD) – Australia – Drama. During a fleeting bout of lucidity from her dementia, June Wilton has precious little time to bring together her estranged children, save the family business, and rekindle an old flame.

  • The Kindred – Vertical Entertainment (Cinemas, VOD) – UK – Thriller starring Samantha Bond. A woman suffering from amnesia pieces together the events that led to her father’s suicide, only to be haunted by the ghosts of children that she begins to suspect were murdered by him.

  • King Car – Dark Star Pictures (Cinemas) – Brazil – Sci-fi co-written and directed by Renata Pinheiro. A taxi company owner’s son has an extraordinary connection with cars: he can talk to them. Together with his uncle, he converts the old cars into futuristic vehicles that are conscious and speak.

  • The Legend of La Llorona – Saban Films (Cinemas, VOD) – Canada / Mexico – Horror film directed by Patricia Harris Seeley, starring Autumn Reeser, Danny Trejo and Antonio Cupo. While vacationing in Mexico, a couple discovers their son’s disappearance is tied to a supernatural curse.

  • See for Me – IFC Midnight (Cinemas, VOD) – Canada – Thriller starring Skyler Davenport. When blind former skier Sophie cat-sits in a secluded mansion, three thieves invade the home. Sophie’s only defense is army veteran Kelly who helps defend her against the invaders and survive.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Stay tuned in for next week’s releases! Contact us if we’ve overlooked anything. 0 Flares Twitter 0 Facebook 0 0 Flares ×

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.