Opening February 21- 27, 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 AWFJ.org 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 February 21 to 27 that are of particular interest:  

Tuesday, February 22 

  • France – Kino Lorber (VOD) – France / Germany / Italy / Belgium – Drama written and directed by Bruno Dumont, starring Léa Seydoux. A celebrity journalist, juggling her busy career and personal life, has her life overturned by a freak car accident.

Thursday, February 24 

  • Hellbender – Shudder – USA – Horror co-written, co-directed by and starring the filmmaking family of John Adams, Toby Poser and Zelda Adams. A lonely teen discovers her family’s ties to witchcraft.

Friday, February 25 

  • Cyrano – United Artists Releasing (Cinemas) – UK / USA / Canada – Adaptation of the Edmond Rostand play directed by Joe Wright and written by Erica Schmidt. Too self-conscious to woo Roxanne himself, wordsmith Cyrano de Bergerac helps young Christian nab her heart through love letters. Starring Peter Dinklage.
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  • The Desperate Hour – Roadside Attractions / Vertical Entertainment (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Thriller directed by Phillip Noyce, starring Naomi Watts. A mother desperately races against time to save her child as authorities place her small town on lockdown.
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  • Family Squares – Screen Media Films (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Drama co-written and directed by Stephanie Laing about a family matriarch who wants to reunite her family before she passes. Starring Ann Dowd, Judy Greer and Margo Martindale.
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  • I’ll Find You – Gravitas Ventures (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Drama directed by Martha Coolidge (Valley Girl, Rambling Rose). A young couple – Robert, a catholic opera singer and Rachel, a Jewish violinist, dream of one day performing together at Carnegie Hall. When they’re torn apart by the German invasion of Poland, Robert vows to find Rachel, no matter what.
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  • The Last Mark – Epic Pictures (Cinemas) – Canada – Thriller directed by Reem Morsi, written by Cheryl Meyer. After a young woman witnesses a mob hit, a seasoned assassin and his psychotic partner must track her down before she turns them in, but she proves to be the hardest mark to kill.
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  • Let Me Be Me – Greenwich Entertainment (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary co-directed by Dan Crane and Katie Taber. A family connects to their autistic son through a radical treatment program.
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  • My Best Part – Altered Innocence (Cinemas in NY & LA) – France – Drama co-written by Maud Ameline, Sophie Fillières and director Nicolas Maury. Starring Maury, Nathalie Baye and Arnaud Valois. Jeremie, a young man at his breaking point, leaves Paris to return to his intrusive mother in Limosin.
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  • Studio 666 – Open Road Films (Cinemas) – USA – Musical comedy co-written by Jeff Buhler and Rebecca Hughes. Legendary rock band Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Stay tuned in for next week’s releases! Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews. 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.