Opening March 12 to 19, 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 March 14 to 20 that are of particular interest:  

Tuesday, March 15 

  • Phoenix Rising – HBO – USA – Two-part series directed by Amy Berg. Actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood takes her experience as a survivor of domestic violence to pursue justice, heal generational trauma, and reclaim her story in a culture that instinctively blames women.

Thursday, March 17 

  • Deadly Cuts – Level 33 Entertainment / Myriad Pictures (Cinemas) – Ireland – Comedy written and directed by Rachel Carey set in a working-class Dublin hair salon where the stylists become accidental vigilantes as they take on the gang members and gentrifiers threatening their community.
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  • Rescued by Ruby – Netflix – USA – Family film directed by Katt Shea (Stripped to Kill, Poison Ivy), written by Karen Janszen. Chasing his dream to join an elite K-9 unit, a state trooper partners with a fellow underdog: clever but naughty shelter pup Ruby.

Friday, March 18 

  • Alice – Vertical Entertainment / Roadside Attractions (Cinemas) – USA – Drama written and directed by Krystin Ver Linden, starring Keke Palmer, Common and Jonny Lee Miller. A slave in the antebellum South who escapes from her secluded plantation only to discover a shocking reality that lies beyond the tree line.
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  • Black Crab – Netflix – Sweden – Action film starring Noomi Rapace. In a post-apocalyptic world, six soldiers on a covert mission must transport a mysterious package across a frozen archipelago.
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  • Cheaper by the Dozen – Disney+ – USA – Comedy remake directed by Gail Lerner, starring Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff. The raucous exploits of a blended family of 12, the Bakers, as they navigate a hectic home life while simultaneously managing their family business.
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  • Deep Water – Hulu – USA / Australia – Erotic Thriller / adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel. Directed by Adrian Lyne, starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas. A well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid a divorce becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.
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  • The Hater – Vertical Entertainment (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Comedy written, directed by and starring Joey Ally as Dorothy, a liberal environmentalist speechwriter who loses her job for a protest gone wrong.
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  • Jane By Charlotte – Utopia (Cinemas) – France / UK / Japan – Documentary written and directed by Charlotte Gainsbourg about her mother, Jane Birkin.
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  • Love After Love – Mubi / Golden Scene (Mubi Streaming Premiere) – China – Drama directed by Ann Hui, written by Eileen Chang and Anyi Wang. The film tells the story of a young girl who travels from Shanghai to Hong Kong in pursuit of education, but ends up working for her aunt, seducing rich and powerful men.
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  • Master – (Cinemas, Amazon Prime) – USA – Thriller written and directed by Mariama Diallo, starring Regina Hall and Zoe Renee. Two African American women begin to share disturbing experiences at a predominantly white college in New England.
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  • Measure of Revenge – Vertical Entertainment (Cinemas, VOD) – Thriller starring Bella Thorne, Melissa Leo and Jake Weary. A New York stage actress enters the murky underground rock scene to investigate what she believes to be the suspicious death of her rock star son.
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  • More Than Robots – Disney+ – USA – Documentary directed by Gillian Jacobs. Four teams of teenagers from around the world prepare for the 2020 First Robotics Competition, but in a year like no other, the kids learn that there is more to the competition than just robots.
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  • Umma – (Cinemas) – USA – Horror written and directed by Iris K. Shim, starring Dermot Mulroney, Sandra Oh and Odeya Rush. Amanda and her daughter live a quiet life on an American farm, but when the remains of her estranged mother arrive from Korea, Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother.

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.