Opening March 20 to 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 March 21 to 24 that are of particular interest. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews.
 

Friday, March 25 

  • Everything Everywhere All At Once – A24 (Cinemas) – USA – Action-comedy starring Michelle Yeoh in multiple roles. An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.
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  • Infinite Storm – Sony / Bleecker Street Media (Cinemas) – UK / Poland / Austria – Drama directed by Malgorzata Szumowska with Michal Englert following one woman’s journey for self-discovery that turns into a harrowing tale of survival. Starring Naomi Watts and Denis O’Hare.
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  • The Lost City – Paramount (Cinemas) – USA – Action-comedy co-written by Dana Fox with four men, starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum. A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.
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  • So Cold the River – Saban Films (Cinemas; VOD release March 29) – USA – Horror film starring Bethany Joy Lenz, Alysia Reiner and Katie Sarife. A documentary filmmaker’s research on a town’s mysterious benefactor unearths an unexplained evil while staying at a local resort.
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  • Superior – Factory 25 (Cinemas) – USA – Drama directed by Erin Vassilopoulos, co-written by Vassilopoulos and lead actress Alessandra Mesa. On the run, Marian returns to her hometown to hide out with her identical twin sister, Vivian, altering the trajectory of both their lives.
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  • Surviving Sex Trafficking – Stopping Traffic Productions (Cinemas) – USA – Documentary directed by Sadhvi Siddhali Shree. Brave and resilient sex trafficking survivors around the world share their struggles to break free from their past and find hope for the future.
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  • You Are Not My Mother – Magnet Releasing (Cinemas, VOD) – Ireland – Horror film written and directed by Kate Dolan. In a North Dublin housing estate Char’s mother goes missing. When she returns Char is determined to uncover the truth of her disappearance and unearth the dark secrets of her family.
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  • Mothering Sunday – Sony Pictures Classics (Cinemas) – UK – Drama directed by Eva Husson, screenplay by Alice Birch (adapted from the novel by Graham Swift). A maid living in post-World War I England secretly plans to meet with the man she loves before he leaves to marry another woman.
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  • Topside – Vertical Entertainment (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Drama co-written and directed by Logan George and Celine Held. Deep in the underbelly of New York City, a five year-old girl and her mother live among a community that has claimed the abandoned subway tunnels as their home.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. 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.