Opening August 16 – 22, 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 August 16 to 22, 2022 that are of particular interest. Film titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews.  

Wednesday, August 17 

  • Look Both Ways – Netflix – USA – Romantic dramedy written by April Prosser and directed by Wanuri Kahiu. On the eve of her college graduation, Natalie’s life diverges into parallel realities: one in which she becomes pregnant and remains in her hometown to raise her child and another in which she moves to LA to pursue her dream career. Starring Lili Reinhart.

Thursday, August 18

  • Glorious – Shudder – USA – Horror directed by Rebekah McKendry. After a breakup, Wes ends up at a remote rest stop. He finds himself locked inside the bathroom with a mysterious figure speaking from an adjacent stall. Soon Wes realizes he is involved in a situation more terrible than he could imagine. Starring Ryan Kwanten.
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  • Kili Big – Chicken Soup for the Soul (VOD) – USA – Documentary directed by Ida Joglar. A group of plus-sized women from around the world attempt to climb the tallest peak in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro.

Friday, August 19

  • Babysitter – Mubi – Canada / France – Comedy written by Catherine Léger, directed by Monia Chokri. After a sexist joke goes viral, Cédric loses his job and embarks on a therapeutic journey to free himself from sexism and misogyny. He and his girlfriend hire a mysterious and liberated babysitter to help shake things up.
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  • Get Away if You Can – Brainstorm Media (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Drama co-written and directed by Dominique Braun and Terrence Martin. A tense and intimate relationship drama, filmmaking duo (and spouses) Terrence Martin and Dominique Braun star in this story of a married couple pushed to the brink during a sailing trip that turns into something else entirely. Also starring Ed Harris.
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  • The Legend of Molly Johnson – Samuel Goldwyn Films (Cinemas, VOD) – Australia – Western written, directed by and starring Leah Purcell. A lonely bushwoman struggles to raise her children and run the family farm while her husband is away.
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  • The Runner – Saban Films (Cinemas; VOD release August 23) – USA – Thriller directed by Michelle Danner. After being busted for drug possession, Aiden, a troubled Teenager is forced by the cops to go undercover and risk his life to bring down a dangerous drug kingpin.
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  • Spin Me Round – IFC (Cinemas) – USA / Italy – Comedy directed by Jeff Baena, co-written by Baena with Alison Brie. A woman wins an all-expenses-paid trip to a company’s gorgeous “institute” outside of Florence, and also the chance to meet the restaurant chain’s wealthy and charismatic owner. She finds a different adventure than the one she imagined. Starring Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza.
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  • Three Minutes: A Lengthening – Super LTD (Cinemas) – Netherlands / UK – Documentary written and directed by Bianca Stigter. A snippet of 16mm film offers an emotionally charged, meditative glimpse into the lives of the unsuspecting Jewish citizens of a small Polish village at the precipice of World War II. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter.

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.