Opening September 5 – 11, 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 September 5 to 11 that are of particular interest. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews. 

Wednesday, September 7

  • After Ever Happy – Vertical Entertainment (Cinemas) – USA – Romance directed by Castille Landon. As a shocking truth about a couple’s families emerges, the two lovers discover they are not so different from each other. Tessa is no longer the sweet, simple, good girl she was when she met Hardin — any more than he is the cruel, moody boy she fell so hard for.

Friday, September 9

  • About Fate – United Artists (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Romantic comedy written by Tiffany Paulsen. A tale of two people who believe in love, but seem to never be able to find its true meaning. In a wild twist of events, fate puts each in the other’s path on a stormy New Year’s Eve and comedy and chaos ensues. Starring Emma Roberts.
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  • Barbarian – 20th Century Studios (Cinemas) – USA – Thriller starring Georgina Campbell and Bill Skarsgard. A woman staying at an Airbnb discovers that the house she has rented is not what it seems.
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  • The Bengali – Cinemas (NY Premiere) – USA – Documentary written and directed by Kavery Kaul. An African-American writer from Louisiana embarks on a quest to a part of India where no American has ever gone. There, she looks for her grandfather’s descendants, the land he claimed to own, and the truth behind the stories she grew up with.
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  • End of the Road – Netflix – USA – Action film directed by Millicent Shelton, starring Queen Latifah. In this high-octane action thriller, a cross-country road trip becomes a highway to hell for Brenda and her family. Alone in the New Mexico desert, they have to fight for their lives when they become the targets of a mysterious killer.
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  • Hold Me Tight – Kino Lorber (Cinemas) – France – Drama written and directed by Mathieu Amalric, adapted from the play by Claudine Galea. A woman one day simply walks out on her family. Or does she? Starring Vicky Krieps.
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  • True Things – Samuel Goldwyn Films (Cinemas, VOD) – UK – Drama directed by Harry Wootliff, co-written by Wootliff with Molly Davies. Based on the book by Deborah Kay Davies. A young woman living on the fringes of society becomes intoxicated by a stranger who overwhelms her quiet life. Starring Ruth Wilson and Tom Burke.
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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.