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 26 to October 2 that are of particular interest. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews:
Tuesday, September 27
- Girl at the Window – Blue Fox Entertainment (VOD) – USA – Horror starring Radha Mitchell and Ella Newton. A teenage girl in the suburbs becomes convinced that her mom’s new boyfriend is the serial killer terrorizing the town, and will stop at nothing to prove it.
Wednesday, September 28
- Blonde – Netflix (Streaming) – USA – Ana de Armas tars as Marilyn Monroe in this biopic written and directed by Andrew Dominik, based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates.
Friday, September 30
- Art & Krimes by Krimes – MTV Documentary Films (Cinemas, NY & LA) – USA – Documentary directed by Alysa Nahmias following Philadelphia artist Jesse Krimes, who created spectacular works while incarcerated and continues to use his work to inspire and challenge.
- God’s Creatures – A24 (Cinemas, VOD) – Ireland / UK / USA – Drama co-directed by Saela Davis and Ana Rose Holmer. In a windswept fishing village, a mother is torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right and wrong. A lie she tells for him rips apart their family and close-knit community in this tense, sweepingly emotional epic. Starring Emily Watson.
- The Good House – Lionsgate / Roadside Attractions (Cinemas) – USA – Dramedy co-directed by Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky, starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline. Life for New England realtor Hildy Good begins to unravel when she hooks up with an old flame of hers from New York. Based on Ann Leary’s ‘The Good House.’
- Hocus Pocus 2 – Disney (Cinemas) – USA – Sequel written by Jen D’Angelo and directed by Anne Fletcher. Three young women accidentally bring back the Sanderson Sisters to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world.
- InHospitable – Abramorama (Cinemas, Virtual Cinemas) – USA – Documentary directed by Sandra C. Alvarez. InHospitable reveals American hospitals’ significant role in our broken healthcare system by documenting patients and activists as they band together to fight UPMC, a multi-billion dollar nonprofit hospital system that was limiting vital care for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable patients in western Pennsylvania.
- Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon – Saban / Paramount (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Fantasy-thriller written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, starring Kate Hudson. A girl with unusual powers escapes from a mental asylum and tries to make it on her own in New Orleans.
- My Best Friend’s Exorcism – Amazon Prime – USA – Horror-comedy starring Elsie Fisher and Amiah Miller. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act . . . different.
- Nothing Compares – Showtime (Cinemas; Showtime release September 30) – UK / Ireland – Documentary directed by Kathryn Ferguson. The story of Sinéad O’Connor’s rise to worldwide fame, and how her iconoclastic personality resulted in her exile from the pop mainstream. Focusing on prophetic words and deeds across a six-year period (1987-1993), the film reflects on the legacy of this fearless trailblazer, through a contemporary feminist lens.
- Sirens – Oscilloscope (Cinemas) – USA / Lebanon – Documentary written and directed by Rita Baghdadi. Lilas and Shery, co-founders and guitarists of the Middle East’s first all-female metal band, wrestle with friendship, sexuality and destruction in their pursuit of becoming thrash metal rock stars.
- Taming the Garden – Big World Pictures / Mubi (Cinemas) – Switzerland / Germany / Georgia / Netherlands – Documentary written and directed by Salomé Jashi following trees that are transported, at great expense and inconvenience, from the coast of the Republic of Georgia to the private garden of that country’s former prime minister.
- Vesper – IFC Films (Cinemas, VOD) – Lithuania / France / Belgium – Sci-Fi co-written and directed by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper. After the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem, Vesper, a 13-year-old girl struggling to survive with her paralyzed Father, meets a mysterious Woman with a secret that forces Vesper to use her wits, strength and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the possibility of a future.
- What We Leave Behind – Array Releasing – USA – Documentary directed by Iliana Sosa, co-written by Sosa with Isidore Bethel. After a lifetime of bus rides to the US to visit his children, Julián quietly starts building a house in rural Mexico. In filming his work, his granddaughter crafts a personal and poetic love letter to him and his homeland.
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.