Opening October 24 – 30, 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 October 24 to 30 that are of particular interest:  

Monday, October 24

  • TikTok, Boom. – PBS – USA – Documentary directed by Shalini Kantayya. With TikTok crowned the world’s most downloaded app, these are the personal stories of a cultural phenomenon, told through an ensemble cast of Gen-Z natives, journalists and experts alike.

Tuesday, October 25

  • A Decent Home – Gravitas Ventures (VOD) – USA – Documentary co-written, directed and shot by Sara Terry about manufactured homes in America. Focused on how these last vestiges of affordable housing are facing trials as rich landowners raise rent and evict them from the land they rent, but do not own.

Wednesday, October 26

  • The Good Nurse – Netflix – USA – Drama directed by Tobias Lindholm, written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns. An infamous caregiver is implicated in the deaths of hundreds of hospital patients. Starring Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne.

Thursday, October 27

  • No Time to Fail – USA – Documentary directed by Sara Archambault and Margo Guernsey. Amidst an onslaught of attacks from a sitting President and the deadly threat of a global pandemic, local election administrators work around the clock to secure the vote for their community.

Friday, October 28

  • Call Jane – Roadside Attractions (Cinemas) – USA – Drama directed by Phyllis Nagy, written by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi. A married woman with an unwanted pregnancy lives in a time in America where she can’t get a legal abortion and works with a group of suburban women to find help. Starring Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver.
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  • Holy Spider – Utopia (Cinemas) – Denmark / Germany / Sweden / France – Thriller directed by Ali Abbasi, starring Zar Amir-Ebrahimi. A journalist descends into the dark underbelly of the Iranian holy city of Mashhad as she investigates the serial killings of sex workers by the so called “Spider Killer”, who believes he is cleansing the streets of sinners.
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  • Peaceful – (NY Premiere) – France – Drama co-written and directed by Emmanuelle Bercot, starring Catherine Deneuve and Benoit Magimel. A son in denial of a serious illness. A mother facing the unbearable. And between them a doctor and a nurse fighting to do their job and bring them to acceptance. They have one year and four seasons to come together and understand what it means to die while living.
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  • Please Baby Please – Music Box Films – USA – Musical co-written and directed by Amanda Kramer. Newlyweds Suse and Arthur become the dangerous obsession of a greaser gang that awakens a sleeping quandary into the couple’s sexual identity. Starring Andrea Riseborough, Harry Melling and Demi Moore.
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  • Run Sweetheart Run – Amazon Prime – USA – Thriller directed by Shana Feste. A woman tries to get home alive after her blind date turns violent.

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.