Opening Oct 31 – Nov 6, 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 31 to November 6 that are of particular interest. Titles highlighted in red have links for full reviews:  

Wednesday, November 2

  • The Wonder – Netflix (Cinemas; Netflix release November 16) – Ireland / UK / USA – Drama co-written by director Sebastián Lelio and Alice Birch, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue. Starring Florence Pugh and Niamh Algar. A tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

Friday, November 4

  • Calendar Girls – Pink Dolphin (Cinemas) – Sweden – Documentary co-written and directed by Maria Loohufvud and Love Martinsen. Florida’s most dedicated dance team for women over 60, shaking up the outdated image of “the little old lady,” and calling for everyone to dance their hearts out, while they still can.
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  • Causeway – A24 (Cinemas) – USA – Drama directed by Lila Neugebauer, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry. A US soldier suffers a traumatic brain injury while fighting in Afghanistan and struggles to adjust to life back home.
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  • Dear Zoe – Freestyle Digital Media (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Drama directed by Gren Wells, starring Sadie Sink. When Tess and her family suffer an unimaginable loss, she finds support from a surprising source: her biological father – a lovable slacker from the wrong side of the tracks – and the charming but dangerous juvenile delinquent next door.
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  • Enola Holmes 2 – Netflix – UK / USA – Sequel based upon the Enola Holmes Mysteries series by Nancy Springer, starring Millie Bobby Brown. Now a detective-for-hire, Enola Holmes takes on her first official case to find a missing girl as the sparks of a dangerous conspiracy ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends.
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  • I’m Totally Fine – Decal (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Dramedy written by Alisha Ketry, starring Natalie Morales and Jillian Bell. A woman in mourning who takes a solo trip to clear her head after the death of her friend. However, Vanessa’s self-care vacation plans change when she’s met with a situation out of this world.
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  • Next Exit – Magnet Releasing / Magnolia Pictures (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Comedic mystery written and directed by Mali Elfman. When a research scientist makes national news proving she can track people into the afterlife, Rose sees a way out and Teddy sees his chance to finally make it. These two strangers, both harboring dark secrets, race to join the doctor’s contentious study and leave this life behind.
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  • Nocebo – RLJE Films / Shudder (Cinemas; VOD release November 22) – Ireland – Thriller starring Eva Green. A fashion designer is suffering from a mysterious illness that puzzles her doctors and frustrates her husband, until help arrives in the form of a Filipino carer, who uses traditional folk healing to reveal a horrifying truth.
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  • Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me – Apple TV+ – USA – Documentary. After years in the limelight, Selena Gomez achieves unimaginable stardom. But just as she reaches a new peak, an unexpected turn pulls her into darkness.
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  • Soft & Quiet – Momentum Pictures (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Thriller written and directed by Beth de Araújo following a single afternoon in the life of an elementary school teacher as she organizes a mixer of like-minded women. When the group heads home, the teacher encounters a woman from her past, leading to a volatile chain of events.
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  • You Resemble Me – Dedza Films (Cinemas) – USA / France / Egypt – Drama co-written and directed by Dina Amer. When two young sisters are torn apart, the eldest loses her identity and transforms into someone new in the name of belonging and resistance.

Saturday, November 5

  • Orgasm Inc.: The Story of OneTaste – Netflix – USA – Documentary co-directed by Sarah Gibson and Sloane Kelvin. A sexual wellness company gains fame and followers for its practice of “orgasmic meditation” — until members come forward with disturbing allegations.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Titles highlighted in red have links for 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.