Opening Nov 28 – Dec 4, 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 November 28 to December 4 that are of particular interest. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews:  

Monday, November 28

  • Scrap – First Run Features – USA – Drama written and directed by Vivian Kerr. After getting laid off, young single-mom Beth finds herself living in her car and struggles to hide her homelessness from her estranged brother Ben.

Friday, December 2

  • Christmas with the Campbells – RLJE Entertainment (Cinemas) – USA – Comedy directed by Claire Niederpruem. When Jesse gets dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn, his parents convince her to spend Christmas with them and Shawn’s handsome cousin, while Shawn is away.
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  • Darby and the Dead – Hulu – USA – Comedy written by Becca Greene, based on a story by Wenonah Wilms. Darby Harper is granted the ability to see ghosts after suffering a near death experience in her childhood. Then, she runs a side business counseling local spirits in her spare time.
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  • The Eternal Daughter – A24 (Cinemas, VOD) – USA / UK – Drama written and directed by Joanna Hogg, starring Tilda Swinton. A middle-aged daughter and her elderly mother must confront long-buried secrets when they return to their former family home, a once-grand manor that has become a nearly vacant hotel brimming with mystery.
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  • Food and Romance – Samuel Goldwyn Films (Cinemas, VOD) – Sweden – Romantic comedy directed by Annika Appelin, written by Anna Fredriksson. A sudden change forces Karin to re-evaluate her life. With the help of friends, food and passion she refuses to accept that life has an expiration date and takes the second chance she is given.
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  • Lowndes County and the Road to Black Power – Greenwich Entertainment (Cinemas, VOD) – USA – Documentary co-directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Sam Pollard. The story of the courageous campaign of citizens and activists who faced violence and oppression in the struggle for the right to vote.
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  • Twisted – Alarm Pictures (Cinemas) – Denmark – Thriller written and directed by Vibeke Muasya. A young woman seeks independence from her protective mother, only to question her own sanity when newfound friends die, and her mother suggests Hannah is the cause of their death.
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  • Women Talking – United Artists / Orion (Cinemas) – USA – Drama written and directed by Sarah Polley, adapted from the novel by Miriam Toews. A group of women in an isolated religious colony struggle to reconcile their faith with a string of sexual assaults committed by the colony’s men.

Saturday, December 3

  • A New Orleans Noel – Lifetime Television – USA – Drama directed by Angela Tucker, co-written by Tucker and Alys Murray. Grace and Anthony, who despite having gone to college to study architecture together, are too different, but things between them change after both are hired to work at the same place and end up celebrating Christmas together.

Film descriptions are adapted from press releases. Stay tuned in for next week’s releases! Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews. 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.