Opening December 19 – 25, 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 December 19 to 25 that are of particular interest. Titles highlighted in red have links for full reviews:  

Tuesday, December 20

  • The Cosmos Sisters – Gravitas Ventures – USA – Comedy written and directed by Nora Kaye and Whitney Uland. A darkly comedic movie about two ex best friends and bandmates who reunite in their hometown and decide to get the band back together.

Wednesday, December 21

  • Wildcat – Amazon Prime – USA – Documentary directed by Trevor Frost and Melissa Lesh. Back from war in Afghanistan, a young British soldier struggling with depression and PTSD finds a second chance in the Amazon rainforest when he meets an American scientist, and together they foster an orphaned baby ocelot.

Friday, December 23

  • Corsage – IFC Films (Cinemas) – Austria / Luxembourg / Germany / France – Biographical drama written and directed by Marie Kreutzer. A fictional account of one year in the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. On Christmas Eve 1877, Elisabeth, once idolized for her beauty, turns 40 and is officially deemed an old woman; she starts trying to maintain her public image.
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  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Sony Pictures / TriStar (Cinemas) – USA – Biographical drama directed by Kasi Lemmons. The joyous, emotional, heartbreaking celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston, the greatest female R&B pop vocalist of all time. Tracking her journey from obscurity to musical superstardom.
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  • Joyride – Magnolia (Cinemas) – Ireland – Drama directed by Emer Reynolds, written by Alibhe Keogan. A headstrong solicitor’s plan to offload her newborn baby to her sister is derailed when a vulnerable but opinionated teenager steals their taxi. Starring Olivia Colman.
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  • Women Talking – United Artists (Cinemas) – USA – Drama co-written and directed by Sarah Polley, adapted from the novel by Miriam Toews. Do nothing. Stay and fight. Or leave. In 2010, the women of an isolated religious community grapple with reconciling a brutal reality with their faith.

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.