Opening January 2 – 8, 2023 – 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 January 2 to 8 that are of particular interest. Titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews:  

Wednesday, January 4

  • The Kings of the World – Netflix – Colombia – Drama directed by Laura Mora Ortega, co-written by Ortega and Maria Camila Arias. Rá, Culebro, Sere, Winny and Nano live on the streets of Medellín. The five children no longer have any contact with their families. They form a kind of fraternal clan in which they have to make their way in a parallel world without laws.

Friday, January 6

  • Alcarràs – Mubi (Cinemas; VOD release February 24) – Spain / Italy – Drama directed by Carla Simón. The life of a family of peach farmers in a small village in Catalonia changes when the owner of their large estate dies and his lifetime heir decides to sell the land, suddenly threatening their livelihood.
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  • The Invisible Extinction – Cinemas, VOD – China / Norway / USA / Venezuela – Documentary co-directed by Steve Lawrence and Sarah Schenck. Superstar scientists Marty Blaser and Gloria Dominguez-Bello – passionate partners in life and in the lab- show us how overuse of antibiotics and elective C-sections are destroying the healthy bacteria in our bodies, and fueling the stratospheric rise in obesity, diabetes, asthma, and food allergies.
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  • M3gan – Universal Pictures (Cinemas) – USA – Horror / Sci-Fi written by Akela Cooper. A robotics engineer at a toy company builds a life-like doll that begins to take on a life of its own.

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.

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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.