Opening January 16 – 23, 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 15 to 23, 2023 that are of particular interest. Film titles highlighted in red have links to full reviews.  

Tuesday, January 17

  • SHE IS… – Gravitas Ventures – USA – Documentary directed by Zuzana Lova. A survivor’s story of healing sexual trauma through dance.
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  • There’s Something Wrong with the Children – MGM+ (VOD) – USA – Horror directed by Roxanne Benjamin. A family takes a weekend trip with longtime friends and their two young children, but they suspect something supernatural when the kids behave strangely after disappearing into the woods overnight.

Thursday, January 19

  • Sorry About the Demon – Shudder – USA – Horror / comedy written and directed by Emily Hagins. A young man struggling with a broken heart learns that his new place is full of restless spirits.

Friday, January 20

  • After Love – Vertigo Releasing / Ahoy Associates Entertainment (Cinemas) – UK – Drama. Set in the port town of Dover, Mary Hussain suddenly finds herself a widow following the unexpected death of her husband. A day after the burial, she discovers he has a secret just twenty-one miles across the English Channel in Calais.
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  • All Eyes Off Me – Film Movement (Cinemas) – Israel – Dramedy written and directed by Hadas Ben Aroya. Danny is pregnant by Max but she doesn’t get around to telling him at a party. Meanwhile, Max is busy trying out his girlfriend Avishag’s sexual fantasies.
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  • Blaze – (Cinemas, VOD) – Australia – Drama directed by Del Kathryn Barton, co-written by Barton and Huna Amweero. After accidentally witnessing a violent crime, a young girl is left catatonic with shock, and struggles to make sense of what she saw, ultimately finding renewal in the inestimable world of her own imagination.

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.