LITTLE WING – Review by Nadine Whitney

Little Wing had the potential to punch up the comedy so it could gut punch the drama, but the film is lumpen where it should be light and too concerned with telling the audience what is happening but not always backing up why. The film’s star, Brooklynn Prince, will fly to heights, but Little Wing is a non-starter.

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PRISONER’S DAUGHTER – Review by Liz Braun

Catherine Hardwicke directs Brian Cox and Kate Beckinsale in Prisoner’s Daughter, a drama about family and second chances. The two leads alone should make you prick up your ears, but the movie, alas, is sunk by an overwrought screenplay. The story moves toward a burst of violence that upends everything that went before it, and that’s enough said about that. May we suggest that with a couple of exceptions — Mike Leigh, Todd Haynes, Ned Benson, maybe —men should not write domestic drama. Much has already been said about the lack of directing roles (and opportunity in general) for women in Hollywood. It seems a double shame that filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke and this excellent cast were all squandered on weak material.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Vertical to release Catherine Hardwicke’s PRISONER’S DAUGHTER – Brandy McDonnell reports

Vertical will release Catherine Hardwicke’s film Prisoner’s Daughter, which made its world premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, in theaters on June 30. With a screenplay penned by Mark Bacci, the film is described as a gritty, emotionally turbulent thriller that follows a father recently released from prison who seeks to reconnect with his estranged daughter and the grandson he’s never known. The film stars SAG and Gotham Award-nominated Kate Beckinsale and Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominated performer Brian Cox.

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PRISONER’S DAUGHTER (TIFF 2022) – Review by Ulkar Alakbarova

When you read the synopsis about a man who is being released from prison on grounds of compassion, you think it’s going to be another action film in which an elderly man must fight his past enemies. It is the first thing that comes to a mind once you hear about Prisoner’s Daughter. However, the moment the film starts, it takes a different turn, a surprising one. With screenplay by Mark Bacci and directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Prisoner’s Daughter is a feel good story.

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THE ETRUSCAN SMILE – Review by Roxana Hadadi

Some lessons about life never change: do what you love, surrounded by people you love, before it’s too late. That’s a simple but reassuring series of messages that are the through line for the sometimes satisfying but fundamentally patronizing The Etruscan Smile, director Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis’s adaptation of the bestselling 1985 novel La Sonrisa Etrusca.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, July 20-26: PIXELS

Opening July 24, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Pixels, the new sci-fi actioner from director Chris Columbus which sees aliens attack the earth in the form of video games after they misinterpret classic arcade games as a declaration of war.. Read on…

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