MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 29, 2023: SHE CAME TO ME

If the idea of Marisa Tomei as a romance-addicted tugboat captain sounds like your cup of tea, then grab the popcorn and settle in for Rebecca Miller’s She Came to Me, a quirky, well-acted dramedy about the intersecting lives of two families of New Yorkers and the people in their orbit. By turns heartfelt and slightly absurdist, it’s ultimately the kind of cinematic escape from the real world that we all sometimes need.

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SHE CAME TO ME – Review by Loren King

Writer and filmmaker Rebecca Miller’s first film since the too-little-seen Maggie’s Plan starring Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke in 2015, She Came to Me is a charming fairy tale about finding romance in a magical New York. In her films and works of literature, Miller has always delivered a strong personal voice and characters, particularly women, that are individual, flawed and fully human.

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SHE CAME TO ME – Review by Sherin Nicole

I’m in an uncertain place with She Came to Me, the slightly strange twist on romantic fiction by writer/director Rebecca Miller. There is an ostensible story and its themes—those are as clear as the hors d’oeuvres tray at a party. Yet there is an infusion of subtext that causes me to question the recipe. Perhaps that incongruity is leaving me wondering what to say. You could call me Schrödinger’s Critic—a state of neither/nor I find myself pondering more and more.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Rebecca Miller’s SHE CAME TO ME to be released via Vertical – Brandy McDonnell reports

Global independent distributor Vertical has secured U.S. rights to the romantic comedy She Came to Me, which had its world premiere in February as the opening night selection for the 2023 Berlin Film Festival. Vertical is planning a theatrical release for the comedy about love in all its forms. Set in the bustling metropolis of New York City, She Came to Me follows Steven Lauddem (Peter Dinklage), a composer who is plagued by a creative block that leaves him unable to finish the score for his big comeback opera.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: NBC Special Celebrates Carol Burnett’s Birthday – Brandy McDonnell reports

Paying tribute to a beloved national icon for her birthday, NBC will celebrate Carol Burnett’s illustrious career with Carol Burnett: 90 Years of Laughter + Love. The two-hour special will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT April 26 and will stream next day on Peacock. Filmed at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, the star-studded special will feature an A-list lineup of musical performances and special guests, who will come together to share their love for one of the most cherished comediennes in television history.

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SPIDERMAN: NO WAY HOME – Review by Susan Granger

Spidey swings again! The new sequel Spiderman: No Way Home topped $600 million, becoming the biggest hit in Sony Pictures history and ranking as one of the 10 top-grossing domestic hits of all time. In this third go-round as the teenage web-slinger, Tom Holland’s likable Peter Parker loses his anonymity when malevolent muckraker J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) reveals his identity as a Queens, New York, high school student.

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THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND – Review by Leslie Combemale

I’m not sure anyone knew SNL’s Pete Davidson had even a shred of acting talent. The King of Staten Island will change that. Davidson stars as Scott Carlin, a version of himself, in a story loosely-based on his experience with depression, drug addiction, borderline personality disorder, and grief.

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FRANKIE – Review by Martha K Baker

The film “Frankie” is set in Sintra, Portugal, known for its dense landscapes. “Frankie” involves dense plotting — but not garden plots. This film is either a delicate disquisition on marriage, or else it attempts to pull the wool over arthouse audiences that think pausing between palavering is the same as significant introspection.

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