THE PRANK (SXSW 2022) – Review by Joan Amenn

The Prank purrs like a twisted kitten when Rita Moreno and David Keith face off against each other. As high school physics teacher Mrs. Wheeler and principal Henderson respectively, there mutual loathing bubbling under a veneer of professional courtesy is just priceless. There are some great moments of satirical commentary about the fleeting attention spans induced by social media but the plot is fairly predictable.

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Women and Horror at SXSW 2022 – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

It’s almost SXSW o’clock in Austin, and the alarm is set for an impressive range of women-helmed horror films and others that delve into similarly dark, macabre or just good old fashioned unladylike territory. Whether it’s serial killers in Romania, bachelorette parties in Australia or ghosthunters in Utah, from the beloved Midnighters program and beyond this year’s SXSW is full to the brim with a diverse range of films that prove once again the domain of women’s filmmaking is often much wider than commonly assumed.

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THE GOLDEN ARM – Review by Carol Cling

The Man With the Golden Arm — the 1955 drama with Frank Sinatra as a trying-to-kick-the-habit junkie — was serious business. The women of Golden Arm are anything but. A raucous romp that premiered at last year’s pandemic-struck SXSW Festival, Golden Arm plays like a mash-up of comedic variations.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Bharoocha’s directorial debut: GOLDEN ARM – Brandy McDonnell reports Golden Arm

Maureen Bharoocha is making her feature film directorial debut with Golden Arm, a female buddy comedy about ladies arm wrestling. Bharoocha is best known for her work as a rising comedic director for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as well as her films that have appeared on the Lifetime Network, including I Am Watching You and Fatal Flip.

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