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movies by or about women opening Us/Can from Fri Apr 13


Truth or Dare [my review]

Lucy Hale, Violett Beane, and Sophia Taylor Ali costar in this horror movie about a college drinking game that goes wrong. Cowritten by Jillian Jacobs. (male director)

Rampage [my review]

Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, and Marley Shelton costar in this sci-fi action movie about genetically engineered monsters. (male writers and director)


Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami [IMDb]

Sophie Fiennes directs this documentary about the performance artist.

The Judge [IMDb]

Erika Cohn directs this documentary about a female adjudicator in the Middle East.

20 Weeks [IMDb]

Leena Pendharkar writes and directs this drama about a couple facing a difficult pregnancy. Costarring Anna Margaret Hollyman, Jocelin Donahue, and Michelle Krusiec.

The Rider [IMDb]

Chloé Zhao writes and directs this drama about a (male) rodeo rider recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

Zama [IMDb]

Lucrecia Martel writes and directs this historical drama about a (male) Spanish officer in 17th-century South America.

Nana [IMDb] pictured

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Festive Poster Art Revealed for New Christmas Horror Movie All The Creatures Were Stirring

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While it's exciting to see presents wrapped under the tree every holiday season, it's often just as thrilling to find new holiday horror movies hung with care on streaming services and at the local theater. Although it may only be February, we already have a new Christmas horror movie to look forward to this year, All the Creatures Were Stirring, directed by Rebekah McKendry (co-host of the Shock Waves podcast) and her husband, David Ian McKendry. To get you into the holiday spirit a little early this year, we have a look at Devon Whitehead's festive poster art for All the Creatures Were Stirring.

"FallBack Plan Productions and Evil Squared are excited to premiere the poster for their upcoming feature, "All The Creatures Were Stirring." Written and directed by Rebekah and David Ian McKendry, "All The Creatures..." is a Christmas horror film due for release in 2018.

'When an awkward
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StartUp: Season Three Ordered by Crackle

This series shouldn't shut down any time too soon. Crackle has renewed its StartUp TV show for a third season. Season two just debuted on September 28th of this year. A crime thriller, StartUp stars Martin Freeman, Adam Brody, Otmara Marrero, Edi Gathegi, Jocelin Donahue, Ashley Hinshaw, Karissa Montaner, Ron Perlman, and Addison Timlin. The Crackle drama follows the emergence of GenCoin, a new cryptocurrency, and the less than savory characters behind the company. Read More…
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October Horrors 2017 Day 14 – The House of the Devil (2009)

The House of the Devil, 2009.

Directed by Ti West.

Starring Jocelin Donahue, Greta Gerwig, Mary Wornov, and Tom Noonan.


Cash-strapped college student Samantha responds to a job advert asking for a babysitter, hoping to use the earnings to help pay for her new apartment. However, when she arrives for the job, Samantha finds herself fighting for life in a series of bizarre and terrifying situations, all of which seem to be connected with a fabled lunar eclipse.

The 80s were great, weren’t they? Big hair, big music, big phones, big shoulders, big Reagan and big everything. And it seems that in recently we’ve all fallen in love with the decade once more thanks in part to the runaway success of Netflix’s 80s set supernatural drama Stranger Things (which I highly recommend).

So for today’s entry of October Horrors, we’re going back to the 80s,
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First Trailer for Oil Fields Indie 'Boomtown' Featuring Dwight Yoakam

"Have you ever been to North Dakota?" The Orchard has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Boomtown, set in the oil fields of North Dakota. This fictional story follows John 'Jt' Turner, played by Tyler Riggs, who leaves his family and his hometown to travel up to Williston and work in the booming oil industry. His journey is filled with setbacks and great challenges as documented in this portrayal of the relentless pursuit of the American Dream (e.g. make a lot of money doing crappy hard work). The full cast includes Boyd Holbrook, Rachel Brosnahan, Dwight Yoakam, and Jocelin Donahue. This reminds me to recommend, once again, one of the best documentaries I've seen in years - The Overnighters - which was filmed in/around Williston. This looks solid, without any over-dramatized aspects, thankfully. Check it. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Sabyn Mayfield's Boomtown,
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"StartUp" - Welcome To The 'Darknet'

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Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from Season 2 of the dramatic crime series "StartUp", airing September 28, 2017 on "Crackle":

"...a desperate banker, a Haitian-American gang lord and a Cuban-American hacker are forced to work together to unwittingly create their version of the American dream ..."

Cast includes Ron Perlman ("Sons Of Anarchy", "Hellboy") as 'Wes CHandler', Martin Freeman ("The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey") as 'Phil Rask', Adam Brody ("Burning Love") as 'Nick Talman', Otmara Marrero as 'Izzy Morales', Edi Gathegi as 'Ronald Dacey', Jocelin Donahue as 'Maddie Pierce', Ashley Hinshaw as 'Taylor', Karissa Montaner as 'Karina' and Addison Timlin as 'Mara'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Startup" - Season 2...
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‘Summer Camp’ DVD Review

Stars: Diego Boneta, Alex Gonzalez, Jocelin Donahue, Maiara Walsh, Andres Velencoso | Written by Alberto Marini, Danielle Schleif | Directed by Alberto Marini

With a title like Summer Camp you’d be forgiven for thinking that this film would be yet another stalk and slash fear flick. It isn’t. Helmed by longtime Filmax producer Alberto Marini, in his directorial debut, the film follows similar story beats to some of his most well-known films including the [Rec] franchise and The Last Days.

Looking for fun times as counselors at a European summer camp for children, four Americans never suspect their first experience abroad might be their last. For the rapid-fire spread of an extreme rage-inducing infection plunges the group into a dark vortex of horror and madness catapulting them into a race against time – and each other – to find the source of the mystery contagion and make it out alive.

Yet another Spanish movie
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Home Entertainment: Dead Awake Review

Dead Awake Review

Sleep-paralysis is a terrifying phenomenon; the condition can affect anyone at any point during their life. It is a strange event during which people on the cusp of waking or sleeping find themselves alert, but trapped paralysed in their bodies whilst ‘dreaming’, and was the subject of a fantastic documentary called The Nightmare. The film was showcased at Frightfest in 2015 and was one of the scariest films to screen that year. It featured accounts from real-life sufferers of the disorder as they recounted their experiences, all of which were skin-crawlingly intense. The documentary clearly caught the attention of Hollywood as we’re starting to see the emergence of horror films that attempt to delve into the condition. The first such film is Dead Awake which arrives on DVD on Monday 15th May.

After her twin sister Beth dies in her sleep, Kate (Jocelin Donahue) starts to investigate a string of mysterious deaths,
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Review: Dead Awake (2016)

The newest instalment in the long line of horror B-movies ready to grace our silver screens, Dead Awake (2016) directed by Phillip Guzman is a generic film with generic characters and a not completely generic plot. Friends battle inter-dimensional being, people get killed, true love saves the day, so on and so forth.

Now that’s not to say that there’s nothing to like about it, but it definitely does Not bring anything new to the table. While the original plot does offer a decent backbone, it falls victim to the many tropes plaguing horror films these days. But in order to give this film a fair shot, we’re going to break it down to tackle the finer points.

First of all, the acting is not terrible, and considering the dialogue, may even be kind of good. That being said, it’s clear that the main stars Jocelin Donahue
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Crippling sleep paralysis dwells in grim, new horror film “Dead Awake”

Crippling sleep paralysis dwells in grim, new horror film “Dead Awake”
From director Phillip Guzman, Dead Awake stars Jocelin Donahue (The House Of The Devil) as a social worker who gets lost in a dark situation when investigating several bizarre deaths – all of the victims have died from sleep paralysis. This case is not like any other, and the nightmarish happenings will prove that the sleep condition isn’t the only thing to […]
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Scary Staircase Crawl Featured in New Dead Awake Clip

Rendering its victims motionless, sleep paralysis is a seriously scary occurrence all on its own, but throw in a sinister supernatural entity such as the one in the new movie Dead Awake, and you really have a reason to add some more coffee grounds to your daily brew. Ahead of its May 12th release, Dead Awake is teased in an unsettling new clip featuring a staircase crawl that might remind you of The Exorcist or The Grudge.

"From the creator of the iconic Final Destination franchise comes the paralyzing thriller Dead Awake. Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from a chilling condition known as sleep paralysis, a nightmarish assault on the senses that immobilizes its victims as they dream. As a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones,
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Win Dead Awake on DVD

Sleep Paralysis = a terrifying phenomenon whereby an individual is temporarly unable to move or speak whilst awake, when passing between the stages of waking up and falling asleep. From the creator of the Final Destination franchise comes the terrifying Dead Awake, starring Jocelin Donahue (Insidious Chapter 2), Lori Petty (Orange is the New Black), Jesse Bradford (Swimfan) and Brea Grant (Dexter). Dead Awake (cert.15) is released on DVD and Digital Monday 15th May, courtesy of Solo Media and Matchbox Films, and we have 3 copies on DVD to give away! Contest Ends on Friday, May 26, 2017
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Movie Review – Dead Awake (2016)

Dead Awake, 2016.

Directed by Phillip Guzman.

Starring Jocelin Donahue, Jesse Bradford, Jesse Borego, Brea Grant, and Lori Petty.


After her estranged sister Beth dies suddenly while suffering from sleep paralysis, Kate is plagued with guilt after dismissing her initial claims that she was being regularly haunted in her sleep by a sinister force that kept threatening to kill her. After experiencing the same paralysis that killed her sister, Kate begins to look deeper into the world of sleep paralysis and the supernatural, coming up against a demonic entity that feeds on its victims fear and always strikes them as they hover between the world of the waking and the sleeping.

We all love to sleep, don’t we? There is nothing better in this world than coming home from a hard day’s toil and collapsing into a comfy bed for a lovely quiet night of shut-eye. However, imagine
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This ‘Dead Awake’ Clip Has That Bathtub Shot

This ‘Dead Awake’ Clip Has That Bathtub Shot
From the creator of Final Destination (Jeffrey Reddick), FilmRise will release Dead Awake, the upcoming supernatural horror feature based on Sleep Paralysis, an actual petrifying affliction that has millions of reported cases every year, in theaters and various On Demand platforms May 12th. Directed by Phillip Guzman and starring Jocelin Donahue (Insidious: Chapter 2, House of the Devil), Jesse Bradford (Swimfan, Flags of Our Fathers, […]
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Sleep Paralysis Strikes in the Bathtub in New Dead Awake Clip

Sleep paralysis can be scary on its own, but when you get it in the bathtub, it can also be lethal, as evidenced in a new clip from Dead Awake.

"From the creator of the iconic Final Destination franchise comes the paralyzing thriller Dead Awake. Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from a chilling condition known as sleep paralysis, a nightmarish assault on the senses that immobilizes its victims as they dream. As a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones, she must fight to stay awake to stop the nightmare she’s unleashed!"

Directed by Phillip Guzman from a screenplay by Jeffrey Reddick, Dead Awake stars Jocelin Donahue (The House Of The Devil), Lori Petty (Tank Girl, Point Break, Oitnb), Jesse Bradford (Bring It On,
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New Dead Awake Clip Features “Fatal Sleep Insomnia”

Taking a page from the playbook of Springwood teens haunted by Freddy Krueger, a patient in a new clip from Dead Awake is avoiding sleep, but he's managed to avoid slumber for over a year, and the psychological toll it's taken is unsettling to say the least.

"From the creator of the iconic Final Destination franchise comes the paralyzing thriller Dead Awake. Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from a chilling condition known as sleep paralysis, a nightmarish assault on the senses that immobilizes its victims as they dream. As a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones, she must fight to stay awake to stop the nightmare she’s unleashed!"

Directed by Phillip Guzman from a screenplay by Jeffrey Reddick, Dead Awake
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May 2017 Film Preview


Women directors are set to dominate screens this May. Everything from luxurious Paris vacations to time travel to narratives about grief and regret are represented in this month’s batch of films.

The month’s releases begin May 3 with Jill Campbell’s doc “Mr. Chibbs,” about a former NBA star figuring out his next phase in life. Then May 5 will bring us Ela Thier’s time travel dramedy “Tomorrow Ever After,” the period drama “A Woman’s Life,” and a story about the intense friendship between two mentally ill women in “Like Crazy.” Also out the fifth is Oscar winner Laura Poitras’ latest documentary, “Risk,” which follows Wikileaks founder Julian Assange over six years.

May 5 sees the release of “3 Generations,” a portrait of a young trans man Ray (Elle Fanning) as he begins his transition. Directed by Gaby Dellal and written by Dellal and Nikole Beckwith, “3 Generations” has sparked controversy since its Cannes premiere in 2015. Many critics and activists are disappointed that Fanning, a cis woman, was selected to play a transgender character. The film has also made headlines for its “R” rating, which The Weinstein Company is challenging.

One week later, Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer will test their chops as a comedy duo in “Snatched.” Written by “Ghostbusters” scribe Katie Dippold, the film follows a wild daughter (Schumer) who recruits her conservative mother (Hawn) for an exotic vacation that goes horribly wrong.

May’s first few weeks also bring a couple dramas about domestic life to theaters. May 12’s “Paris Can Wait” is Eleanor Coppola’s feature directorial debut and follows one woman’s (Diane Lane) journey of self-discovery as she travels to Paris with a colleague of her inattentive husband. In Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield,” out May 19, “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston plays a husband and father who chooses to isolate himself from the world in his own attic, giving him time to contemplate his life and the choices he’s made.

May 19 is also the premiere of Stella Meghie’s “Everything, Everything,” which centers on a teenage girl (Amandla Stenberg), who is physically incapable of surviving the outside world, and her romance with the boy next door (Nick Robinson).

The final weekend in May features the release of director Cate Shortland’s critically-acclaimed “Berlin Syndrome.” In this romance turned thriller, Theresa Palmer stars as a woman locked in a man’s apartment against her will, who must come up with some way to escape his grasp.

Here are all the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films premiering in May. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

May 3

Mr. Chibbs” (Documentary) — Written and Directed by Jill Campbell (Opens in NY)

Mr. Chibbs

This observational documentary follows NYC basketball prodigy and retired NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson in the midst of a mid-life crisis, on a journey to find himself. Reeling from his mother’s death and a subsequent DUI, “Chibbs” visits people and arenas from his past, confronting haunting memories, and ultimately finding solace in becoming the father he never had time to be. Combining unseen archival footage with raw moments of reflection, “Mr. Chibbs” is a portrait of an athlete coming to terms with his past as he searches for relevancy in his future.

May 5

“3 Generations”— Directed by Gaby Dellal; Written by Gaby Dellal and Nikole Beckwith

“3 Generations”

Ray (Elle Fanning) is a teenager who is in the midst of transitioning from female to male. His single mother, Maggie (Naomi Watts), must track down Ray’s biological father (Tate Donovan) to get his legal consent to allow Ray’s transition. Dolly (Susan Sarandon), Ray’s lesbian grandmother, is having a hard time accepting that she now has a grandson. They must each confront their own identities and learn to embrace change and their strength as a family in order to ultimately find acceptance and understanding.

Risk” (Documentary) — Directed by Laura Poitras


Filmed over six years, “Risk” is a complex and volatile character study that collides with a high stakes election year and its controversial aftermath. Cornered in a tiny building for half a decade, Julian Assange is undeterred even as the legal jeopardy he faces threatens to undermine the organization he leads and fracture the movement he inspired. Capturing this story with unprecedented access, Poitras finds herself caught between the motives and contradictions of Assange and his inner circle. In a new world order where a single keystroke can alter history, “Risk” is a portrait of power, betrayal, truth, and sacrifice.

Tomorrow Ever After” — Written and Directed by Ela Thier

Tomorrow Ever After

Shaina (writer-director Ela Thier) is a historian who lives 600 years in the future. Humans, at this point, have cleaned up the planet. War, poverty, pollution, greed, exploitation, depression, loneliness — these are things that she’s read about in history books. And while she studied this dark period of history, in which money was viewed as more precious than people, she has never, in the flesh, seen humans hurt other humans — until now. While visiting a group of physicists who experiment with time travel, Shaina is accidentally left stranded in the year 2015. Here she involves herself with a group of friends who are as lovable as they are flawed. As the harsh realities of their lives unfold, she learns what no history book could have taught her.

“A Woman’s Life” — Co-Written by Florence Vignon (Opens in NY)

“A Woman’s Life”

Adapted from the novel “Une Vie” by Guy de Maupassant, “A Woman’s Life” is a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th century Normandy. Upon finishing her schooling in a convent, young aristocrat Jeanne (Judith Chemla) marries local Viscount Julien de Lamare (Swann Arlaud), who soon reveals himself to be a miserly and unfaithful husband. As she navigates his chronic infidelity, pressure from her family and community, and the alternating joys and burdens of motherhood, Jeanne’s rosy illusions about her privileged world are slowly stripped away.

Like Crazy”— Co-Written by Francesca Archibugi (Opens in NY)

Like Crazy

Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. “Like Crazy” tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse — the world of sane people.

Lady Bloodfight

Jane (Amy Johnson) is a beautiful but troubled American girl backpacking her way through Hong Kong. When she successfully fends off three thugs trying to rob her, she draws the attention of Shu (Muriel Hofmann), a Wudang champion, who is impressed by her raw street fighting abilities. Shu recruits Jane and trains her to fight in the vicious, all-female, underground martial arts tournament known as “The Kumite.” After months of rigorous preparation, Jane is ready to face off against the deadliest female fighters in the world, including Ling (Jenny Wu), the apprentice of Shu’s nemesis, Wai (Kathy Wu).

May 10



Already respected as one of the best actresses in film, Blanchett raises the bar even higher by playing 13 different roles in “Manifesto,” embodying some of the most influential and emotional artist manifestos in history. (Sundance Film Festival)

The Drowning”— Directed by Bette Gordon

The Drowning”: Paladin

The Drowning” is the story of a forensic psychologist (Josh Charles) who is haunted by his expert witness testimony that sent a young boy (Avan Jogia) to prison for a chilling murder. When the boy later reappears in his life, he is drawn into a destructive, soul-searching reinvestigation of the case.

May 12

Snatched” — Written by Katie Dippold


After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn), to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter — in unpredictable, hilarious fashion — is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

Paris Can Wait” — Written and Directed by Eleanor Coppola

Paris Can Wait

Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut stars Academy Award nominee Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successful and driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving mouthwatering meals, spectacular wines, and picturesque sights.

The Wedding Plan” — Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein

The Wedding Plan

At 32, Michal (Noa Koller) is finally looking forward to the comfort and security of marriage, when she is blindsided by her fiancé’s decision to call off the wedding with only a month’s notice. Unwilling to return to lonely single life, Michal decides to trust in fate and continue with her wedding plans, believing Mr. Right will appear by her chosen date. Confident she will find a match made in heaven, she books a venue, sends out invitations, and buys a wedding dress, as her skeptical mother (Irit Sheleg) and sister look on with trepidation.

Urban Hymn” (Also Available on VOD)

Urban Hymn

A redemptive coming of age story about wayward teen Jamie (Letitia Wright), who is encouraged by an inspiring and unconventional social worker Kate (Shirley Henderson), to use singing as an escape from her troubled background. Jamie’s loyalties soon become torn between Kate and her possessive and volatile best friend, Leanne (Isabella Laughland).

Tracktown” — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Alexi Pappas (Also Available on VOD)

Twenty-one-year-old Plumb Marigold (Alexi Pappas) is a famous but lonely distance runner preparing for the biggest race of her life: The Olympic Trials. But when an injury forces her to take an unexpected day off, Plumb wanders into a bakery where the aimless boy behind the counter catches her eye.

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” — Co-Written and Directed by Maria Schrader

Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” charts the years of exile in the life of famous Jewish-Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (Josef Hader), his inner struggle for the “right attitude” towards the events in war torn Europe, and his search for a new home.

Dead Awake

Kate Bowman (Jocelin Donahue) is a straight-laced, by-the-books social worker who finds herself plunged into a world of supernatural terror while investigating a series of deaths involving people who died in their sleep. The victims all reported being terrorized by a dark entity that paralyzed and tormented them, before eventually killing them. Kate is joined in this quest by Evan (Jesse Bradford), an artist who is slow to believe that something supernatural is occurring.

Hounds of Love” (Also Available on VOD)

Hounds of Love

Vicki Maloney (Ashleigh Cummings) is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple (Stephen Curry and Emma Booth). As she observes the dynamic between her captors, she quickly realizes she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

“Hindi Medium”— Written by Zeenat Lakhani

“Hindi Medium” is a light-hearted romantic film about a young couple, Raj and Mita (Irrfan Khan and Saba Qamar) who live in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, with aspirations to move into English-speaking society for their daughter’s sake. The film traces their trials and tribulations on this journey and the impact it has on their relationship on their family.

May 19

Everything, Everything” — Directed by Stella Meghie

Everything, Everything

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face, or kiss the boy next door? “Everything, Everything” tells the unlikely love story of Maddy (Amandla Stenberg), a smart, curious, and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly (Nick Robinson), the boy next door who won’t let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together… even if it means losing everything.

Wakefield” — Written and Directed by Robin Swicord


Who among us has never wanted to walk away from it all? It is a cold fact of modern life that, some days, everything becomes too much. For Howard Wakefield (Bryan Cranston), New York City lawyer, husband, and father of two, the overwhelming impulse to just leave arises one night as he stands in his own suburban driveway. Howard, however, does not run far. Inspired (or led?) by a raccoon, he enters the attic of his two-car garage, and proceeds to hide there for weeks.

Paint It Black” — Co-Written and Directed by Amber Tamblyn

Paint it Black

Paint It Black” is the story of the aftermath of Michael’s (Rhys Wakefield) death, and Josie’s (Alia Shawkat) struggle to hold onto the true world he shared with her. As Josie searches for the key to understanding his death, she finds herself both repelled and attracted to Michael’s pianist mother, Meredith (Janet McTeer), who holds Josie responsible for her son’s torment. Soon, the two women find themselves drawn into a twisted relationship reflecting equal parts distrust and blind need.

Icaros: A Vision” — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Leonor Caraballo (Opens in NY)

Icaros: A Vision

Her medical options exhausted, an American woman (Ana Cecilia Stieglitz) travels to the Amazon in search of a miracle. Thanks to a young ayahuasca shaman who is losing his eyesight, she learns instead to confront her “susto”: the disease of fear.

Champion” — Written by Missy Reed and Sarah Inabnit

Dirt track racer Sean Weathers (Andrew Cheney) was at the top of his game — an unstoppable career, scores of fans, and an adoring daughter. When a rivalry with another racer turns personal, the ego that propelled him to success causes a tragedy, sending his life into a tailspin. Jack Reed (Gary Graham) was attempting to make up for past mistakes. He had prospered as a businessman but failed as a family man. In a sudden turn of events, his chances for reconciliation are ripped from his grasp. Sean and Jack’s lives collide, and an unexpected bond forms between them. Working through a painful journey of healing together, they each learn about second chances and the true freedom only forgiveness can offer.

“The Woman Who Left” (Opens in NY)

“The Woman Who Left” tells the story of Horacia Somorostro (Charo Santos), a woman seeking revenge after being convicted for decades for a crime she didn’t commit.

May 24

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Linda Saffire (Opens in NY)

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan

Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan” offers an intimate portrait of prima ballerina Wendy Whelan as she prepares to leave New York City Ballet after a record-setting three decades with the company. As the film opens, Whelan is 46, battling a painful injury that has kept her from the ballet stage, and facing the prospect of her impending retirement from the company. What we see, as we journey with her, is a woman of tremendous strength, resilience, and good humor. We watch Whelan brave the surgery that she hopes will enable her comeback to Nycb and we watch her begin to explore the world of contemporary dance, as she steps outside the traditionally patriarchal world of ballet to create “Restless Creature,” a collection of four contemporary vignettes forged in collaboration with four young choreographers.

May 26

Berlin Syndrome” — Directed by Cate Shortland

Berlin Syndrome

While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare (Teresa Palmer) meets charismatic local man Andi (Max Riemelt). There is an instant attraction between them, and a night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again.

May 2017 Film Preview was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Dead Awake’ Clip Hasn’t Slept in Over a Year

‘Dead Awake’ Clip Hasn’t Slept in Over a Year
From the creator of Final Destination (Jeffrey Reddick), FilmRise will release Dead Awake, the upcoming supernatural horror feature based on Sleep Paralysis, an actual petrifying affliction that has millions of reported cases every year, in theaters and various On Demand platforms May 12th. Directed by Phillip Guzman and starring Jocelin Donahue (Insidious: Chapter 2, House of the Devil), Jesse Bradford (Swimfan, Flags of Our Fathers, […]
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Re-enter The Void! The greatest 80s throwback horror movies you need to watch

Author: Sean Wilson

As if last year’s nostalgia-infused sensation Stranger Things didn’t make it clear enough, the world is currently going mad for all things eighties. Not the big hair or the shellsuits, mind – rather woozy synthpop, blood-rich neon and anything related to the heyday of creepy body horror.

With Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s splattery new gorefest The Void out now, one that gleefully mashes up loving homages to H.P. Lovecraft John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and more, here are the essential throwback horror movies that you need to watch in preparation.

The House of the Devil

Writer/director Ti West is at the forefront of recent revival horror and this deliciously slow-burning spooker remains one of his best. Drawing on the ‘Satanic panic’ craze that swept America during the eighties, it’s the unbearably suspenseful story of a young woman (Jocelin Donahue) whose babysitting job at a creaking,
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