Matt writes: From Friday, March 6th, through Friday, March 13th, we celebrated Women Writers Week 2020 at RogerEbert.com by spotlighting the voices of our wonderful female writers, from our Assistant Editor Nell Minow and regular critics Monica Castillo, Tomris Laffly, Christy Lemire and Sheila O’Malley to such vital contributors as Allison Shoemaker, Whitney Spencer, Roxana Hadadi, Justine Smith and so many others. You can find the complete round-up of reviews, interviews and essays penned during Women Writers Week 2020 in our official Table of Contents. Make sure to also check out Chaz Ebert’s welcome message and the full list of writers bios, as well as a few highlights shared below, following our usual collections of the latest trailers…
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020). Written and directed by Eliza Hittman. Starring Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin. Synopsis: A pair of teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania travel to New York City to seek out medical help after an unintended pregnancy. Opens in US theaters on March 13th, 2020.
Radium Girls (2020). Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler. Written by Ginny Mohler and Brittany Shaw. Starring Joey King, Abby Quinn, Cara Seymour. Synopsis: In the 1920s a group of factory workers advocate for safer work conditions after some of their colleagues become ill from radium exposure. US release date is TBA.
The Other Lamb (2020). Directed by Malgorzata Szumowska. Written by C.S. McMullen. Starring Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman, Denise Gough. Synopsis: A girl born into an all-female cult led by a man in their compound begins to question his teachings and her own reality. Opens in US theaters on April 3rd, 2020.
Banana Split (2020). Directed by Benjamin Kasulke. Written by Hannah Marks and Joey Power. Starring Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato, Dylan Sprouse. Synopsis: Over the course of a summer, two teenage girls develop the perfect kindred spirit friendship, with one big problem: one of them is dating the other’s ex. Opens in US theaters on March 27th, 2020.
Connected (2020). Written and directed by Michael Rianda and Jeff Rowe. Starring Olivia Colman, Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride. Synopsis: Katie Mitchell is accepted into the film school of her dreams. Her whole family drives Katie to school together when their plans are interrupted by a tech uprising. The Mitchells will have to work together to save the world. Opens in US theaters on September 18th, 2020.
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020). Directed by James Lebrecht and Nicole Newnham. Synopsis: Down the road from Woodstock, a revolution blossomed at a ramshackle summer camp for teenagers with disabilities, transforming their lives and igniting a landmark movement. Debuts on Netflix on March 25th, 2020.
Blue Story (2020). Written and directed by Rapman. Starring Stephen Odubola, Micheal Ward, Khali Best. Synopsis: Feature adaptation of Rapman’s YouTube series about two young friends who become rivals in a street war. Opens in US theaters on March 20th, 2020.
The High Note (2020). Directed by Nisha Ganatra. Written by Flora Greeson. Starring Dakota Johnson, Bill Pullman, June Diane Raphael. Synopsis: A superstar singer and her overworked personal assistant are presented with a choice that could alter the course of their respective careers. Opens in US theaters on May 8th, 2020.
The Last Vermeer (2020). Directed by Dan Friedkin. Written by James McGee, John Orloff, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (based on the book by Jonathan Lopez). Starring Daan Aufenacker, Claes Bang, Mark Behan. Synopsis: An artist is suspected of selling a valuable painting to the Nazis, but there is more to the story than meets the eye. US release date is TBA.
Uncorked (2020). Written and directed by Prentice Penny. Starring Courtney B. Vance, Niecy Nash, Matt McGorry. Synopsis: Elijah must balance his dream of becoming a master sommelier with his father’s expectations that he carry on the family’s Memphis BBQ joint. Debuts on Netflix on March 27th, 2020.
Proxima (2020). Directed by Alice Winocour. Written by Alice Winocour and Jean-Stéphane Bron. Starring Eva Green, Zélie Boulant, Matt Dillon. Synopsis: An astronaut prepares for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station. US release date is TBA.
Lost Transmissions (2020). Written and directed by Katharine O’Brien. Starring Simon Pegg, Juno Temple, Alexandra Daddario. Synopsis: When an acclaimed music producer goes off his medication for schizophrenia, his friends chase him though the LA music scene to help commit him to a psychiatric hospital, revealing the troubling inadequacies of our mental health care system. Opens in US theaters on March 13th, 2020.
Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss (2020). Directed by Vivieno Caldinelli. Written by Christopher Hewitson, Clayton Hewitson and Justin Jones. Starring Taika Waititi, Rhea Seehorn, Matt Jones. Synopsis: A small-town couple finds the perfect apartment in the big city, except there’s one catch: the apartment is home to the ritualistic suicides of a deranged cult. US release date is TBA.
Butt Boy (2020). Directed by Tyler Cornack. Written by Tyler Cornack and Ryan Koch. Starring Angela Jones, Tyler Cornack, Tyler Rice. Synopsis: After a child goes missing, a newly sober detective suspects that his sponsor has a super power that makes animals, objects, and humans disappear in his butt. US release date is TBA.
Judy & Punch (2020). Written and directed by Mirrah Foulkes. Starring Mia Wasikowska, Damon Herriman, Benedict Hardie. Synopsis: Seaside (nowhere near the sea), puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show in an an anarchic town on the brink of mob rule. Opens in US theaters on April 24th, 2020.
The Secret Garden (2020). Directed by Marc Munden. Written by Jack Thorne (based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett). Starring Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth, Julie Walters. Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Mouse desperately wants to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt-bike riders who rule the summertime streets. US release date is TBA.
Artemis Fowl (2020). Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Written by Michael Goldenberg, Adam Kline and Conor McPherson (based on the novel by Eoin Colfer). Starring Miranda Raison, Colin Farrell, Josh Gad. Synopsis: Artemis Fowl, a young criminal prodigy, hunts down a secret society of fairies to find his missing father. Opens in US theaters on May 29th, 2020.
Greyhound (2020). Directed by Aaron Schneider. Written by Tom Hanks (based on the novel by C.S. Forester). Starring Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham. Synopsis: Early in World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy captain must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolfpacks. Opens in US theaters on June 12th, 2020.
Kelly Reichardt on “First Cow“
The Brilliance of “Swallow“
Matt writes: One of our contributors featured during Women Writers Week 2020, Mary Beth McAndrews, penned an essay analyzing the brilliant portrayal of feminism and OCD in Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ “Swallow,” which received three-and-a-half stars from Justine Smith.
The Animal Kingdom (1932). Directed by Edward H. Griffith and George Cukor. Written by Horace Jackson (based on the play by Philip Barry). Starring Ann Harding, Leslie Howard, Myrna Loy. Synopsis: A sophisticated comedy about a man trying to justify his love for both his wife and his mistress.
The Amazing Mr. X (1948). Directed by Bernard Vorhaus. Written by Muriel Roy Bolton and Ian McLellan Hunter. Starring Turhan Bey, Lynn Bari, Cathy O’Donnell. Synopsis: On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf…then meets a tall dark man, Alexis, who seems to know all about such things.
The Big Trees (1952). Directed by Felix E. Feist. Written by John Twist and James R. Webb. Starring Kirk Douglas, Eve Miller, Patrice Wymore. Synopsis: A Quaker colony tries to save the giant sequoias from a timber baron.