By Tatiana McInnis and Shayna Maci Warner
This month, audiences can be entertained, intrigued, troubled, and inspired by a slate of diverse narratives and documentaries. October features the releases of festival favorites with buzz carrying over from the “Before Time” as well as films that are sure to garner large followings as soon as they hit online platforms. The topics are imaginative and imperative, with a particular thread of well-timed horrors both grounded in reality with the U.S. election approaching, and drifting toward outrageous fantasy in the spirit of Halloween.
Documentaries this month include dedicated depictions of several of the most prominently discussed issues facing Black and Brown folks living in the U.S. In “Time” (October 9), mother and abolitionist Fox Rich documents the struggle of decades’ worth of separation from her incarcerated husband. In “Belly of the Beast” (October 16), lawyers and plaintiffs wage a legal battle against the prison industrial complex, which has been forcibly sterilizing Black and Brown inmates for years. In “The State of Texas vs. Melissa” (October 20), filmmaker Sabrina Van Tassel painstakingly follows the grossly mishandled case of the first Hispanic woman to be sentenced to execution.
Narratives once again carve a divergent path, with laughs, scares, and mystery in equal measure. In “Save Yourselves!” (October 2), a couple does what we all wish we could do, and goes off the grid for a week while, unbeknownst to them, the apocalypse commences. Things get gory in “12 Hour Shift” (October 2) when an overworked nurse becomes entangled in a black market organ-trading scheme. In the Sundance standout “The Forty-Year-Old Version” (October 9), Radha Blank snaps out of an existential panic in order to reinvent herself as who she always wanted to be. The star-studded “On the Rocks” (October 2) sees Sofia Coppola pairing Rashida Jones and Bill Murray as a daughter-father duo who team up to investigate an unfaithful husband.
Another standout this month is Amazon Prime’s release of a filmed production of Heidi Schrek’s “What the Constitution Means to Me” (October 16), which allows those who weren’t able to attend the Tony-nominated Broadway play the chance to learn more about how the U.S. Constitution has historically limited and ignored women, people of color, and other already-marginalized communities.
Here are the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting this October. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.
“On the Rocks” – Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola (In Theaters; Available on Apple TV+ October 23)
Laura (Rashida Jones) thinks she’s happily hitched, but when her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) starts logging late hours at the office with a new co-worker, Laura begins to fear the worst. She turns to the one man she suspects may have insight: her charming, impulsive father Felix (Bill Murray), who insists they investigate the situation. As the two begin prowling New York at night, careening from uptown parties to downtown hotspots, they discover at the heart of their journey lies their own relationship.
“Save Yourselves!” – Written and Directed by Eleanor Wilson and Alex Fischer (In Theaters; Available on VOD October 6)
Jack (John Reynolds) and Su (Sunita Mani) are a hip Brooklyn couple who, like many of their friends, find themselves dependent on technology and unable to put down their phones. Fearing their mindless scrolling may impact their connection with each other, they seize the chance to head to an isolated cabin in the woods, vowing to unplug from the outside world for a week. Sheltered from texts and push notifications, they are blissfully unaware that the planet is under attack. As strange events unfold, the couple must figure out a way back to civilization — or what’s left of it.
“Eternal Beauty” (Available on VOD)
When Jane (Sally Hawkins) is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love — both real and imagined — and family relationships collide with both touching and humorous consequences.
“Once Upon a River” – Written and Directed by Haroula Rose (Available via Virtual Cinemas)
Based on the best-selling novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell, “Once Upon A River” is the story of Native American teenager Margo Crane (Kenadi DelaCerna) in 1970s rural Michigan, who, after enduring a series of traumas and tragedies, sets out on an odyssey on the Stark River in search of her estranged mother. On the water, Margo encounters friends, foes, wonders, and dangers; navigating life on her own, she comes to understand her potential, all while healing the wounds of her past.
“The Great American Lie” (Documentary) – Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom; Written by Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Jessica Congdon (Available on VOD)
“The Great American Lie” examines the roots of systemic inequalities through a unique gender lens. With America facing widening economic inequality and stagnant social mobility, this film takes audiences on an empathy journey, inspiring a path forward.
“A Call to Spy” – Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher; Written by Sarah Megan Thomas (In Theaters and on VOD)
In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill orders his new spy agency — SOE — to recruit and train women as spies. Their daunting mission: conduct sabotage and build a resistance. SOE’s “spymistress,” Vera Atkins (Stana Katic), recruits two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas), an ambitious American with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte), a Muslim pacifist. Together, these women help to undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legacy in their wake. Inspired by true stories, this original screenplay draws on SOE, OSS, and CIA files. This is the untold story about the personal sacrifice of courageous individuals who put their lives on the line to fight for freedom.
“12 Hour Shift” – Written and Directed by Brea Grant (In Theaters and on VOD)
It’s 1998 and over the course of one night at an Arkansas hospital, a junkie nurse (Angela Bettis), her scheming cousin, and a group of black market organ-trading criminals get caught up in a heist gone wrong.
“The Devil to Pay” – Written and Directed by Lane Skye and Ruckus Skye (In Drive-Ins; Available on VOD October 6)
After the disappearance of her husband, Lemon (Danielle Deadwyler), a struggling farmer in an isolated Appalachian community, must repay her husband’s debt to the oldest family on the mountain and their murderous biscuit-making matriarch in order to save her young son’s life. Armed with only her wits and tenacity, Lemon must unravel the mysteries her husband left behind or lose everything she’s ever loved.
“Dick Johnson Is Dead” (Documentary) – Directed by Kirsten Johnson; Written by Kirsten Johnson and Nels Bangerter (Available on Netflix)
A lifetime of making documentaries has convinced award-winning filmmaker Kirsten Johnson of the power of the real. But now she’s ready to use every escapist movie-making trick in the book — staging inventive and fantastical ways for her 86-year-old psychiatrist father to die while hoping that cinema might help her bend time, laugh at pain, and keep her father alive forever. The darkly funny and wildly imaginative “Dick Johnson Is Dead” is a love letter from a daughter to a father, creatively blending fact and fiction to create a celebratory exploration of how movies give us the tools to grapple with life’s profundity.
“Let’s Scare Julie” (Available on VOD)
When a group of teen girls sets out to scare their reclusive new neighbor, what seemed like a simple prank goes horribly wrong — and not all of them will make it home.
“The Lie” – Written and Directed by Veena Sud (Available on Amazon Prime)
A divorced mother and father find themselves trapped in a living nightmare when their daughter confesses to murder in “The Lie,” a gripping psychological thriller about the lengths parents will go to in order to protect their child. While driving his 15-year-old daughter Kayla (Joey King) and her best friend Brittany (Devery Jacobs) to a weekend retreat in the dead of winter, aging rocker Jay (Peter Sarsgaard) pulls over to the side of the road for a quick bathroom break. Although the two girls enter the surrounding woods together, only Kayla returns. Terrified she could be tried as an adult, Jay and his ex-wife Rebecca (Mireille Enos) cover up Kayla’s crime with a web of lies and deceit. But the truth won’t stay buried, and as one mistake leads to another, the desperate parents discover that what actually happened in those icy woods is more shocking than they imagined.
“Naughty Books” (Documentary) – Directed by Austen Eleanore Rachlis (Available on VOD)
“Naughty Books” is a feature-length documentary about the boom of self-published romance novels in the wake of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” It follows three authors who became millionaires in under a year using pen names to sell erotica on Amazon for $1.99. Along the way, they upended the book industry, challenged ideas of female sexuality, and re-imagined the American Dream for the 21st Century.
“American Pie Presents: Girls’ Rules” (Available on VOD)
It’s Senior year at East Great Falls! Annie (Madison Pettis), Kayla (Piper Curda), Michelle (Natasha Behnam), and Stephanie (Lizze Broadway) decide to finally harness their girl power and band together to get what they want in their last year of high school.
“The Ringmaster” (Documentary) – Directed by Molly Dworsky and Dave Newberg; Written by Molly Dworsky, Dave Newberg, Zachary Capp, and Julian Edward Williams (Available on VOD)
An aging chef from Minnesota has his life turned upside down when a relentless filmmaker from Las Vegas tries to make the chef’s onion rings world famous.
“Yummy” – Written by Eveline Hagenbeek and Lars Damoiseaux (Available on VOD)
“Yummy” is an orgy of blood, violence, and fun in which a young couple travel to a shabby Eastern European hospital for plastic surgery. The young woman wants a breast reduction. Her mother comes along for yet another face-lift. Wandering through an abandoned ward the boyfriend stumbles upon a young woman, gagged and strapped to an operating table; she is the result of an experimental rejuvenation treatment. He frees her, but does not realize he just caused the outbreak of a virus that will change doctors, patients, and his mother-in-law into bloodthirsty zombies.
“Aggie” (Documentary) – Directed by Catherine Gund (Available via Virtual Cinemas)
Catherine Gund’s deeply affectionate paean to her mother — philanthropist and art collector extraordinaire Agnes Gund — tells two stories that meld into one. There’s the elegant, if conventional divorcée and mother of four who leaves Cleveland for New York and becomes ensconced in the art world — in 1991 she became president of the board of the Museum of Modern Art. And there’s the woman whose profound experiences with guilt and empathy fuel her decision to sell a beloved Roy Lichtenstein painting and gift $100 million to the Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker to establish The Art for Justice Fund — with the aim of reducing mass incarceration.
“Wine Crush” (“Vas-y Coupe!”) (Documentary) – Directed by Laura Naylor (Available on VOD)
A motley team of laborers travels from the North of France each year to harvest grapes at a small Champagne vineyard run by an eccentric winemaker with a cult following. Many of them have been picking these grapes for a quarter century, but as the winemaker begins to hand over the family business to his son — and younger workers increasingly join the team — it is unclear if this harvest tradition can endure. An immersive portrait of two disparate French worlds entwined, the film weaves intimate vérité scenes through the whirlwind labor of the harvest.
“The Forty-Year-Old Version” – Written and Directed by Radha Blank (Available on Netflix)
Radha (Radha Blank), a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. But when she foils what seems like her last shot at success, she’s left with no choice but to reinvent herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime. “The Forty-Year-Old Version” follows Radha as she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theater on a quest to find her true voice.
“Time” (Documentary) – Directed by Garrett Bradley (In Theaters; Available on Amazon Prime October 16)
Fox Rich is a fighter. The entrepreneur, abolitionist, and mother of six boys has spent the last two decades campaigning for the release of her husband, Rob G. Rich, who is serving a 60-year sentence for a robbery they both committed in the early ’90s, in a moment of desperation. Combining the video diaries Fox has recorded for Rob over the years with intimate glimpses of her present-day life, director Garrett Bradley paints a mesmerizing portrait of the resilience and radical love necessary to prevail over the endless separations of the country’s prison-industrial complex.
“Yellow Rose” – Directed by Diane Paragas; Written by Diane Paragas, Annie J. Howell, and Celena Cipriaso (In Theaters)
“Yellow Rose” is the timely story of a Filipina teen (Eva Noblezada) from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has known.
“Fly Like a Girl” (Documentary) – Directed by Katie McEntire Wiatt (In Theaters and on VOD)
“Fly Like a Girl” is more than just a film, it’s a movement of young girls and women relentlessly pursuing their passion for aviation — a field currently dominated by men. Hearing first-hand stories from girls and women who dared to aim higher, from a Lego-loving young girl who includes female pilots in her toy airplanes to a courageous woman who helped lead shuttle missions to space, “Fly Like a Girl” shows us that women are in charge of their own destiny.
“The Planters” – Written and Directed by Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder (In Theaters)
Martha Plant (Alexandra Kotcheff) is an awkward telemarketer who’s down and out — sucking at her job and grieving her recently deceased parents. When she finds unlikely friendship in Sadie Mayflower (Hannah Leder), a bubbly vagrant with multiple personalities, Martha discovers having three friends in one may be more than she bargained for.
“The Doorman” (Available on VOD)
A woman (Ruby Rose) returns from combat and befriends a family in NYC, a gang of thieves plot to take the family’s valuables, and she is all that stands between them and their lives.
“Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton” (Documentary) – Written by Megan Harrington and Matthew Donlan (In Theaters)
This is the inspiring true story of a poor Irish immigrant who sets sail for America in 1928 with dreams of becoming a millionaire but, with the help of the most iconic celebrities of Hollywood, ends up spending his life championing the message, “The family that prays together stays together.”
“Nocturne” – Written and Directed by Zu Quirke (Available on Amazon Prime)
When a virtuoso music student commits suicide days before an important concert, her death unleashes a supernatural force in “Nocturne,” an unsettling tale of sibling rivalry set at a prestigious arts academy. Having grown up in the shadow of her more talented twin sister, shy piano student Juliet Lowe (Sydney Sweeney) is used to always being second-best when it comes to music. But when she finds a mysterious notebook that belonged to the school’s recently deceased star soloist, her playing miraculously begins to improve and she soon eclipses her sister, Vivian (Madison Iseman), as the academy’s top student. Along with her newfound abilities, however, comes a series of frightening premonitions. As Juliet’s visions grow more nightmarish, she discovers the true cost of achieving artistic perfection.
“Evil Eye” – Written by Madhuri Shekar (Available on Amazon Prime)
At home in Delhi, India, proud parent Usha Khatri (Sarita Choudhury) is overjoyed when her daughter Pallavi (Sunita Mani) calls from New Orleans with news she has met someone special. But as Usha learns more about Pallavi’s wealthy boyfriend, Sandeep (Omar Maskati), she becomes convinced something more nefarious than chance brought the young couple together. When Pallavi announces her engagement to Sandeep, mother and daughter are forced to confront dark family secrets and a terrifying supernatural force in this stylish psychological thriller.
“The Complex: Lockdown” – Written by Lynn Renee Maxcy (Available on VOD)
After a major bio-weapon attack on London, two scientists debate whether to save a suspected terrorist’s life. However, assassins have infiltrated the building and soon our scientists find themselves with time, and options, running out.
“Blackpink: Light Up the Sky” (Documentary) – Directed by Caroline Suh (Available on Netflix)
Netflix’s first K-pop documentary charts the meteoric rise of the South Korean four-member superstar girl group Blackpink. “Blackpink: Light Up the Sky” interweaves exclusive interviews with never-before-seen footage of Blackpink members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa, from their trainee days to the global sensations they are today. Viewers will get a first look into the recording process of the band’s follow-up album, which depicts the highs and lows of being a K-pop idol group, and showcases each member’s incredible talent that when combined, creates the uniquely trailblazing DNA of Blackpink. The film culminates with their historic 2019 Coachella performance, where Blackpink was the first K-pop girl group to take on the Coachella stage.
“In Case of Emergency” (Documentary) – Directed by Carolyn Jones (Available on KinoNow and VOD)
“In Case of Emergency” is a documentary that paints a startling picture of our ERs stretched to the breaking point and exposes the extent of our nation’s broken safety net. All of our country’s biggest public health challenges — from COVID-19 to the opioid crisis to gun violence to lack of insurance — collide in emergency departments. Nearly half of all medical care in the U.S. is delivered in ERs and nurses are on the frontlines, addressing our physical and emotional needs before sending us back out into the world. “In Case of Emergency” follows 16 emergency nurses across the U.S, shedding light on their efforts to help break a sometimes-vicious cycle for patients under their care.
“A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting” – Directed by Rachel Talalay (Available on Netflix)
When high school freshman Kelly Ferguson (Tamara Smart) reluctantly agrees to babysit Jacob Zellman (Ian Ho) on Halloween, the last thing she expects is to be recruited into an international secret society of babysitters who protect kids with special powers from monsters. In order to keep Jacob safe from harm, Kelly teams with no-nonsense chapter Vice President Liz Lerue (Oona Laurence), tech genius Berna Vincent (Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson), creature expert Cassie Zhen (Lynn Masako Cheng), and potions master Curtis Critter (Ty Consiglio) to defeat a Boogeyman known as “The Grand Guignol” (Tom Felton), a glamorous witch named “Peggy Drood” (Indya Moore), and their legion of mysterious monsters.
“Belly of the Beast’’(Documentary) – Directed by Erika Cohn (In Theaters)
When an unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilizations in women’s prisons, they wage a near-impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Filmed over seven years with extraordinary access and intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people, the documentary feature “Belly of the Beast” exposes modern-day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons.
“What the Constitution Means to Me” (Filmed Stage Production) – Directed by Marielle Heller; Written by Heidi Schreck (Available on Amazon Prime)
Direct from Broadway, playwright Heidi Schreck’s boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans. Fifteen-year-old Heidi earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human play, she resurrects her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.
“Herself” – Directed by Phyllida Lloyd; Written by Clare Dunne and Malcolm Campbell (In UK Theaters)
Sandra (Clare Dunne), on the surface of it, is a young mother struggling to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe, happy home to grow up in. Beneath the surface, Sandra has a steely determination to change their lives for the better and when it becomes clear that the local council won’t provide that home, she decides to build it herself from scratch. With very little income to speak of and no savings, Sandra must use all her ingenuity to make her ambitious dream a reality. At the same time, she must escape the grip of her possessive ex-husband and keep him away from her and her girls. The lionhearted Sandra draws together a community of friends to support her and lend a helping hand and it is the kindness and generosity of these people and the love of her young daughters that help rebuild her own strength and sense of self.
“She Is the Ocean” (Documentary) – Written and Directed by Inna Blokhina (In Theaters and Virtual Cinemas)
A woman is like the ocean: a true force of nature. “She Is the Ocean” follows nine extraordinary women, scattered across all corners of the globe. But they are united by the same sea, and their love for these waters is matched only by their dedication to preserve and protect them. A journey of both natural beauty and human empathy, “She Is the Ocean” is the story of powerful women with depths unknown.
“The Devil Has a Name” (In Theaters and on VOD)
An ambitious oil executive (Kate Bosworth) leaves the whole industry exposed when she attempts to outwit a recently widowed farmer whose water she has poisoned.
“Clouds” – Written by Kara Holden (Available on Disney+)
Zach Sobiech (Fin Argus) is a fun-loving high school student with raw musical talent living with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. At the start of his senior year, he is ready to take on the world, however when he receives the news that the disease has spread, he and his best friend and songwriting partner, Sammy (Sabrina Carpenter), decide to spend Zach’s limited time following their dreams. With the help of Zach’s mentor and teacher, Mr. Weaver (Lil Rel Howery), Zach and Sammy are given the chance of a lifetime and are offered a record deal. Along with the support of the love of his life, Amy (Madison Iseman), and his parents, Rob and Laura (Tom Everett Scott and Neve Campbell), Zach embarks on an unforgettable journey of friendship, love, and the power of music.
“2 Hearts” – Written by Veronica Hool and Robin U. Russin (In Theaters)
For two couples the future unfolds in different decades and different places, but a hidden connection will bring them together in a way no one could have predicted.
“The State of Texas vs. Melissa” (Documentary) – Directed by Sabrina Van Tassel (Available on VOD)
“The State of Texas vs. Melissa” explores the life journey of Melissa Lucio, the first Hispanic woman to be sentenced to death in the state of Texas. For over 10 years she has been awaiting her fate, and now faces her last appeal. No one had ever seen Melissa be violent towards her children, yet she was blamed for the daily abuse and subsequent death of her two-year-old daughter, who died from blunt head trauma. Set in the heart of the Latino community of South Texas, the film takes a look at Melissa’s broken childhood, her adult life plagued by poverty and prejudice, and the miscarriage of justice Melissa faced, from the court appointed attorney who willingly set aside evidence, to the district attorney who used her case to help his re-election. “The State of Texas vs. Melissa” is the portrait of a woman’s fight against an entire system.
“The Sounding” – Directed by Catherine Eaton; Written by Catherine Eaton and Bryan Delaney (Available on VOD)
Raised on a remote island by her grandfather Lionel (Harris Yulin), Liv (Catherine Eaton) has never spoken. When Lionel discovers he’s dying, he calls the driven, privileged son (Teddy Sears) of his best friend to the island and asks him to protect Liv’s independence, alongside Lionel’s attorney (Frankie Faison). That night, as Lionel is reading to Liv, his voice fails him. Liv picks up the book of Shakespeare and begins — first reading, then weaving a new language from Shakespeare’s words. She is committed to a psychiatric hospital and becomes a full-blown rebel; her increasing violence threatens to keep her locked up for life as she fights for her voice and her freedom.
“Linda and The Mockingbirds” (Documentary) (Available on VOD)
“Linda and The Mockingbirds” chronicles a road trip with Linda Ronstadt, musician Jackson Browne, and a tour bus full of young singers, dancers, and instrumentalists to the small town of Banámichi in the Mexican state of Sonora, where Ronstadt’s grandfather grew up. There they meet up with their Mexican counterparts, the folkloric dance troupe Grupo de Danza Xunutzi, and put on soulful performances showcasing Mexican culture.
“How to Fix a Primary” (Documentary) – Written and Directed by Brittany Huckabee (Available on VOD)
You may know him as a CNN expert on COVID-19. But Abdul El-Sayed had a previous life. “How to Fix a Primary” follows the young doctor as he takes on Michigan’s political establishment in a bid to become the first Muslim governor in U.S. history. With exclusive access and full editorial control, the film follows Abdul and his underdog team in this battleground state as they hustle to gain endorsements from Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while confronting Islamophobia and a system that seems rigged against them.
“Rebecca” – Written by Jane Goldman, Anna Waterhouse, and Joe Shrapnel (Available on Netflix)
After a whirlwind romance in Monte Carlo with handsome widower Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a newly married young woman (Lily James) arrives at Manderley, her new husband’s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Naive and inexperienced, she begins to settle into the trappings of her new life, but finds herself battling the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, the elegant and urbane Rebecca, whose haunting legacy is kept alive by Manderley’s sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott Thomas).
“Surge” (Documentary) – Directed by Hannah Rosenzweig and Wendy Sachs (Available on VOD)
“Surge” is a feature documentary about the record number of first-time female candidates who ran, won, and upended politics in what became the historic, barrier-breaking 2018 midterm elections. The film explores whether this is another moment in women’s political history or the beginning of a true movement. “Surge” follows three congressional candidates in Texas, Indiana, and Illinois, who were each looking to flip their deep red districts to blue, including Lauren Underwood, the youngest Black woman ever to be elected to Congress. The film exposes the double standards, biases, and brutal realities women face running for Congress — some, incredibly enough, without the support of their own party. “Surge” is not only about women running for office, but about women getting behind women running for office. It powerfully taps into the collective urgency of this time with a hopeful message that grassroots activism works and unlikely candidates can win.
“Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold the Concert” (Concert Film) (In Theaters October 21 and October 25 Only)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon Stevie Nicks brings her legendary music to the big screen when “Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold The Concert” comes to select cinemas for two nights only. Recorded over two nights during her sold-out 24 Karat Gold Tour, the film features a set-list of fan favorites and rare gems from Stevie’s multi-platinum selling catalog. The film also highlights Stevie’s intuitive and intimate storytelling abilities, captivating audiences with personal stories behind some of the most famous songs in music history.
“Radium Girls” – Directed by Lydia Dean Pilcher and Ginny Mohler; Written by Ginny Mohler and Brittany Shaw (In Select Theaters and Virtual Cinemas)
Based on true events set in 1928, in New Jersey, teenage sisters Bessie (Joey King) and Jo (Abby Quinn) dream of faraway places as they paint glow-in-the-dark watch dials at the American Radium Factory. When Jo loses a tooth, Bessie’s world turns upside down as the mystery of Jo’s disease slowly unravels. Bessie befriends two young activists and in a radical coming of age, she exposes a corporate scandal. Bessie and the “Radium Girls” file a lawsuit against American Radium. This notorious case ultimately led to a lasting impact in the area of workplace health and safety as well as the study of radioactivity.
“Bad Hair” (Available on Hulu)
In this horror satire set in 1989, an ambitious young woman (Elle Lorraine) gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career comes at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own.
“Friendsgiving” – Written and Directed by Nicol Paone (In Theaters and on VOD)
Abby (Kat Dennings) is looking forward to a laid-back Thanksgiving with her best friend Molly (Malin Åkerman). But the friends’ plans for a quiet turkey dinner go up in smoke when they’re joined by Molly’s new boyfriend and her flamboyant mother. Throw in some party crashers, including Molly’s old flame, a wannabe shaman, and a trio of Fairy Gay Mothers, and it’s a recipe for a comically chaotic holiday no one will ever forget — even if they wanted to!
“After We Collided” – Written by Anna Todd and Mario Celaya (In Theaters and on VOD)
In this second installment based on the worldwide bestseller “After,” we follow Tessa’s (Josephine Langford) intense breakup and its aftermath. Will love overcome the past?
“The Craft: Legacy” – Written and Directed by Zoe Lister-Jones (Available on VOD)
In Blumhouse’s continuation of the cult hit “The Craft,” an eclectic foursome of aspiring teenage witches get more than they bargained for as they lean into their newfound powers. Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan, and David Duchovny star.