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Herself (2020) R 

Herself

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Sandra (Clare Dunne) decides to take her two young girls and leave her abusive husband. Stuck working two jobs just to get by and frustrated by the system that seems to punish more than helping her out, Sandra decides to build a home on her own, for herself and her family.     Herself Website

What to Watch For: The film won two awards at the 2020 Dublin International Film Festival and is directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mama Mia!, The Iron Lady).

Word on the Street: The lead actress, Clare Dunne, co-wrote the screenplay with Malcolm Campbell (What Richard Did, Ackley Bridge).

My Take: I hear great things from other film critics that have seen this film.

 

Pieces of a Woman (2020) R

Shadow in the Cloud

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Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) seem to have everything going for them; both have great jobs, are in love, and they are about to have their first child. When the child’s birth goes horribly wrong at home, their relationship begins to fall apart under the strain of the loss of a child.   Pieces of a Woman Website

What to Watch For: Vanessa Kirby won the Best Actress award at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.

Word on the Street: The film is directed by Kornel Mundruczo, the award-winning director of White God (2014) and Jupiter’s Moon (2017).

My Take: This film appears on a lot of film critics’ best of the year lists.

 

Shadow in the Cloud (2020) R

Shadow in the Cloud

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A female WWII pilot, Maude (Chloë Grace Moretz), snags a seat on a B-17 Flying Fortress to deliver top-secret documents. While in flight, the crew and Maude encounter an evil presence on board the flight.  Shadow in the Cloud Info

What to Watch For: The film premiered at the Midnight Madness section of the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award.

Word on the Street: The film is co-written and directed by Roseanne Laing, known for her award-winning short Do No Harm.

My Take: I’ve enjoyed following Chloë Grace Moretz’s career since she appeared as Rachel in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer.

 

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela   (2020)  

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

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Not long ago, the small village of Congo Mirador in Venezuela was a prosperous, alive community of fishermen and poets. Now it is decaying and disintegrating before our eyes…a reflection of Venezuela itself.    Once Upon a Time in Venezuela Website

What to Watch For: The film was the first Venezuelan documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.

Word on the Street; Once Upon a Time in Venezuela is the country’s official Oscar submission for the Academy Award for Best International Feature.

My Take: I missed it at this year’s Atlanta Film Festival, but I will make sure to see it this time.