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New This Week (09/23/2022): Don’t Worry Darling, Eternal Spring, Blonde, & More!

September 23, 2022

By John Corrado

New releases for the week of September 23rd, 2022.

Theatrical Releases:

Avatar (Theatrical Re-Release): Disney is re-releasing James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar back into theatres today, in 3D and IMAX, leading up to the release of the long-awaited sequel Avatar: The Way of Water in December.

Don’t Worry Darling (Wide Release): After a lot of early buzz and behind the scenes drama that has trickled out into the open, Olivia Wilde’s ambitious second feature starring Florence Pugh and Harry Styles is finally opening this weekend. I saw it at one of the early shows yesterday, and it’s neither as good nor as bad as it could have been, and ultimately a thoroughly mediocre, undercooked affair that should still draw an audience for its stars. (Full Review)

Eternal Spring (Limited Release): Director Jason Loftus’s documentary Eternal Spring won both the Audience Award and Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary at this year’s Hot Docs. The film uses vivid animation to recount the story of a group of activists who hijacked a Chinese state TV broadcast to challenge propaganda about the persecuted religious group Falun Gong. It’s very well done, and also Canada’s official Oscar submission for Best International Feature, so worth checking out. (Hot Docs 2022 Review)

Blonde (Limited Release): There is a ton of controversy surrounding Andrew Dominik’s NC-17 biopic of Marilyn Monroe, which stars Ana de Armas in the iconic role. I’m incredibly curious to check it out for myself in the next little bit. It’s opening today in limited release at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, before coming to Netflix on September 28th. (Review coming soon!)

More Releases: Bandit (Limited), Clerks III (Limited), Catherine Called Birdy (TIFF Bell Lightbox), God’s Country (TIFF Bell Lightbox)

Streaming Releases:

On the Come Up (Paramount+): I was not a fan of this one at TIFF. It’s an adaptation of a novel by Angie Thomas (who also wrote The Hate U Give), and follows an aspiring battle rapper. I found it to be heavy-handed, cliched, and not particularly well made. But younger audiences and fans of the book may beg to differ. (TIFF 2022 Review)

More Releases: Sidney (Apple TV+), A Jazzman’s Blues (Netflix), Athena (Netflix), Blank (VOD)

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