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New This Week (01/13/2023): Adult Adoption, The Quiet Epidemic, The Territory, & More!

January 13, 2023

By John Corrado

New releases for the week of January 13th, 2023.

Theatrical Releases:

The Quiet Epidemic

Adult Adoption (Limited Release): This Toronto-set feature debut from director Karen Knox (CBC Gem’s Homeschooled) focuses on an emotionally immature young woman (played by Ellie Moon, who also wrote the screenplay) going through the process of “adult adoption” after aging out of the foster care system. It’s a quirky film (right down to the pastel colour palate), but one that’s grounded by a sense of loneliness and pathos running through it. A solid debut for Knox and Moon. Opens January 14th at the Revue Cinema in Toronto. (Full Review)

The Quiet Epidemic (Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema): One of the better movies I saw at Hot Docs last year, this documentary focuses on chronic Lyme disease and the controversies around it within the medical community. Directors Lindsay Keys and Winslow Crane-Murdoch offer an exhaustive and compellingly researched deep dive, doing an impressive job of presenting us with a lot of information in a compelling and easy to follow way. They put a human face on the subject through the moving story of Julia Bruzzese, a once-active teen girl in Brooklyn suffering from the illness, whose father pursued the diagnosis against the advice of dismissive doctors. (Full Review)

More Releases: A Man Called Otto (Wide), Plane (Wide), Door Mouse (Limited), Skinamarink (Limited), Alcarràs (TIFF Bell Lightbox), Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age (Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema), The Super 8 Years (Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)

Streaming Releases:

The Territory

The Territory (Disney+): Produced by Darren Aronofsky, the Oscar-shortlisted National Geographic documentary The Territory follows the young Indigenous environmental activists from the Uru-eu-wau-wau tribe in Brazil who find themselves fighting back against deforestation when a group of farmers take control of a protected area of the Amazon. Set around the election of Jair Bolsonaro in 2018, it’s a decent environmental doc that offers engaging access and features some interesting cinematography, including some thrilling on the ground footage shot by the Uru-eu-wau-wau themselves to document the threat they are facing.

More Releases: Retrograde (Disney+), Dog Gone (Netflix), Falling (CBC Gem), Door Mouse (Digital/VOD), The Old Way (Digital/VOD)

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