New French Netflix series "The 7 Lives of Lea".

New Shows + Movies by Women — April 29, 2022

We’re covering the last two weeks since I had a brief break last week. It’s a really strong moment for new series by women covering several different platforms – but with a trio premiering on Showtime. Let’s get straight in since there’s a lot. New shows come from France, the UK, and the U.S., while new movies come from France, Germany, and the U.S.

NEW SERIES

Shining Girls (Apple TV+)
showrunner Silka Luisa

Elisabeth Moss stars as a woman who’s shifted between realities since an attack years before. She learns about a murder that’s linked to that assault, and partners with a reporter to investigate it.

Showrunner Silka Luisa also wrote and produced on “Strange Angel”.

You can watch “Shining Girls” on Apple TV+.

The 7 Lives of Lea (Netflix)
showrunner Charlotte Sanson

A woman discovers the body of a teenager who went missing 30 years ago. This triggers her to wake up in 1991, every day in the body of a different person as she tries to stop his murder.

Showrunner Charlotte Sanson is a fairly new voice. The French series is her first as showrunner.

You can watch “The 7 Lives of Lea” on Netflix.

The First Lady (Showtime)
directed by Susanne Bier

Viola Davis stars as Michelle Obama, Michelle Pfeiffer as Betty Ford, and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt in a series that leaps between time frames to reveal the influence of three former First Ladies. The series also stars Dakota Fanning, O-T Fagbenle, Aaron Eckhart, Kiefer Sutherland, Ellen Burstyn, Jackie Earle Haley, and Kate Mulgrew, just to name a few.

Director Susanne Bier won an Oscar for Best International Film (at the time Best Foreign Language Film) in 2011, for the Danish “Haevnen”.

You can watch “The First Lady” on Showtime.

The Man Who Fell to Earth (Showtime)
co-showrunner Jenny Lumet

Based on the 1963 novel, “The Man Who Fell to Earth” follows an alien with a mission to become human and seek out someone who can save his species. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, Bill Nighy, and Kate Mulgrew star. Ejiofor stars as the alien Faraday, but the series may also serve as something of a sequel to the 1976 film starring David Bowie: Nighy plays the alien that Bowie once did.

Jenny Lumet showruns with Alex Kurtzman. Lumet has written and produced on “Star Trek: Discovery”, “Star Trek: Picard”, and “Clarice”.

You can watch “The Man Who Fell to Earth” on Showtime.

The Offer (Paramount Plus)
showrunner Nikki Toscano

This behind-the-scenes drama follows the production of “The Godfather”. Miles Teller, Matthew Goode, Juno Temple, and Giovanni Ribisi star.

Showrunner Nikki Toscano has written and produced on “Revenge” and “Bates Motel”.

You can watch “The Offer” on Paramount Plus.

I Love That For You (Showtime)
showrunner Jessi Klein

Vanessa Bayer stars as Joanna, an aspiring home shopping host who lies about the return of childhood cancer in order to keep her job. Molly Shannon also stars.

Showrunner Jessi Klein has produced on “Dead to Me” and “Big Mouth”.

You can watch “I Love That For You” on Showtime.

NEW MOVIES

Crush (Hulu)
directed by Sammi Cohen

A student grudgingly joins her high school track team. It’s not all bad, though. She’s had a crush on one of her teammates for a long time…though training draws her closer to another.

The cast here is remarkably strong, with “Girl Meets World” and “Snowpiercer” actress Rowan Blanchard, Auli’i Cravalho (the voice of Moana), and Isabella Ferreira, who stole scenes as the lead’s cynical younger sister in “Love, Victor”.

“Crush” director Sammi Cohen is a longtime College Humor director and editor.

You can watch “Crush” on Hulu.

Rumspringa (Netflix)
directed by Mira Thiel

An Amish man goes to Berlin to discover his roots and face a choice about what kind of life he wants to lead moving forward. Can’t find a translated trailer on this one, but the film itself has a subtitled option.

The German comedy is directed by Mira Thiel, whose career has bridged fiction series and documentaries.

You can watch “Rumspringa” on Netflix.

The Aviary (VOD)
co-directed by Jennifer Raite

Two women flee a cult. They escape into the New Mexican desert, but their supplies run out and they can’t trust their own perceptions as reality bends in on itself.

Jennifer Raite writes and directs with Chris Cullari.

See where you can watch “The Aviary”.

A Mouthful of Air (Starz)
directed by Amy Koppelman

Amanda Seyfried stars as Julie, a children’s book author who suppresses her own past trauma. After her daughter is born, postpartum depression opens the door for it all to come flooding back.

This is Amy Koppelman’s first film as screenwriter or director.

You can watch “A Mouthful of Air” on Starz.

I Love America (Amazon)
directed by Lisa Azuelos

Sophie Marceau stars as a Parisian who uproots her life for Los Angeles in a film that blends French and English.

Director Lisa Azuelos previously helmed “LOL” and “A Chance Encounter”.

You can watch “I Love America” on Amazon.

Unplugging (VOD)
directed by Debra Neil-Fisher

A couple detox from all things digital in a remote town, but things quickly devolve into chaos.

This is the first film Debra Neil-Fisher directs, but you’ve almost surely seen her work before. A sought-after comedy editor, she edited the first two “Austin Powers” movies, all three “The Hangover” films, the 2020 “Sonic the Hedgehog”, and “Coming 2 America”.

You can rent “Unplugging” on Redbox.

9 Bullets (VOD)
directed by Gigi Gaston

Lena Headey stars as a burlesque dancer who attempts to protect a boy who’s being stalked by her ex.

Writer-director Gigi Gaston is a former Olympic Equestrian show jumper who shifted into music videos and later film directing.

See where you can watch “9 Bullets”.

Take a look at new shows + movies by women from past weeks.

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