The cast of Paper Girls pose against a wall.

New Shows + Movies by Women — July 29, 2022

There are many, many new entries this week, covering most major streaming platforms. You really should take your time to browse, so we’re going to skip the preamble and dive straight in:


Paper Girls (Amazon)
directed by women

It’s Halloween night in 1988 and four girls will have to time travel to save the world. “Paper Girls” is based on the Brian K. Vaughn comic book series.

Creator and co-showrunner Stephany Folsom left the show in the middle of principal photography on its first season, but she was involved in its pre-production. Mairzee Almas, Georgi Banks-Davies, Destiny Ekaragha, and Karen Gaviola each direct two episodes.

You can watch “Paper Girls” on Amazon. All 8 episodes are available immediately.

CW for “Surface”: suicide attempt

Surface (Apple TV+)
showrunner Veronica West

Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars as Sophie, who tries to piece together the jumble of memories that led up to her alleged suicide attempt.

Veronica West showruns. She also produced on “High Fidelity”.

You can watch “Surface” on Apple TV+. Three episodes are available now, with new ones arriving every Friday.

Keep Breathing (Netflix)
showrunner Maggie Kiley
directed by Maggie Kiley, Rebecca Rodriguez

A woman must survive alone after her plane crashes in the Canadian wilds.

Showrunner Maggie Kiley’s directed episodes of “Riverdale” and “Dirty John”, while Rebecca Rodriguez comes over from “Snowpiercer” and “Doom Patrol”.

You can watch “Keep Breathing” on Netflix. All 6 episodes are out on day one.

Another Self (Netflix)
directed by Burcu Alptekin

In this Turkish romance series, three best friends set off on a road trip in an attempt to break monotonous cycles and reshape their futures.

“Another Self” is directed by Burcu Alptekin, who also helmed episodes of popular Turkish series “The Protector” and “The Gift”.

You can watch “Another Self” on Netflix. All 8 episodes are available immediately.

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin (HBO Max)
directed by women

The fourth series in the “Pretty Little Liars” franchise finds a new set of girls being tormented. This time, the style leans more openly horror.

Lisa Soper, Cierra Glaude, and Maggie Kiley direct. Soper handles five episodes – she’s directed on “Peacemaker” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”.

You can watch “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin” on HBO Max. The first three episodes have premiered, and at least two episodes drop every Thursday.

Amber Brown (Apple TV+)
showrunner Bonnie Hunt

A girl navigates her parents’ divorce through art and music.

Bonnie Hunt showruns, based on the novel by Paula Danziger.

You can watch “Amber Brown” on Apple TV+. All 10 episodes are available immediately.

Rebel Cheer Squad – A Get Even Series (Netflix)
showrunner Holly Phillips
half-directed by Claire Tailyour

In the spirit of 2020 UK thriller “Get Even”, “Rebel Cheer Squad” finds a trio of cheerleaders at the same private school revive the original’s club to exposes bullies.

You can watch “Rebel Cheer Squad” on Netflix. All 8 episodes are available now.


Not Okay (Hulu)
directed by Quinn Shephard

A struggling writer accumulates followers by pretending to be in Paris, but her story puts her at the location of bombings. To maintain her newfound fame, she pretends to be a survivor, as the con grows a life of its own. (One of my favorite performances in recent years was Zoey Deutch’s con artist in Tanya Wexler’s “Buffaloed”, and I’m curious to see what she does with a different angle into similar territory.)

This is writer-director Quinn Shephard’s second feature film after “Blame”, a modern adaptation of “The Crucible”.

You can watch “Not Okay” on Hulu.

Honor Society (Paramount Plus)
directed by Oran Zegman

Honor is determined to get into Harvard. She targets three competitors, determined to undermine their chances…until she falls for one. The cast here’s worth noting, with Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin from “Stranger Things”) and Miku Martineau (from last year’s “Kate”) also starring.

This is director Oran Zegman’s first feature film.

You can watch “Honor Society” on Paramount Plus.

Topside (Hulu, Kanopy)
co-directed by Celine Held

A girl and her mother live in a hidden community: the abandoned subway tunnels underneath New York City.

Celine Held writes and directs with Logan George, as well as starring. Held has directed on the series “Servant”.

You can watch “Topside” on Hulu, Kanopy, or see where to rent it.

Paradise Highway (VOD)
directed by Anna Gutto

A truck driver is forced to smuggle to save her brother. She’s chased by the FBI, and soon finds out her cargo is a girl. Juliette Binoche, Morgan Freeman, and Frank Grillo star.

This is Anna Gutto’s first feature as writer or director.

You can rent “Paradise Highway” on Amazon, Google Play, or Vudu.

How to Please a Woman (VOD)
directed by Renee Webster

Fed up with her lot in life and freshly laid off, Gina manages an all-male combination cleaning-and-prostitution service in this Australian film.

This is writer-director Renee Webster’s first feature after directing on Australian series such as “The Heights”.

See where to rent “How to Please a Woman”.

Purple Hearts (Netflix)
directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

Cassie is a singer-songwriter whose health care isn’t keeping up with her needs. A marine agrees to marry her so she can share his military benefits, but their separation makes things more and more complex.

Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum directs. She’s previously helmed episodes of “Dead to Me” and “Empire”.

You can watch “Purple Hearts” on Netflix.

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

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