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I have a confession to make: I really don’t care about Eddie Redmayne. I know that this may upset some people: Fans either love him (for performances like The Theory of Everything) or hate him (for Jupiter Ascending). Whatever their opinions, a lot of people have really strong feelings about him. For me, he’s rice pudding: Wobbly and pasty and too sweet, but if it’s the only dessert option, yeah, sure, whatever. So when I walked into The Danish Girl, it would be fair to say that I was preparing to be underwhelmed. Read More
MustangDirected by Deniz Gamze ErgüvenOut November 20 First-time filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven illustrates the state of women’s rights in Turkey with this portrait of five sisters whose fates have spun out of their control. Lale (Güneş Şensoy) and her sisters have enjoyed a certain amount of freedom since the death of their parents, but their grandmother and uncle put them on lockdown after an incident at the beach scandalizes them. Read More
  Ready or not, here we go!    1. The Pitt added to Angelina Jolie’s name      ICYMI: The writer, director and star of By The Sea is none other than Angelina Jolie Pitt. For this film that she co-stars in with Brad, she has added on the Pitt to her name.    2. Picturesque shots of a remote town that is, you guessed it, by the sea   Throughout the film, one of the highlights has to be the sheer beauty of the setting. Read More
  Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, is a horrific and heartbreaking story of a woman kidnapped and trapped in a room for 7 years with her son by her kidnapper. Is it good? It can’t really be placed on the spectrum of good and bad. It’s tragic and bleak and you want to turn it off just about every five minutes. It’s an ambitiously unique kidnapping story that teeters dangerously near needlessly gruesome. But the performances of the two main actors tip it into beautiful. Read More
Miss You Already brings women into focus, both in front of and behind the camera lens. Starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette as best friends who have been through it all together, the film directed by Catherine Hardwicke explores the intricacies of female friendships with the kind of soul that will have you sobbing when you exit the theater. When free-spirited, life-loving Milly (Collette) is diagnosed with breast cancer, Jess (Barrymore) is the first person she tells. But when Jess gets pregnant after years of trying, Milly is one of the last people she tells. Read More
You’ll likely feel a sense of deja vu while watching Bare, the debut feature film from director Natalia Leite. There are shades of movies from What’s Eating Gilbert Grape to Blue Is The Warmest Color to Coyote Ugly, but Bare spans genres: it’s part coming-of-age story, part family drama, part LGBT romance. Though you’ll recognize familiar tropes, Leite’s direction and Dianna Agron’s performance mean that Bare is interesting in a way that feels new. Read More
Comedian Sarah Silverman shows her dramatic side in I Smile Back, a dark suburban drama about addiction and mental illness. Silverman’s character, Laney, is living a seemingly perfect life as a housewife and mother of two. But beneath the surface, she’s addicted to drugs, booze, and sex: an early scene shows her sleeping with her husband’s friend, doing coke, and then going to pick her kids up from school. After a binge leads to a collapse, she reluctantly goes to rehab. Read More
Wildlike, an indie film directed and written by Frank Hall Green, was a thoughtful look into the experience of a teenage victim of sexual assault. It had good intentions, iffy acting, a slow rhythm and most of all–desperately needed a trigger warning. Basic criticism aside, the film takes a new angle on displaying the point of view of a survivor of sexual assault. If it is one thing Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is, it's a survivor. Moving in with her uncle (Brian Geraghty) in Alaska, Mackenzie's future is at first seemingly full of opportunity. Read More
"The Keeping Room," directed by Daniel Barber, tells the story of three women in the apocalyptic last days of the Civil War.  With all the men gone, two sisters (Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld) and their slave (Muna Otaru) are struggling to survive. Their tense peace is shattered when, in search of medicine, the oldest sister Augusta (Marling) captures the attention of two rogue Yankee soldiers. Read More
Grandma Written and directed by Paul Weltz Out August 21 Grandma is one of those rare films that’s entirely about women. There are a handful of men, but none appear in more than one scene. Instead, the story focuses on a family of strong, complicated women. Lily Tomlin drives the film with her performance as Elle, the grandma from which the film takes its title. Elle is mourning both the death of her longtime partner and her recent breakup with her much-younger girlfriend (Judy Greer) when her teenage granddaughter, Sage (Julia Garner), asks for help. Read More