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Weekly Update for February 7: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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by Inkoo Kang
February 7, 2014 3:00 PM
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Still from "The Pretty One"

Films About Women Opening

The Pretty One - Written and Directed by Jenee LaMarque

Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) stars as a pair of identical twins in this pleasantly quirky dramedy. As much a sweet tale about learning to love oneself as it is a meditation on the malleability of femininity, The Pretty One centers on socially awkward Laurel, who impersonates her sister Audrey after the latter perishes in a car accident. (Inkoo Kang)

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

Few who see Vic + Flo Saw a Bear will forget it. The lesbian couple at the heart of this brutal Canadian drama have two catastrophes heading their way: their slow-as-molasses break-up and a sudden burst of violence. In my Village Voice review, I call it an "exceptional French-language film [whose] strongest elements are borrowed from Greek tragedy. It's an ominous, claustrophobic, unhappily sapphic work whose thunderclap of a climax instills terror and awe of the fates' petty, whimsical cruelties." (Inkoo Kang)

Nurse 3D

By day Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn't hesitate to trust your life with. But by night, her real work begins -- using her smoldering sexuality, she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect Abby's actions and compromises her master plan, Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you'd least expect to justice. (IMDB)

Vampire Academy

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story. (IMDB)

Films By and About Women Currently Playing

The Square (doc) - Directed by Jehane Noujaim 

Somewhere Slow

California Scheming

Best Night Ever 

Gimme Shelter

Gloria

Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America (doc)

Maidentrip (doc) - Directed by Jillian Schlesinger; Written by Laura Dekker, Penelope Falk, Jillian Schlesinger

August: Osage County

The Invisible Woman - Written by Abi Morgan

Saving Mr. Banks - Written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith

Frozen - Co-Written and Co-Directed by Jennifer Lee

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Book Thief

Blue is the Warmest Color

Gravity

Films Directed by Women Opening

Mars at Sunrise - Written and Directed by Jessica Habie 

Mars at Sunrise is the story of a war waged on imagination. A painter's resistance, courage and spirit can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized story of the conflict of two frustrated artists on either side of Israel's militarized borders. Inspired by the creative journey of renowned Palestinian artist in exile Hani Zurob and on true stories and testimonies from the region, we witness expression, confinement, torture, jealousy, courage and freedom as both artists from each culture strive to paint a picture of life surrounded by conflict. (Press Material)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing 

Brightest Star - Written and Directed by Maggie Kiley 

Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys (doc) - Directed by Jessica Orek

Films Written by Women Opening

A Field in England - Written by Amy Jump

Three soldiers who, fleeing from a Civil War, escape through an overgrown field and are ambushed by two dangerous men, who make them search the field for treasures. (IMDB)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage - Co-Written by Evelyn Gabai

Devil's Due - Written by Lindsay Devlin 

The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug - Co-Written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens 

Films By and About Women on DVD/And Or On Demand

A Case of You - Directed by Kat Cairo

How I Live Now - Co-Written by Penelope Skinner 

The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (doc) - Directed by Sophie Fiennes 

Wadjda - Written and Directed by Haifaa Al-Monsour 

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