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Weekly Update for January 10: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

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by Inkoo Kang
January 10, 2014 5:17 PM
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Films Directed By and About Women Opening

The Truth About Emanuel - Written and Directed by Francesca Gregorini

Emanuel (Kaya Scodelario), a troubled girl, becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor (Jessica Biel), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to babysit her newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper. (IMDB)

In Bloom - Written and Co-Directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili

Early nineties, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilante justice that plagues society. But for Eka and Natia, fourteen-year-old inseparable friends, life just unfolds: in the street, at school, with friends or elder sisters who are already dealing with men's dominance, early marriage and disillusioned love. For these two girls in bloom life just goes on.  (IMDB) 

Free Ride - Written and Directed by Shana Betz 

In search of a better life for her family and desperate to escape her tumultuous relationship, Christina (Anna Paquin) hastily moves to Florida and enters the dangerous world of the high-stakes underground drug scene. She quickly learns that dealing drugs at the height of South Florida's smuggling heyday has its price. As law enforcement closes in on Christina and her drug operation, she must find a way to salvage the life she has desperately worked to repair before it all comes crashing down. (IMDB)


Films About Women Opening

Raze

In an adult twist on The Hunger Games, fifty young women are forced to fight to the death. In my Los Angeles Times review, I call the film "a sweaty, queasy, bruising experience -- and a superbly crafted film. With a few short brushstrokes, Robert Beaucage's unsentimental script makes people out of its female characters while building to a satisfying, somewhat surprising climax. A few gestures toward a larger point about biblical misogyny ring false, but the film evinces a tragic, well-observed truth about female disposability." (Inkoo Kang)

Cold Comes the Night

A dangerous criminal Bryan Cranston) takes a desperate hotel owner (Alice Eve) and her young daughter (Ursula Parker) hostage in a last-ditch effort to retrieve his missing cash from a corrupt cop in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.  (IMDB)

The Banshee Chapter

On the trail of a missing friend (Michael McMillian) who had been experimenting with mind-altering drugs, a young journalist (Katia Winter) -- aided by a rogue counter-culture writer (Ted Levine) -- finds herself drawn into the dangerous world of top-secret government chemical research and the mystery of a disturbing radio signal of unknown origin. A fast-paced thriller blending fact and fiction, Banshee Chapter is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA. (IMDB)

The Wait 

Two sisters decide to keep their deceased mother in their home after being informed that she will come back to life. (IMDB). 


Films About Women Currently Playing

August: Osage County

All the Light in the Sky - Co-Written by Jane Adams 

Let's Ruin It with Babies - Written, Directed, and Starring Kestrin Pantera 

The Invisible Woman - Written by Abi Morgan

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

Paradise Hope - Co-Written by Veronika Franz 

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

The Punk Singer (doc) - Directed by Sini Anderson 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Book Thief

Blue is the Warmest Color

Gravity

Enough Said - Written and Directed by Nicole Holofcener

Wadjda - Written and Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

Blue Jasmine


Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

The Selfish Giant

The Crash Reel - Co-Written and Directed by Lucy Walker

Black Nativity - Co-Written and Directed by Kasi Lemmons


Films Written by Women Currently Playing

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

Dallas Buyers Club - Co-Written by Melissa Wallack 


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

20 Feet from Stardom

Carrie - Directed by Kimberly Peirce 

Enough Said

Short Term 12 

Vino Veritas 

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