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Weekly Update July 19th: Women Centric, Written and Directed Films Playing Near You

Women and Hollywood By Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood July 19, 2013 at 3:00PM

Weekly Update July 19th: Women Centric, Written and Directed Films Playing Near You
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Girl Most Likely
Girl Most Likely
Films About Women Opening This Weekend

Girl Most Likely - Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, written by Michelle Morgan

Kristen Wiig could have made another Bridesmaids type movie for her first big foray out of the gate since that film, but she went in a completely different direction with Girl Most Likely. Unlike Bridesmaids, this film is not a comedy, it's really not even funny, it's pretty sad. It's the story of Imogene, a playwright, who once had a lot of promise but she has lost track of herself and her goals. She spent her life running away from her family and wound up getting caught up in a world of awful people and completely loses herself. She hits rock bottom and is forced to go home, the place she thought she hated the most, and deal with her family -- her mother with impulse control issues played by Annette Bening and a brother who is happier talking to crabs than people. But it is with her family -- and the boarder played by Darren Criss -- that she is able to get back to her true self and get her act together. (Melissa Silverstein)

Films About Women Currently Playing

The Hot Flashes - Directed by Susan Seidelman

The Heat - Written by Katie Dippold

Byzantium

A Girl And A Gun - Directed by Cathryne Czubek (doc)

The Bling Ring - written and directed by Sofia Coppola

The Wall

Hannah Arendt - Directed by Margarethe von Trotta

The East - Co-Written by Brit Marling

Shadow Dancer

Fill The Void - Written and Directed by Rama Burshstein

Frances Ha - Co-Written by Greta Gerwig

Augustine - Directed by Alice Winocour

Stories We Tell - Directed by Sarah Polley (doc)

What Maisie Knew - Co-Written by Nancy Doyne

The Sapphires

Films Directed by Women Opening This Weekend

Blackfish - Directed by Gabriela Coperthwaite (doc)

Going to a SeaWorld type park or aquarium to observe the large killer whales and dolphins in captivity is a normal rite of passage for most American kids. It's not supposed to be controversial. No more. Blackfish blows the whole industry literally out of the water. The doc directed by Gabriela Coperthwaite is an expose that shows that while it is fun for the audiences to see these big fish perform, it is not so fun for the animals. They live in areas not big enough for them, and are subjected to extremely cruel training. On top of that accidents and even deaths are covered up and swept under the rug.

The movie is heartbreaking. The most difficult moment was watching how they steal, yes steal, the baby whales from their mothers to put them in these parks to entertain us. The screaming and crying of the mothers and the babies made me weep. Never again will I go to one of these parks, and I will tell everyone I know not to give money to help perpetuate this horrific industry. (Melissa Silverstein)

The Guide - Directed by Jessica Yu (doc)

The Guide is a coming-of-age tale set against the restoration of a war-torn national park in Mozambique. Raised near Gorongosa National Park, young Tonga Torcida dreams of becoming a tour guide. But when he meets famed biologist E.O. Wilson, his new view of the world around him, and his future, places him at a crossroads. Should Tonga become a guide, or take on a bigger role in trying to keep the park alive? (IMDB)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Some Girl(s) - Directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer

Love Is All You Need - Directed by Susanne Bier

No Place on Earth - Directed by Janet Tobias (doc)

Hava Naglia: The Movie - Directed by Roberta Grossman (doc)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Before Midnight - Co-Written by Julie Delpy

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

Flying Lessons

With her life at a crossroads, 25 year old Sophie Conway (Maggie Grace) returns home to the small town she always wanted to forget. Once home, she is faced with the friends and lovers she left behind, a tangled relationship with her Mother, and Harry Pleasant, an Alzheimer's Disease patient who, in an opposing way, shares Sophie's struggle to remember.

Hunky Dory

In the heat of the summer of 1976, drama teacher Vivienne (Minnie Driver) fights sweltering heat and general teenage apathy to put on an end-of-term version of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Orphan Black Season 1

A streetwise hustler (Tatiana Maslany) witnesses the suicide of a girl who looks just like her and falls headlong into a deadly mystery.

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