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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

movies by or about women opening US/Can from Wed Aug 01

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female director, female coscreenwriter, female protagonist
The Spy Who Dumped Me [pictured]
Susanna Fogel directs and cowrites this action comedy about two women (Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon) caught up in a spy caper.
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female director, male screenwriter, female protagonist
The Darkest Minds
Jennifer Yuh Nelson directs this sci-fi thriller about a teenage girl (Amandla Stenberg) trying to find her way in a future in which superpowered children are feared by adults. Costarring Mandy Moore and Gwendoline Christie. (male writer)
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male director, female coscreenwriter, male protagonist
Disney’s Christopher Robin
Allison Schroeder cowrites this comedy about a man who has an adventure with his childhood toys. (male director)
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Desiree Akhavan directs and cowrites, with Cecilia Frugiuele, this drama about a teenaged girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) forced into gay-conversion therapy. Costarring Sasha Lane and Emily Skeggs.
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Never Goin’ Back
ugustine Frizzell writes and directs this comedy about two teenaged stoner losers (Maia Mitchell and Camila Morrone).
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Night Comes On
Jordana Spiro directs and cowrites, with Angelica Nwandu, this drama about a teenaged girl (Dominique Fishback) on a quest for revenge after she is released from juvenile detention. Costarring Tatum Marilyn Hall.
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Nico, 1988
Susanna Nicchiarelli writes and directs this biographical drama about the German singer and Andy Warhol cohort (Trine Dyrholm).
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female director, female screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Milla
Valérie Massadian writes and directs this French drama about teens in love and heading toward parenthood. Costarring Severine Jonckeere.
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male director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Urban Country
Gianna Montelaro writes this drama about a teenaged girl (Brighton Sharbino) who must choose between city excitement and country life.
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
The Forest of the Lost Souls
Daniela Love costars in this Portuguese horror mystery about strangers who strike up a friendship in a haunted place. (male writer-director)
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  • Tonio Kruger

    I hope for your sake, MaryAnn, that The Spy Who Dumped Me is a lot better than its trailer suggests. Then again, it would almost have to be.

    Also, Kaye McKinnon? Isn’t her first name Kate?

  • Yes, it is. I’ve fixed my typo. Thanks for pointing it out.

    I haven’t seen the film yet — it doesn’t open in the UK for a few weeks — so I can’t say yet if the movie is any good.

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