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movies by or about women opening US/Can Dec 17-Jan 04

State Like Sleep Katherine Waterston

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female director, male screenwriter, female protagonist
Mary Queen of Scots
Josie Rourke directs this historical drama about rival queens Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I (Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie) in 16th-century Britain. (male writer)
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male director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Bumblebee
Christina Hodson writes this sci-fi action-adventure about a teenaged girl (Hailee Steinfeld) who befriends a (coded-male) alien robot soldier. (male director)
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male director, female coscreenwriter, female protagonist
The Favourite
Deborah Davis cowrites this historical dramedy about intrigue at Queen Anne’s court. Starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz. (male director)
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male director, female coscreenwriter, female protagonist
Second Act
Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas cowrites this romantic comedy about a woman (Jennifer Lopez) who reinvents her life. Costarring Vanessa Hudgens and Leah Remini. (male director)
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male director, female coscreenwriter, female coprotagonist
Escape Room
Maria Melnik cowrites this sci-fi mystery about a group of people caught in a deadly puzzle. Costarring Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, and Jessica Sutton. (male director)
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male director, female coscreenwriter, male protagonist
Welcome to Marwen
Caroline Thompson cowrites this dramedy about a (male) photographer who utilizes an unusual form of art therapy to recover from a trauma. (male director)
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Mary Poppins Returns
Emily Blunt costars in this fantasy comedy as a magical nanny who shepherds a family through tough times. Costarring Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Meryl Streep, and Julie Walters. (male writers and director)
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
State Like Sleep [pictured]
Meredith Danluck writes and directs this drama about a woman (Katherine Waterston) dealing with the aftermath of her husband’s suicide.
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female director, female coscreenwriter, female protagonist
Rust Creek
Jen McGowan directs and Julie Lipson cowrites this dramatic thriller about a woman (Hermione Corfield) stranded in the wilderness.
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female director, male screenwriter, female protagonist
Destroyer
Karyn Kusama directs this crime drama about a cop (Nicole Kidman) reliving an undercover assignment in order to solve a new mystery. (male writers)
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female director, male screenwriter, female protagonist
On the Basis of Sex
Mimi Leder directs this biographical drama about US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones). (male writer)
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Cold War (Zimna wojna)
Joanna Kulig costars in this romance that unfurls across years in post-WWII Europe. (male writers and directors)
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