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rare female film critic | by maryann johanson

movies by or about women opening US/Can Apr 17-19

Breakthrough Chrissy Metz

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female director, male screenwriter, female protagonist
Breakthrough [pictured]
Roxann Dawson directs this faith-based drama, about a mom (Chrissy Metz) who believes prayer brings her teenaged son back to life after a drowning. (male writer)
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male director, female coscreenwriter, female protagonist
The Curse of La Llorona
Mikki Daughtry cowrites this horror mystery about a mother (Linda Cardellini) drawn into a supernatural realm with her small children. (male director)
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
Pamela B. Green directs and cowrites, with Joan Simon, this documentary mystery about the nearly forgotten pioneer of early cinema.
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Rafiki
Wanuri Kahiu directs and cowrites, with Jenna Cato Bass, this Kenyan drama about lifelong friends (Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva) whose relationship blossoms into forbidden lesbian romance.
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Family
Laura Steinel writes and directs this dramedy about a workaholic woman (Taylor Schilling) who reconsiders her life after a few days babysitting her oddball niece (Bryn Vale).
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female director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Little Woods
Nia DaCosta writes and directs this modern Western crime drama about two sisters (Lily James and Tessa Thompson) who work outside the law to help people.
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female director, female screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Hail Satan?
Penny Lane directs this documentary about The Satanic Temple, the cultural pranksters testing America’s supposed freedom of religion.
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female director, female coscreenwriter, female protagonist
Daddy Issues
Amara Cash directs and cowrites this dram about a queer artist (Madison Lawlor) who develops a complicated relationship with her Internet crush (Montana Manning).
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female director, female coscreenwriter, female protagonist
Fast Color
Julia Hart directs and cowrites this indie sci-fi drama about a woman (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) with superhuman abilities.
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male director, female screenwriter, female protagonist
Red Joan
Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson star as the older and younger versions of a woman accused of selling atom-bomb secrets to the Soviets after WWII. Written by Lindsay Shapero. (male director)
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male director, male screenwriter, female protagonist
Breaking Habits
Documentary about a commune of nuns, led by Sister Kate, who run a cannabis farm. (male writer-director)
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Stuck
Amy Madigan, Ashanti, and Arden Cho costar in this musical drama about strangers on a New York City subway who share their stories. (male writers and director)
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male director, male screenwriter, female coprotagonist
Drunk Parents
Salma Hayek costars in this comedy about an alcoholic couple trying to hide their problems from family, friends, and neighbors. (male writers and director)
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