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Weekly Update for January 29: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for January 29: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week

Jane Got a Gun 

A woman (Natalie Portman) asks her ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help in order to save her outlaw husband (Noel Emmerich) from a gang out to kill him. (Press materials)

Portrait of a Serial Monogamist –  Co-Directed and Co-Written by Christina Zeidler (Opens in Los Angeles)

Smart, successful and charming, Elsie (Diane Flacks) is a fortysomething Toronto TV producer who is the nice Jewish girl your mother warned you about: the self-proclaimed serial monogamist who seems to have slept with everyone in town. When Elsie breaks up with her long-term girlfriend, her friends challenge her to stay single for five months. When gorgeous DJ Lolli (Vanessa Dunn) enters her life, things get complicated as Elsie faces her mother’s disapproval, conflicting advice from friends and the nagging suspicion that she may have made a big mistake. (Press materials)

The 5th Wave – Co-Written by Susannah Grant
The Boy
Caged No More – Directed by Lisa Arnold; Written by Lisa Arnold and Molly Venzke 
Martyrs
JeruZalem
The Lady in the Van
The Forest – Co-Written by Sarah Cornwell
The Abandoned
Trust Fund
Joy – Story by Annie Mumolo
45 Years
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sisters – Written by Paula Pell 
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun
Chi-Raq
The Letters
Janis: Little Girl Blue (Documentary) – Directed by Amy Berg 
The Danish Girl – Written by Lucinda Coxon 
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
Carol – Written by Phyllis Nagy
Mustang – Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven; Written by Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice Winocour
Brooklyn
Grandma
Truth

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week

Kung Fu Panda 3 – Co-Directed by Jennifer Yuh

When Po’s long-lost panda father (voiced by Bryan Cranston) suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai (J.K. Simmons) begins to sweep across China, defeating all the kung fu masters, Po (Jack Black) must do the impossible — learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing
 

Yosemite – Written and Directed by Gabrielle Demeestere 
The 33 – Directed by Patricia Riggen 
Heart of a Dog (Documentary) – Written and Directed by Laurie Anderson

Films Written by Women Opening This Week

Rabin, the Last Day – Co-Written by Marie-Jose Sanselme

A commission’s investigation into the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin reveals a dark and frightening world: a subculture of hate fueled by hysterical rhetoric, paranoia and political intrigue. (Indiewire)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Bleak Street – Written by Paz Alicia Garciadiego
In the Shadow of Women – Co-Written by Caroline Deruas and Arlette Langman
Concussion – Co-Written by Jeanne Marie Laskas 
The Good Dinosaur – Written by Meg LeFauve
Room – Written by Emma Donoghue
Labyrinth of Lies/Im Labyrinth des Schweigens – Co-Written by Elisabeth Bartel

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week 

The Last Witch Hunter – Co-Written by Melissa Wallack (DVD)
Freeheld (DVD)
Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet – Co-Directed by Joan C. Gratz and Nina Paley
Big Stone Gap – Written & Directed by Adriana Trigiani (DVD)
Our Brand is Crisis (DVD)
Suffragette – Directed by Sarah Gavron; Written by Abi Morgan (DVD)
Man Up – Written by Tess Morris (DVD)
Jane B. Par Agnès – Written and Directed by Agnès Varda (VOD)
Kung-Fu Master- Directed by Agnès Varda; Written by Agnès Varda and Jane Birkin (VOD)

Badge of Honor (DVD)
Breathe – Directed by Melanie Laurent (DVD)

TV Highlights This Week

American Masters: Mike Nichols (Documentary) – Directed by Elaine May (Premieres January 29 on PBS)

One of Mike Nichols’ best-known collaborators has helmed a documentary about the Oscar-winning director and one of his most beloved films. Elaine May has directed an “American Masters” episode for PBS about her former comedy partner, focusing on the making of “The Graduate.” (Inkoo Kang) 

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