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A Look at the Women’s Films Opening in the Summer of 2013

A Look at the Women's Films Opening in the Summer of 2013

With the arrival of Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview last week, the summer blockbuster season is officially creeping upon us. As always, be prepared for explosions, superheroes, spacecrafts, car chases and a lot of dudes. 

But for those of us who look for alternatives, this summer there is a range of women centric and directed films that are available for us.  Films like Frances Ha, or ones that revel in taking blockbuster formulas with a decidedly lady-centric twist like The Heat. In the issue, Sandra Bullock said that The Heat is “the greatest love story I’ve ever done.” If I wasn’t sold already, I certainly am now.

Some films that we are looking forward to this summer include Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, Maggie Carey’s The To-Do List, The Heat and Lake Bell’s In A World (which won the Waldo Salt writing award at Sundance) to name just a few. Check out the women-centric and directed summer releases below. 

Let’s just make sure to support these films, some we have already seen, so that we can continue to have a range of options all times of the year.

EW’s Summer Movie Preview issue is on newsstands now.

Women-Directed and Women-Centric: 

Stories We Tell (doc) – Directed by Sarah Polley (May 10)

Venus and Serena (doc) – Directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major (May 10)

Black Rock – Directed by Katie Aselton (May 17) 

Fill The Void – Directed by Rama Burshstein (May 24)

The Bling Ring – Directed by Sofia Coppola (June 14)

The Hot Flashes – Directed by Susan Seidelman (July 12)

Girl Most Likely – Co-Directed by Shari Springer Berman (July 19)

In A World – Directed by Lake Bell (August 9)

The To-Do List – Directed by Maggie Carey (August 16)

Austenland – Directed by Jerusha Hess (August 16)

The Lifeguard – Directed by Liz W. Garcia (August TBA)


Love Is All You Need – Directed by Susanne Bier (May 3)


What Maisie Knew – Starring Julianne Moore (May 3)

Frances Ha – Starring Greta Gerwig (May 17)

The English Teacher – Starring Julianne Moore (May 17)

The East – Starring Brit Marling and Ellen Page (May 31)

Shadowdancer – Starring Andrea Riseborough (May 31)

Tiger Eyes – Starring Willa Holland (June 7)

Violet and Daisy – Starring Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan (June 7)

The Heat – Starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock (June 28)

Byzantium – Starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton (June 28)

Passion – Starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace (July TBA) 

Lovelace – Starring Amanda Seyfried (August 9) 

The Patience Stone (August 14)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Starring Lily Collins (August 23)

Therese Desqueyroux – Starring Audrey Tautou (August 23)

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