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A Frozen/Fire Holiday Weekly Update for November 27: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

A Frozen/Fire Holiday Weekly Update for November 27: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening

Frozen – Co-Directed and Written by Jennifer LeeI was hugely surprised by how much I loved Frozen, which is written and co-directed by Jennifer Lee. It is about two sisters, power and love — things you don’t often get in the animated world. Personally, I don’t know why every heroine in animated films still needs to be a princess, but I will give that a pass here because this is a film where neither sister needs to be saved by a man. I walked out with a huge smile on my face because I knew that this was another special film moment — an animated movie where the female characters drive the action and need no rescuing from any dudes. Now we just need them to be things other than princesses. (Melissa Silverstein) 

Read The Big O’s interview with Jennifer Lee here.

The Punk Singer (doc) – Directed by Sini Anderson (Opens Nov 29): Sini Anderson crafts a fascinating portrait of an endlessly inspirational woman by allowing Kathleen Hanna to tell her story on her own terms. And while I’ll always consider Hanna a feminist superhero, she’s also a woman who deals with the same things we all do. Seeing everything that Hanna has thus far accomplished leaves the audience with the feeling that you can start your own revolution. (Kerensa Cadenas) 

Read our interview with Sini Anderson, Kathleen Hanna, and producer Tamra Davis here.

Strong Black Woman (Opens Nov 28): Veronica, a 27-year-old black woman, runs her house very well. Veronica has a college degree in corporate law and works for a popular firm. Darnell is a freelance photographer. A series of moments changes the course of the marriage. Veronica has choices to make as she decides whether she wants to continue on the path she’s on in her marriage — or learn to become a stronger woman. (IMDB) 

Films About Women Currently Playing

The Broken Circle Breakdown
Ass Backwards – Written by Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael 
Go for Sisters
How I Live Now
The Book Thief

Blue is the Warmest Color

Carrie – Directed by Kimberly Peirce 
Grace Unplugged 
Baggage Claim
Enough Said – Written and Directed by Nicole Holofcener

Wadjda – Written and Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour
Good Ol’ Freda
Short Term 12
Austenland – Written and Directed by Jerusha Hess, Adapted for the Screen by Jerusha Hess and Shannon Hale 
The Patience Stone
In A World… – Written and Directed by Lake Bell
Blue Jasmine

Films Directed by Women Opening This Weekend

Black Nativity- Co-Written and Directed by Kasi Lemmons: A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey. (IMDB)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Detroit Unleaded – Co-Written and Directed by Rola Nashef, Co-Written by Jennifer Ginzinger and Heather Kolf

Sunlight Jr. – Directed by Laurie Collyer

Ghosts in Our Machine – Directed by Liz Marshall (doc)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Dallas Buyers Club – Co-Written by Melissa Wallack 

Films By and About Women on DVD/And Or On Demand

The Deflowering of Eva Van End – Co-Written by Anne Barnhoorn 
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – Co-Written by Jessica Postigo 
Winnie Mandela 

On Women and Hollywood This Week 

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