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Weekly Update for February 20: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for February 20: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week

The DUFF (Women and Hollywood’s Pick of the Week)

A definite case of “don’t judge a movie by its title,” “The DUFF” — which wincingly stands for “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” — is actually a rather sweet and hilarious teen comedy that gets a lot right about high-school life today. In my review for TheWrap, I wrote, “Few films have focused on a girl being forced to accept that she doesn’t look like what most guys want. That’s a big part of [its] freshness…. There’s no doubt that ‘The DUFF’ is clever, funny and quotable enough to become this decade’s ‘Mean Girls.’ Watch your back, Regina George — there’s a new queen bee in town.” (Inkoo Kang)

Drunktown’s Finest – Directed and Written by Sydney Freeland

“Drunktown’s Finest” is the coming-of-age story of three young Native Americans – a college-bound Christian girl raised by white parents, a rebellious and lost father-to-be, and a promiscuous yet gorgeous transsexual – as they struggle to escape the hardships of life on the Navajo reservation. This film portrays modern Native American youths struggling to find their place in the world, but more importantly reveals the same struggles that many young Americans face while growing up in small town U.S.A. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Sydney Freeland.

My Way (doc) – Co-Directed by Dominique Mollee

“My Way” begins with the conventional “small-town girl livin’ in a lonely (corporate) world.” Yet instead of taking the midnight train, Rebekah Starr trades her briefcase for a Les Paul, grabs her sassy Estonian tambourine-banging sidekick Annika, and hits the highway. Destination: the Sunset Strip. When Rebekah’s marriage falls apart in real time, we realize her dream is not a whim, but a burning passion for music that comes with its share of real-world sacrifices. Her contagious optimism acts as the film’s throughline, hoping to inspire anyone feeling trapped by their circumstances. (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Fifty Shades of Grey – Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson; Written by Kelly Marcel

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem – Co-Written and Co-Directed by Ronit Elkabetz

Butterfly Girl (doc) – Directed by Cary Bell

Jupiter Ascending

The Price of Honor (doc) – Co-Directed by Neena Nejad; Written by Leah Welch

Love, Rosie – Written by Juliette Towhidi

Girlhood – Written and Directed by Celine Sciamma

Gloria – Written by Sabina Berman

The Boy Next Door – Written by Barbara Curry 


Big Muddy


The Duke of Burgundy 

Appropriate Behavior – Written and Directed by Desiree Akhavan

Still Alice 

Annie – Co-Written by Aline Brosh McKenna 

Two Days, One Night 

Big Eyes


The Babadook – Written and Directed by Jennifer Kent

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week

McFarland, USA – Directed by Niki Caro; Co-Written by Bettina Gilois

Kevin Costner is a football coach without a team in “McFarland, USA,” a sports drama that is as much about class and race as it is about sports. Niki Caro, the director of “Whale Rider” and “North Country,” brings us this touching, feel-good drama of a football coach-turned-track coach who inspires an entire town to reach beyond the expectations of what they can achieve. (Melissa Silverstein

Approaching the Elephant (doc) – Directed by Amanda Rose Wilder

Amanda Rose Wilder’s acclaimed feature debut dives head first into the inaugural year of the Teddy McArdle Free School in New Jersey, where all classes are voluntary and rules are determined by vote – adults and children have an equal say. Wilder is there from the beginning to the end of the school year, documenting and observing founder Alex Khost and an indelible cast of outspoken young personalities, as they form relationships, explore their surroundings, and intensely debate rule violations, until it all comes to a head. (Press materials)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing 

Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (doc) – Written and Directed by Michele Josue

The Voices – Directed by Marjane Satrapi

Above and Beyond (doc) – Directed by Roberta Grossman 

Selma – Directed by Ava DuVernay 

Unbroken – Directed by Angelina Jolie 

Citizenfour (doc) – Directed by Laura Poitras

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Strange Magic – Co-Written by Irene Mecchi 

Spare Parts – Written by Elissa Matsueda 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Co-Written by Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh 

On DVD and VOD This Week

The Homesman

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

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