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Weekly Update for April 24: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for April 24: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week

The Age of Adaline

The best reason to watch “The Age of Adaline,” a romance starring Blake Lively as a lonely woman who can’t age past 29, is the actress’s interactions with her onscreen child, the octogenarian Ellen Burstyn. In my review for The Wrap, I wrote, “Lively [playing a 107-year-old] is perhaps the best she’s ever been here. Speaking with natural authority and clipped, postwar elocution, Lively makes us believe that she’s Burstyn’s parent in the delightfully bizarre conversations between the twentysomething mother and the eightysomething daughter as they discuss dating and death.” (Inkoo Kang)

Helicopter Mom – Directed by Salomé Breziner

An overbearing mom (Nia Vardalos) decides that college would be more affordable if her son were to win a LGBT scholarship, so she outs him to his entire high school. However, he might not be gay. (Rotten Tomatoes)

See You In Valhalla (Available On Demand)

Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”) stars in this family dramedy about the tensions that lie just beneath the surface, waiting for a tipping point. For the Burwood family, that moment comes when one of their own dies under strange circumstances. Johana Burwood comes back home to deal with the fallout and encounters members of her family in comedic and strained ways. Exploring the dynamic of dysfunctional families and secrets coming to light, “See You In Valhalla” is a portrait of a different kind of modern family, one that may resonate deeper than sitcom fare. (Becca Rose)

Iris (doc) (Opening in New York City on April 29)

“Iris” pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. “Iris” portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. (Press Materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Félix & Meira

Alex of Venice – Co-Written by Jessica Goldberg and Katie Nehra (Available on VOD)

Monkey Kingdom

The Sisterhood of Night – Directed by Caryn Waechter and Written by Marilyn Fu

Clouds of Sils Maria

Effie Gray – Written by Emma Thompson

About Elly

Woman in Gold

52 Tuesdays – Directed and Co-Written by Sophie Hyde

A Girl Like Her – Written and Directed by Amy S. Weber

A Wolf at the Door

Dial A Prayer – Directed by Maggie Kiley


The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Cinderella – Co-Written by Aline Brosh McKenna

It Follows

The Hunting Ground (doc)


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

Still Alice

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week

Just Before I Go – Directed by Courteney Cox

Ted Morgan (Seann William Scott) has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for creating the shell of a person he has become. But life is tricky. The more determined Ted is to confront his demons, to get closure, and to withdraw from his family, the more Ted is yanked into the chaos of their lives. So, when Ted Morgan decides to kill himself, he finds a reason to live. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Courteney Cox.

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

The Road Within – Written and Directed by Gren Wells

Antarctic Edge: 70° South (doc) – Directed by Dena Seidel

The Human Experiment – Co-Directed by Dana Nachman

The Hand That Feeds (doc) – Co-Written and Co-Directed by Rachel Lears

Serena – Directed by Susanne Bier

Amour Fou – Directed by Jessica Hausner

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

Citizenfour (doc) – Directed by Laura Poitras

Films Written by Women Opening This Week

Adult Beginners – Co-Written by Liz Flahive (Simultaneously releasing to VOD)

A young hipster entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his entire life in disarray, he leaves Manhattan to move in with his estranged pregnant sister (Rose Byrne), brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale), and three-year-old nephew in the suburbs – only to become their manny. Faced with real responsibility, he may finally have to grow up – but not without some bad behavior first. (Press materials)

24 Days – Co-Written by Emilie Frèche

January 20, 2006: After dinner with his family, Ilan Halimi (Syrus Shahidi) gets a call from a beautiful girl who had approached him at work and makes plans to meet her for coffee. Ilan didn’t suspect a thing. He was 23 and had his whole life ahead of him. The next time Ilan’s family heard from him was through a cryptic online message from kidnappers demanding a ransom in exchange for their son’s life. (IMDB)

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Cas & Dylan – Written by Jessie Gabe

Chappie – Co-Written by Terri Tatchell

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week

Little Accidents – Written and Directed by Sarah Coangelo

One Million Dubliners (doc) – Directed by Aoife Kelleher

Always Woodstock – Written and Directed by Rita Merson (April 28)

Above and Beyond – Directed by Roberta Grossman, Written by Sophie Sartain (April 28)

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