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Weekly Update for February 5: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Weekly Update for February 5: Women Centric, Directed and Written Films Playing Near You

Films About Women Opening This Week
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 

A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all. (Press materials)

All Roads Lead to Rome – Written and Directed by Ella Lemhagen (Also available on VOD)

“All Roads Lead to Rome” revolves around an uptight woman named Maggie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her former Italian lover, Luca (Raoul Bova), who go on a road trip across scenic Italy pursuing Maggie’s rebellious teenage daughter Summer (Rosie Day) who tries desperately to return to New York while Luca’s mother (Claudia Cardinale) is on a secret mission of love. (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing

Jane Got A Gun
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist – Co-Directed and Co-Written by Christina Zeidler
The 5th Wave – Co-Written by Susannah Grant
The Boy
Caged No More – Directed by Lisa Arnold; Written by Lisa Arnold and Molly Venzke 
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 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

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week

Southbound – Co-Directed by Roxanne Benjamin; Co-Written by Roxanne Benjamin and Susan Burke (Also available on VOD February 9)

On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers — two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation — are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road. Starring: Kate Beahan, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Susan Burke. (Rotten Tomatoes)

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing

Kung Fu Panda 3 – Co-Directed by Jennifer Yuh

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

Films Written by Women Opening This Week

Tumbledown – Written by Desi Van Til

Pop culture scholar Andrew (Jason Sudeikis) comes to Maine to interview Hannah (Rebecca Hall), the protective widow of an acclaimed singer. When the unlikely pair strike a deal to co-write a biography, Andrew finds himself clashing with a cast of locals, including Hannah’s hunky suitor (Joe Manganiello) and her loving but defensive parents (Blythe Danner and Richard Masur). When Hannah and Andrew’s stormy partnership blossoms into an unexpected connection, they face the possibility that the next chapter in their lives may involve each other. Dianna Agron and Griffin Dunne co-star in this startlingly funny and sweetly romantic tale of moving on and finding love in the unlikeliest of places. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s guest post by Desi Van Til

Films Written by Women Currently Playing

Rabin, the Last Day – Co-Written by Marie-Jose Sanselme
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 Pack (VOD)
Love The Coopers – Directed by Jessie Nelson (DVD)
Crimson Peak (DVD)
Grandma (DVD)
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist – Co-Directed and Co-Written by Christina Zeidler (VOD)
Second Coming – Directed by Debra Tucker Green (DVD and VOD) 

TV Highlights This Week

Not Safe with Nikki Glaser (Premieres February 9 on Comedy Central)

“Not Safe with Nikki Glaser” is a free-form venue where comic and curious perv Nikki investigates the issues the rest of us are too timid to ask about through a mix of panel discussions, field pieces and social experiments. If there’s a sex or relationship topic that would make a normal TV host blush, Nikki will tackle it with an enthusiasm as shameless as it is entertaining. Prudes, consider yourselves on notice. (Press materials)

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (Premieres February 8 on TBS)

Putting aside the slightly problematic show title — I worry about what online searches are going to spit out if I leave off her name — Bee could be the exact right person to finally break up the ridiculously longstanding boys club that is late night. It’s gone along being so male for so long that it’s felt hopeless to even talk about — especially after the last round of host replacements (Ferguson, Letterman, Stewart) in which nary a chair ended up with a woman’s butt in it … What I want is a female-hosted show that’s ready to do real social media battle with the likes of Kimmel, Fallon and even my beloved John Oliver. I want someone who’s savvy enough about media-stickiness that she can generate show content that will regularly get everyone talking. And I want a female host who’s going to do slightly more substantive things than play beer pong with celebrities. Judging from the clips being released online ramping up to the show, that seems highly likely. (Sara Stewart)

Read Women and Hollywood’s feature on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”

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