“The Kingmaker” is a fascinating story of behind-the-scenes power and corruption. “Back to Life” gets really dark—and really funny.
Given that “Harriet” over-performed at the box office its opening weekend—just like the real Harriet Tubman was consistently underestimated at every turn, including winning the popular vote in a campaign to get a woman on the $20—perhaps more of us are starting to “trust the black women” who tell her story.
The archetypal slashers were often bad, sticky mothers who kept their children freakishly attached.
On HBO, “Mrs. Fletcher” enlists an all-women directing team to tell the story of a woman’s sexual awakening and “Saudi Women’s Driving School’ explores how the right to drive has impacted women’s lives. In theaters, “Netizens” shines a light on digital harassment—and on Netflix, Jenny Slate takes to the stage to tell her story.
When we re-envision gender-based expectations and imagine and practice into more roles for people of all genders, we begin to shift the fundamental cultural underpinnings of oppression. We were curious about how Black and Indigenous women, trans and gender non-conforming people and their allies might imagine freedom looking and feeling like in Wakanda, a place where liberation is the norm and anything is possible.
“Catherine the Great” and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” take us to fantastical new heights—while “Greener Grass” shows us the subversive horror in our own backyard. “Chez Jolie Coiffure” and “The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman,” also out now, instead illuminate the complexities of women’s real lives.
“Nancy Drew” brings familiar stories to the small screen, and “The Sky is Pink” brings a moving and true tale to big ones.
Picks of the Week is Women and Hollywood’s newest resource. W&H writers are often asked for recommendations, so each week they’ll spotlight the women-driven and women-made projects—movies, series, VOD releases and more—that they’re most excited about.
“How is this happening? How is this possible that people can send really specific death threats and that there is nothing being done? This project started so I could understand why and how that was happening. What were the systems that were allowing this to proliferate?”
“Transparent” comes to a musical end, “Judy” tells a harrowing true story and “Sister Aimee” takes us on an adventure.