movies by or about women opening US/Can Dec 17-Jan 04

It’s Christmas for movies about women! Women-centered ‘Mary Queen of Scots,’ ‘The Favourite,’ ‘Second Act,’ and ‘Bumblebee’ all open wide over the holidays. Amazing.

new in wide release

Mary Queen of Scots | my review | find cinemas

Josie Rourke directs this historical drama about rival queens Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I (Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie) in 16th-century Britain. (male writer)

Bumblebee | my review | find cinemas

Christina Hodson writes this sci-fi action-adventure about a teenaged girl (Hailee Steinfeld) who befriends a (coded-male) alien robot soldier. (male director)

The Favourite | find cinemas

Deborah Davis cowrites this historical dramedy about intrigue at Queen Anne’s court. Starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz. (male director)

Jennifer Lopez in ‘Second Act’

Jennifer Lopez in ‘Second Act’

Second Act | find cinemas

Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas cowrites this romantic comedy about a woman (Jennifer Lopez) who reinvents her life. Costarring Vanessa Hudgens and Leah Remini. (male director)

Escape Room | find cinemas

Maria Melnik cowrites this sci-fi mystery about a group of people caught in a deadly puzzle. Costarring Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, and Jessica Sutton. (male director)

Welcome to Marwen | my review | find cinemas

Caroline Thompson cowrites this dramedy about a (male) photographer who utilizes an unusual form of art therapy to recover from a trauma. (male director)

Mary Poppins Returns | find cinemas

Emily Blunt costars in this fantasy comedy as a magical nanny who shepherds a family through tough times. Costarring Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Meryl Streep, and Julie Walters. (male writers and director)

Katherine Waterston in ‘State Like Sleep’

Katherine Waterston in ‘State Like Sleep’

new in limted release

State Like Sleep | find cinemas

Meredith Danluck writes and directs this drama about a woman (Katherine Waterston) dealing with the aftermath of her husband’s suicide.

Rust Creek | find cinemas

Jen McGowan directs and Julie Lipson cowrites this dramatic thriller about a woman (Hermione Corfield) stranded in the wilderness.

Nicole Kidman in ‘Destroyer’

Nicole Kidman in ‘Destroyer’

Destroyer | my review | find cinemas

Karyn Kusama directs this crime drama about a cop (Nicole Kidman) reliving an undercover assignment in order to solve a new mystery. (male writers)

On the Basis of Sex | my review | find cinemas

Mimi Leder directs this biographical drama about US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones). (male writer)

Joanna Kulig in ‘Cold War’

Joanna Kulig in ‘Cold War’

Cold War (Zimna wojna) | my review | find cinemas

Joanna Kulig costars in this romance that unfurls across years in post-WWII Europe. (male writers and directors)

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