movies by or about women opening US/Can from Wed Oct 17

Elizabeth Chomko directs family drama ‘What They Had’; Marielle Heller directs literary-forging dramedy ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’; plus a whole bunch of documentaries directed by women...

new in wide release

The Hate U Give | find cinemas

Audrey Wells writes this crime drama about a teenager (Amandla Stenberg) who witnesses her best friend being shot by police. (male director)

Halloween | my review | find cinemas

Jamie Lee Curtis stars, and Judy Greer costars, in this horror story about a woman fighting back against an evil murderer whose rampage she survived as a teenager. (male writers and director)

Nadia Murad in ‘On Her Shoulders’

Nadia Murad in ‘On Her Shoulders’

new in limited release

On Her Shoulders | find cinemas

Alexandria Bombach directs this documentary about 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad.

What They Had | my review | find cinemas

Elizabeth Chomko writes and directs this drama about a woman (Hilary Swank) coping with the impact on her family of her mother’s (Blythe Danner) illness.

Change in the Air | find cinemas

Dianne Dreyer directs and Audra Gorman writes this drama about a mysterious woman (Rachel Brosnahan) whose arrival has a big impact on a small town. Costarring Olympia Dukakis, Mary Beth Hurt, and Macy Gray.

Charm City | find cinemas

Marilyn Ness directs this documentary about police, citizens, and government officials in Baltimore dealing with the city’s violence.

The Waldheim Waltz | find cinemas

Ruth Beckermann directs this documentary about former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim.

Melissa McCarthy in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Melissa McCarthy in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Can You Ever Forgive Me? | find cinemas

Marielle Heller directs and Nicole Holofcener cowrites this based-on-fact dramedy about literary forger Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy).

Galveston | find cinemas

Mélanie Laurent directs this crime drama about a (male) hitman. Costarring Elle Fanning. (male writer)

Viral Beauty | find cinemas

Elizabeth Lam writes this romantic comedy about a woman (Casey Killoran) whose online dating video goes viral. (male director)

Carey Mulligan in ‘Wildlife’

Carey Mulligan in ‘Wildlife’

Wildlife | find cinemas

Zoe Kazan cowrites this historical drama about a teenaged boy caught in the middle of the breakup of his parents’ marriage. Costarring Carey Mulligan. (male director)

Reach | find cinemas

Maria Capp cowrites this dramedy about a (male) teenaged nerd whose life is turned around by new friendships. (male director)

Transformer | find cinemas

Documentary about the trans woman weightlifter Janae Marie Kroczaleski. (male writers and director)

Aubrey Plaza in ‘An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn’

Aubrey Plaza in ‘An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn’

An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn | find cinemas

Aubrey Plaza costars in this black comedy about a woman whose marriage is threatened when her old flame comes to town. (male writers and director)

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