Over the last several months, allegations of sexual assault, abuse, and misogyny in Hollywood have opened up decades of buried truths. Though there is still much more work to be done and more spirits that need healing, these revelations are empowering many women to be fearless and courageous in telling their stories. And not just about abuse or assault — women everywhere are opening up about their complex life experiences, and it's so inspiring to see. As such, there is no better way to start 2018 than by celebrating the ladies in the entertainment industry who work behind the scenes and watching new movies directed by women.
In such a male-based industry, female filmmakers are unfortunately not nearly as represented as they should be. Women comprise just four percent of directors for the top 100 domestic films released in the U.S., according to a 2016 research study by Martha Lauzen for The Celluliod Ceiling. However, 2018 is the year to see and support more movies directed by women. From fantasy films like A Wrinkle In Time to dramedies like The Party to action movies like The Spy Who Dumped Me, female filmmakers are ruling the new year, and it's up to us to support their work in theaters.
1. I Am Not A Witch, Directed By Rungono Nyoni
In I Am Not A Witch, a nine-year-old girl named Shula is accused of being a witch by her fellow villagers. Due to that accusation, she is judged by state authorities and found guilty of being a witch. They ultimately put her in a exile camp for "witches" of all ages, where she is treated inhumanely. The film is directed by award-winning indie filmmaker Rungono Nyoni. It's out now.
2. The Rider, Directed By Chloe Zhao
Brady (Brady Jandreau) is a rodeo star who suffers from a traumatic head injury while in the ring. He wants to start his rodeo life all over again, but is met with reality when he has to take care of his newly widowed father and autistic sister. The balance of dealing with life and his career soon becomes his ultimate struggle. It's out April 13.
3. You Were Never Really Here, Directed By Lynn Ramsay
You Were Never Really There is about Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) who is hired by a senator to find his missing daughter. It's out April 6.
4. Madeleine's Madeleine, Directed By Josephine Decker
Madeleine's Madeleine is about a young girl dedicated to her theater workshop. When her workshop's director (Molly Parker) tells her to weave her troubled history with performance art, it soon has her living a life of blurred lines between reality and performance art. It's out now.
5. A Wrinkle In Time, Directed By Ava DuVernay
A Wrinkle In Time is about a young girl named,Meg Murry (Storm Reid) and her little brother, Charles Wallace (Deric McGabe), who've lived without their scientist father, Dr. Murry (Chris Pine), for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet. Meg and her classmate Calvin (Levi Miller) travel to this new world by the guidance of three travelers Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling) and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey). It's out March 9.
6. The Party, Directed By Sally Potter
The Party follows a woman named Janet who hosts a private soiree with her friends in London to celebrate her career in politics. But the party turns sour when her best friend arrives with dramatic news and her husband announces something that triggers a domino effect of revelations. It's out May 11.
7. Never Goin’ Back, Directed By Augustine Frizzell
Jessie and Angela (Maia Mitchell and Camila Morrone), are high school dropouts who decide to take a vacation after they're robbed and on the brink of getting fired. Its release date is TBD.
8. The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, Directed By Desiree Akhavan
Cameron Post (Chloe Grace Moretz) gets caught with another girl in the back of a car on prom night and is quickly enrolled in a conversion therapy center that "treats" teens for same-sex attraction. At the center, Cameron endures "de-gaying" methods and crazy disciplines to try to "help" her, but she ends up finding a supportive community. Its release date is TBD.
9. The Queen Of Fear, Directed By Valeria Bertuccelli, Fabiana Tiscornia
The Queen of Fear is about an actor named Robertina who does a one-woman show to distract herself from her husband’s unexplained absence. She soon finds out that her close friend from her past is dying and decides to drop everything she is doing to focus on him, and their reunion causes her to re-evaluate her priorities. It's out now.
10. Can You Ever Forgive Me, Directed By Marielle Heller
Melissa McCarthy plays Lee Israel, a famous author who is later discovered to be a master forger and thief. It's great to see McCarthy in a non-comedic role. The movie is out Oct. 19.
11. Mary Queen Of Scots, Directed By Josie Rourke
The Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary tries her best to avoid the pressures of being remarried. In light of that, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. However, the country has fallen under the rule of Elizabeth 1. The movie is filled with betrayal, conspiracies and rebellion. It's out Nov. 2.
12. The Spy Who Dumped Me, Directed By Susanna Fogel
Audrey (Mila Kunis) is living a calm life until her ex-boyfriend shows up at her apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his tail. It's out Aug. 3.
13. The Darkest Minds, Directed By Jennifer Yuh Nelson
The Darkest Minds is a science fiction thriller and the first installment of the young-adult novel trilogy by Alexandra Bracken. It follows Ruby, who wakes up on her 10th birthday having experienced a major change. The movie is out Sept. 14.
14. Blockers, Directed By Kay Cannon
Blockers follows three parents who discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginities on prom night, leading the adults to launch a covert one-night operation to stop the teens. It's out April 6.
Now that you have this list, buy your tickets and get ready for a year of greatness from from women making major moves behind the lens.
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