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It Came From The Tube: Halloweentown (1998)

No! Don’t run away! Where’s your Halloween spirit? Yes, Halloweentown (1998) is a Disney Channel movie, but that in and of itself isn’t a bad thing; if you’re looking to introduce your kids to horror, it’s better to pitch them some underhands than speedy overhands. (I don’t really know baseball.) In a cynical and bitterly crumbling world, it’s nice to know that a bit of low-key innocent charm still exists.

Originally airing Saturday, October 17th, Halloweentown was a big hit for the channel, and spawned three sequels over the ensuing years. If you’re looking for some smiles, good performances and charming effects, Halloweentown is a fun place to visit.

Let’s open up our mouse eared (insert groan here) TV Guide and see what’s up:

Halloweentown (Saturday, Disney)

An adolescent girl realizes with the help of her grandmother that she’s a
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Rough Night review

Scarlett Johansson headlines Rough Night finally arrives in the UK. Here's our review...

At what point does a hen do become a hen don't? In Rough Night, the new comedy thriller from the makers of Broad City, it's around the time that a cheeky night of drinking and novelty penis props turns to involuntary manslaughter, and things quickly escalate into a mashup of Very Bad Things and Bridesmaids.

Jess (Scarlett Johansson) is the bride-to-be; a driven senatorial candidate who's taking a weekend off from her campaign for her bachelorette party. Her college friends Alice (Jillian Bell), Blair (Zoë Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer), and her Australian friend Pippa (Kate McKinnon) converge on Miami for a boozy, drug-fuelled weekend away that quickly spirals out of control after the accidental death of a male stripper in their party house.

Outside of the obvious reasons for not wanting to get caught, each of
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Rough Night review – faux-feminist gags fall flat

Scarlett Johansson and gang can’t conjure any chemistry, or many laughs, in this dire tale of a hen party gone wrong

This gender-swap of Peter Berg’s 1998 film Very Bad Things is a Very Bad Thing indeed. Scarlett Johansson stars as Jess, a wannabe politician and bride-to-be who is whisked off to Miami by her college gal pals for her bachelorette party. The gang (comprising Jillian Bell, Zoë Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon and no detectable chemistry) accidentally kill a male stripper and must figure out what to do with the body. McKinnon gets a couple of good lines as Jess’s Aussie friend Pip (“singer-songwriter is the dream; party clown is the reality”), but even the film’s saltiness feels safe. Gags about piss and penis pasta, vibrators and self-waxing strips confuse vagina-related “jokes” with a feminist perspective, as signalled by Jess’s plan to win a game
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"Rough Night" and the State of Comedy

by Eric Blume

My assignment for Tfe was a review of the movie Rough Night. But since I was not raised in a barn, nor raised by wolves, my mother once told me if you can’t find something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. So we’ll keep it short on Rough Night itself. It’s actually depressing how bad this movie is, a twist on a rather good mainstream movie called Very Bad Things, back in the Cameron Diaz days of 1998. That Peter Berg film had a bit of an edge as it followed several guy friends on a bachelor party who find themselves in a dead hooker situation. Rough Night is the distaff version of this tale, but the inept script, bad performances, and bland direction make it a tough sit. The film’s five actresses (Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell,
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Rough Night – Review

Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, Scarlett Johansson, and Jillian Bell star in Lucia Aniello’s bachelorette party comedy Rough Night, Photo by Macall Polay. Courtesy of Columbia/Sony Pictures.

Scarlett Johansson leads a cast of raucous women characters in a comedy that does more than just flip the usual bachelor party trope on its head, in Rough Night. The result is a refreshing take on buddy comedy that not only turns the tables on gender but completely nails how women really interact with each other, in a fitfully funny comedy.

Besides a strong female lead cast, Rough Night is directed by a woman, Lucia Aniello, who also co-wrote the script and is one of the producers. Unlike the typical male-written script, these female characters are spot-on and interact like real women do, even if the situation is over-the-top comedy. While the women characters and how they interact is refreshingly accurate, the humor is sometimes uneven.
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‘Rough Night’ Review: Kate McKinnon Steals Another One In ‘Bridesmaids’-Meets-‘Hangover’ Movie

‘Rough Night’ Review: Kate McKinnon Steals Another One In ‘Bridesmaids’-Meets-‘Hangover’ Movie
There is no way you can see the new comedy Rough Night and not compare it to its obvious inspirations — chiefly Bridesmaids (the movie that launched a thousand imitators), The Hangover (ditto), Bachelor Party, Very Bad Things, and even that comic heirloom Weekend At Bernie’s. So while it doesn’t get points for originality, Rough Night does score a lot of laughs even if this particular bachelorette party sometimes sails way over the top in pursuit of them. As I say in my…
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'Rough Night' Review: Female 'Hangover' Never Finds Its Comedic Mojo

'Rough Night' Review: Female 'Hangover' Never Finds Its Comedic Mojo
Four women go wild at a Miami bachelorette party for their Bff Jess (Scarlett Johansson), an uptight candidate for state senator who has to work through some control issues. Good premise. It's club time for the ladies – Frankie (Ilana Glazer), a lesbian activist, and her former lover, real-estate diva Blair (Zoë Kravitz); Pippa (SNL Mvp Kate McKinnon), Jess's Aussie bud from her year abroad; and schoolteacher Alice (Jillian Bell), the college party animal who never reformed and still feels no shame over her rep as a "foot-job girl." Great cast.
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Rough Night Review: The Girl Power Version of Very Bad Things

Rough Night Review: The Girl Power Version of Very Bad Things
Rough Night can best be described as the girl power version of Very Bad Things or Stag. It doesn't go as crazy as those films, but has the same premise. The story is disjointed and runs slow at times, but the ensemble cast is quite funny with one standout performance. I will say that all the women in the audience were howling with laughter throughout. That's the target, so Sony may have a big hit. Rough Night is the feature film debut from Lucia Aniello, a writer and director from Comedy Central's Broad City.

Rough Night begins with Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Alice (Jillian Bell), Blair (Zoe Kravitz), and Frankie (Ilana Glazer) going wild at a frat party in college. After the hijinks, they swear to remain best friends forever. Ten years later, Jess is a successful politician running for state senate. She's engaged to be married to the mild and
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‘Rough Night’ Is A Comedy Cocktail That Goes Down Easy [Review]

Mixing equal parts of “The Hangover,” “Very Bad Things,” and “Bridesmaids,” “Rough Night” is a comedy cocktail that goes down easy. It adheres a bit too closely to the recipe established by its predecessors, but it works well enough to keep the audience laughing. Written by director Lucia Aniello and co-star Paul W. Downs, the film is at its strongest when its humor dives into the deep end of the female experience – or any time Kate McKinnon is on screen.

Continue reading ‘Rough Night’ Is A Comedy Cocktail That Goes Down Easy [Review] at The Playlist.
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'Rough Night' Treads Tired Territory

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2017-06-14T12:13:10-07:00'Rough Night' Treads Tired Territory

Way back before Friday Night Lights put him on the map as a writer-director, Peter Berg made a deservedly forgotten black comedy called Very Bad Things, about a debauched Vegas bachelor party cut short by the buzzkill of a prostitute getting impaled on a coat hook. Oops. That film at least committed to its sourness, whereas Rough Night, which derails the revelry of a Miami bachelorette weekend by similar means, evinces little conviction of any kind. Mostly, it's a flavorless stew of elements from other, not necessarily better, movies that starts dying around the same time as the unintended victim of the girls gone wild.

That's disappointing given that the movie is directed and co-written by two of the script team on Broad City. It also features Ilana Glazer, the co-creator and star of that sharp
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Review: ‘Rough Night’ is an Energetic, Derivative Comedy

With a title that most studio comedies set over a single evening could adopt, Rough Night riffs on Very Bad Things, Bridesmaids, The Hangover — and even some Jawbreaker and Weekend at Bernie’s, for good measure — as murder and farce coalesce at a bachelorette party. It’s the sort of premise one hopes will wring out a bit of tension and a good deal of laughs as its talented ensemble walk a high-wire act of crime. While Lucia Aniello (one of many from Broad City involved here) brings a certain energy in her directorial debut and the cast do comedically click, Rough Night too often feels watered-down with a blatant disregard for basic logic, resulting in a comedy that’s ultimately more exasperating than clever.

Though they rarely reunite since their party-hard halcyon days of college, Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Alice (Jillian Bell), Frankie (Ilana Glazer), and Blair (Zoë Kravitz) are
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Film Review: ‘Rough Night’

Film Review: ‘Rough Night’
Rough Night,” a bachelorette-party-from-hell thriller comedy that’s got some push and some laughs, despite its essentially formulaic nature, is a perfect example of why Hollywood needs (many) more women filmmakers. Do we want to see more women directors who have the scalding audacity of a Kathryn Bigelow, or who can turn a tent-pole origin story like “Wonder Woman” into a cultural event the way Patty Jenkins did? Duh and duh. That said, we also need more women to direct the Mor entertainment of the week. In the case of a goofy-nasty bad-behavior farce like “Rough Night,” directed and co-written by Lucia Aniello, what’s novel isn’t so much the plot as the spin, the female gaze, the inside-the-club sensibility. That, for all the cookie-cutter elements, is what’s fresh about the movie, and why it should find a solid audience.

But first, a word on how derivative it is.
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Rough Night Review

Lucia Aniello’s Rough Night isn’t alone in its ladies-gone-wild practices (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s Bad Moms most recently comes to mind), but her feature debut takes an aggressive stance that equal efforts undersell. Aniello’s uniting roar shakes the foundation of Hollywood’s raunch-comedy boy’s club. This gender-swapped Very Bad Things does lady-bonding right, and without “girls only” exclusivity. In a post-film Q&A, Aniello and co-writer/star Paul W. Downs admitted they think women are just funnier than men – and with material this giddily unhinged, you’ll get no argument from me. Pop them bottles and swim through those seas of dicks, ladies. You’ve earned it.

Scarlett Johansson stars as straight-laced Jess, a hopeful politician whose Miami bachelorette party reunites old college friends. Blair (Zoë Kravitz) leaves behind her custody battle, Frankie (Ilana Glazer) takes a break from full-time activism and Alice (Jillian Bell
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'Rough Night': Film Review

'Rough Night': Film Review
Way back before Friday Night Lights put him on the map as a writer-director, Peter Berg made a deservedly forgotten black comedy called Very Bad Things, about a debauched Las Vegas bachelor party cut short by the buzzkill of a prostitute getting impaled on a coat hook. Oops. That film at least committed to its sourness, whereas Rough Night, which derails the revelry of a Miami bachelorette weekend by similar means, evinces little conviction of any kind. Mostly, it's a flavorless stew of elements from other, not necessarily better, movies that starts dying around the same time as the unintended...
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'The Hangover' to 'Rough Night': 10 Bachelor/Bachelorette Movies to Relive the Parties Gone Wrong

'The Hangover' to 'Rough Night': 10 Bachelor/Bachelorette Movies to Relive the Parties Gone Wrong
If Rough Night teaches anything, it's that something will always go wrong at a bachelorette party. From losing the groom in the Hangover to accidentally killing a prostitute in Very Bad Things, a next-day headache is the least of these characters' worries. The chaos all leads up to the latest comedy, Rough Night.

The film, hitting theaters June 16, stars Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Ilana Glazer and Jillian Bell.

Before seeing the newest party gone wrong, see below a list of bachelor and bachelorette movies with some crazy adventures. 

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Rough Night featurette about director Lucia Aniello reveals new footage

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I've gone on record saying that I'm looking forward to Rough Night. I like how dark it seems to get in the trailer (basically it looks like a female version of Very Bad Things), and I enjoy the cast. Even more than that, I'm a fan of Comedy Central's Broad City, which this movie shares a star (Ilana Glazer) and writer/director Lucia Aniello. So with the release... Read More...
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Posterized June 2017: ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘It Comes at Night,’ and More

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

A five Friday month means a lot of films will be hitting multiplexes and the fact it’s June means even more. Despite this, however, it’s still insane to see that there are five sequels (six if you consider June 16th’s All Eyez on Me as a continuation of Straight Outta Compton like the trades wanted us to believe when it was green-lit). That’s one a week to ensure talk of creative bankruptcy in Hollywood never evaporates. Then again, it doesn’t deserve to in
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New ‘Rough Night’ Trailer Is Filled With Raunchy Hijinks For Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon & More

In 1998’s crime/comedy flick, “Very Bad Things,” a prostitute accidentally gets killed during a bachelor party. Fast-forward nearly two decades and the premise has been flipped for the upcoming “Rough Night,” which leans more raunchy than black comedy in its take on the setup.

Scarlett Johansson, Zoë Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Kate McKinnon star in the movie about five gal pals who go wild in Miami during a bachelorette party, only for a male stripper to wind up dead in their hands.

Continue reading New ‘Rough Night’ Trailer Is Filled With Raunchy Hijinks For Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon & More at The Playlist.
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Summer 2017 Film Preview

Girls Trip

By Joseph Allen and Kelsey Moore

If the movies are any indication, then we are in for one hot yet refreshing summer. Some of the season’s biggest and action-filled flicks feature powerful, female-led narratives, and goodness, do they come out in full force. The much anticipated female-led “Wonder Woman” is the first to hit summer screens, and if that’s not giving the finger to the male-dominated blockbuster, we don’t know what is.

July also has its fair share of action with Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde.” This spy thriller sends Theron’s character to Berlin during the Cold War in order to save one agent whilst exposing others.

In between superheroes and spies, however, there are plenty of festival darlings and lighthearted comedies to enjoy. Marti Noxon’s “To The Bone,” which premiered at Sundance, features Lily Collins as a young woman battling anorexia. The film is based on Noxon’s own experience with an eating disorder and truthfully tackles the fine line between self-acceptance and despair. Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” reunites Robespierre with “Obvious Child’s” Elisabeth Holm and Jenny Slate. It tackles the messiness of family, growing up, and adultery.

Girls Trip,” on the other hand, is the perfect comedy to help beat the summer heat. Featuring the talents of Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish, this ensemble film follows four friends as they rekindle both their friendships and sense of adventure during a girl’s weekend to New Orleans.

August brings a slew of socially conscious titles, including several directed by women. Kathryn Bigelow’s highly anticipated follow-up to “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Detroit,” tells the story of the 1967 Detroit riots, and speaks to our present moment, one where it feels like little has changed in the 50 years since.

“Whose Streets?,” a documentary about the Ferguson protests, speaks to “Detroit’s” continued relevance as a story of racial animus. Co-director Sabaah Folayan gives us an inside look at the protests, and takes the temperature of a community still filled with righteous anger.

Sundance breakout “Step,” directed by Amanda Lipitz, also debuts in August. The documentary chronicles the hardships of a Baltimore school’s step team during their senior year, and explains how important the team has become for the girls on it.

Here are just some of many women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films releasing this summer. Be sure to keep up with Women and Hollywood for exhaustive monthly previews!

All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

June 2

Wonder Woman” — Directed by Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Did you know? Gal Gadot has been very adamant about the film’s feminist framework, stressing that Diana is “free of internalized sexism and any knowledge whatsoever of socialized gender roles.”

June 9

“Beatriz at Dinner”

“Beatriz at Dinner”

Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Southern California. Don Strutt (John Lithgow) is a real estate developer whose cutthroat tactics have made him a self-made, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two polar opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

Did you know? “Beatriz at Dinner” opens this year’s Sundance Film Festival London, and certainly feels like a timely release. In fact, John Lithgow’s character reminds us of a certain real-world real estate developer who is currently inhabiting the Oval Office.

June 16

Maudie” — Directed by Aisling Walsh; Written by Sherry White


Maudie,” based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippling arthritis, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, they become a couple. “Maudie” charts a woman seeking her personal freedom, her unending fight to sustain it, and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Did you know? Maud Lewis was a Canadian folk artist who possessed no formal training. “Maudie” — which is currently playing in Canada — has ignited a renewed interest in her work. In fact, a painting recently found in a thrift shop just sold for $45,000, approximately three times its appraised value.

Rough Night” — Co-Written and Directed by Lucia Aniello

Rough Night

In this edgy R-rated comedy, five best friends from college (played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.

Did you know? Some would call this a gender-reversed redo of the late ‘90s film “Very Bad Things,” starring Christian Slater. But, let’s be honest: with this ensemble of A-listers and comedic geniuses — we’re looking at you, Kate McKinnon and Ilana Glazer — Aniello’s film is sure to bring a lot more laughs and intrigue.

June 23

The Beguiled” — Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola (Limited Release; Opens in Wider Release June 30)

The Beguiled

The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered women (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Emma Howard, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, and Addison Riecke) take in an injured enemy soldier (Colin Farrell). As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

Did you know? Director Sofia Coppola does not consider this a remake of the 1971 film. Instead, she wanted to “tell the same story, but flip it to the women characters’ point of view” as they were the ones “cut off during that time, left behind during the war.”

July 14

To the Bone” — Written and Directed by Marti Noxon (Also Available on Netflix)

To The Bone

Ellen (Lily Collins) is an unruly, anorexic 20-year-old who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor (Keanu Reeves). Surprised by the unusual rules — and charmed by her fellow patients — Ellen has to discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance, in order to stand a chance against her demons. (Sundance Film Institute)

Did you know? This is a deeply personal project for Noxon. As she discussed with Women and Hollywood, she, too, battled anorexia and bulimia for over 10 years. By exploring this experience in her film, Noxon aims to show just how real these diseases are and how far they are from “an issue of vanity.”

Lady Macbeth” — Written by Alice Birch (Opens in NY and La)

Lady Macbeth

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age (Paul Hilton), and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker (Cosmo Jarvis) on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Did you know? Though she made a memorable impression in Carol Morley’s “The Falling” and TV crime thriller “Marcella,” this marks the first major leading role for Florence Pugh, who is receiving fantastic reviews for her performance.

July 21

Girls Trip” — Co-Written by Tracy Oliver, Karen Mccullah, and Erica Rivinoja

When four lifelong friends (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish) travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Did you know? Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith have not been onscreen together since 1996. Their first collaboration, “Set it Off” (also starring Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise), examines the personal and financial struggles of four women who decide to start robbing banks together.

Landline” — Directed by Gillian Robespierre; Written by Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm


The Manhattan of 1995: a land without cell phones, but abundant in CD listening stations, bar smoke, and family dysfunction. Enter the Jacobs. Eldest daughter Dana’s (Jenny Slate) looming marriage to straight-laced Ben (Jay Duplass) prompts a willful dive into her wild side, while her younger sister, Ali (Abby Quinn), is still in high school but leads a covert life of sex, drugs, and clubbing. After discovering love letters penned by their father (John Turturro), the sisters try to expose his apparent affair while keeping it from their all-too-composed mother (Edie Falco). (Sundance Film Institute)

Did you know? Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm previously collaborated on critically acclaimed “Obvious Child,” which also stars Jenny Slate. As Ropespierre told Women and Hollywood, her new film explores the “female perspective of monogamy across multiple generations.”

July 28

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

Did you know? Charlize Theron fought for her character’s no-strings-attached, one-night stand with a female agent. After all, as Theron herself rhetorically asks, “Why is it that James Bond can sleep with every girl in every movie” and nobody questions his lack of emotional investment?

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Bonni Cohen

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Did you know? During an interview with Women and Hollywood, Cohen explained that she wanted audiences to leave the film feeling “empowered — like change is possible and in their hands.” This thirst for change continues throughout her personal work; she is a co-founder of the Catapult Film Fund, which provides development funding and informal mentorship to documentarians.

“From the Land of the Moon” — Co-Written and Directed by Nicole Garcia

“From the Land of the Moon”

In 1950s France, Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man (Louis Garrel) when she is sent away to the Alps to treat an illness. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.

Did you know? “From the Land of the Moon” was one of only three female-directed films that played in competition at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Garcia’s work was in good company, as Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” also graced the screen. Think this year’s Cannes is any better? Check out Women and Hollywood’s infographic and festival thoughts.

August 4

Step” (Documentary) — Directed by Amanda Lipitz


Baltimore is a city that is fighting to save its youth. This documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of the Senior girls on the high school’s Step Team as they prepare to be the first in their families to go to college — and the first graduating class of The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. “Step” is more than just a hobby for these girls, it is the outlet that keeps them united and fighting for their goals.

Did you know? “Step” was awarded the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance 2017 and was picked up at the festival by Fox Searchlight for $4 million.

Detroit” — Directed by Kathryn Bigelow


In the summer of 1967, a handful of rioters took over the city of Detroit following a police raid on an unlicensed bar. Army paratroopers, National Guardsmen, and state and local police were called on to help put a stop to the rioting, which lasted for five days. What sparked the riots was the racism and discrimination of the police force that was felt within the city by the African American population.

Did you know? This is the third collaboration between Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who also worked together on “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker.” Both Bigelow and Boal won Oscars for the latter.

August 11

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) is an unstable young woman with a checkered past of obsessive behavior. She secretly moves to Los Angeles to get close to Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) — an Instagram “lifestyle guru” with a fabulous artist boyfriend, a camera-ready terrier, and an array of new products and brands to promote to her followers. After Ingrid adopts a Taylor-made identity for herself, her machinations to prove she’s Bff material for her Insta idol are underway — that is, until she meets Taylor’s obnoxious brother Nicky (Billy Magnussen), who threatens to tear down her façade. (Sundance Film Festival)

Did you know? “Ingrid Goes West” won the Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance 2017, and was picked up by distributor Neon.

The Glass Castle” — Co-Written by Marti Noxon

The Glass Castle

Based on one of the longest-running New York Times bestsellers, “The Glass Castle” tells the story of Jeannette Walls’ (Brie Larson) unconventional upbringing at the hands of her deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant parents (Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson), and her journey towards acceptance and fulfillment.

Did you know? The film is based on a true story, and Jennifer Lawrence was originally set to star. Brie Larson eventually replaced her.

“Whose Streets?” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Sabaah Folayan

“Whose Streets?”

The activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you “Whose Streets?” — a documentary about the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and then left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis County. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. In the days that follow, artists, musicians, teachers, and parents turn into freedom fighters, standing on the front lines to demand justice. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson, a small suburb of St. Louis, with military grade weaponry, these young community members become torchbearers of a new wave of resistance.

Did you know? As Sabaah Folayan told Women and Hollywood, “Whose Streets?” exists to “honor those who put their lives and livelihoods on the line to fight for our constitutional rights.”

August 18

“Patti Cake$”

“Patti Cake$”

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper (Danielle Macdonald) finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in “Patti Cake$,” the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, “Patti Cake$” chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy, and some unforgettable beats.

Did you know? The film has been compared to “8 Mile” and “Hustle & Flow,” but it’s a departure from these films because its central figure is a woman. “Patti Cake$” examines the barriers women face in entering the world of hip hop. At the same time, it questions whether its central figure is appropriating black culture.

August 25

“The Unknown Girl”

“The Unknown Girl”

Dr. Jenny Davin (Adèle Haenel) runs a busy bare-bones medical clinic on the outskirts of Liege. Late one night, hours past closing time, Jenny ignores a buzz at the clinic’s door. The next morning she learns that this buzz came from a young woman in need of help, and that this unidentified caller is now dead. Weighed down by guilt and the thought of an unknown girl in an unmarked grave, Jenny applies her methodical, diagnostic mind to the case, making it her mission to find out who this woman was, and who, or what, was responsible for her death. (Toronto International Film Festival)

Did you know? The film’s directors, the Dardenne brothers, initially wanted to cast Marion Cottilard in the role, but ended up casting her in the Oscar-nominated “Two Days, One Night” instead.

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Scarlett Johansson Throws a Rager in Rough Night Red Band Trailer

Scarlett Johansson Throws a Rager in Rough Night Red Band Trailer
If you've ever wanted to see Scarlett Johansson do a bunch of drugs with some funny ladies and accidentally kill a male stripper, you'll probably want to watch this latest red band trailer for Rough Night. Instead of seeing Scarlett Johansson disposing of some bad guys as an Avenger, we are going to see her up to absolutely no good and be an accessory to murder in this R-rated comedy that looks like it could be the female version of The Hangover. Fair warning: this thing is very Nsfw, so if you're around small children or in an office, at least throw on some headphones.

Sony recently released this second trailer for Rough Night which paints pretty much the same picture as the first trailer did, but it is definitely a bit heavier on the raunchy stuff. By the looks of it, this movie will be blending elements from The Hangover,
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