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  We are so thrilled to have the uber-talented Shailene Woodley on the cover of our February/March issue (on newsstands now!), and we're super excited for her breakout role as kickass heroine Tris Prior in Divergent.  (Plus, she zip-lined onto the Kimmel stage last night...our lady crush is deep and abiding.) The trailer just dropped this afternoon! Watch it below, and let us know what you think...     Photo via ... Read More
The new Chloe Sevigny and Jena Malone vehicle The Wait is about two sisters, one of whom believes their dead mother will come back to life if her body remains in the house. It’s a sketchy premise that calls for some deft character development to make believable, so it’s to the credit of M. Blash, the film’s writer and director, that he can mostly skim over the original jumping-off point and create a compelling narrative about how we experience ... Read More
After 22 films and several great parties I am finally back home, safe and sound in Brooklyn.  Sundance announced their awards last night and I somehow managed to not see hardly any of the winning films. I did see some fantastic cinema though, and here are a few more of my recommendations from my Sundance 2014 trip. You can see my previous post here. HELLION: For her first feature, director Kat Candler comes out swinging with a terrific new family drama about ... Read More
  So many films, so little time! The breadth and scope of this international festival is hard to grasp. I’ve been here for a week seeing 4 to 5 movies a day, and I feel like I just scratched the surface.  As many of these films will be released over the next year, I am here as your guide to point you towards the right theatres to park your butt in. More to come! That said, there is one film that is towering over all the rest. The new film by ... Read More
It's that time of year again! The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is underway. This year, there is a short but mighty list of female directors presenting new and exciting work. The crowds are finally starting to pay attention. (Rose McGowan's Dawn) One film impressing the Utah crowds is Rose McGowan's directorial debut Dawn. A stand-out, refreshingly  unpredictable short that captures the innocence and heartache of adolescence. The film expertly ... Read More
It appears my favorite sassiest and most "illustrated" resident of the Plaza Hotel is finally getting her own documentary, and at the helm is none other than Girls star Lena Dunham. The Vogue cover girl recently revealed that she will be working alongside Girls co-writer and executive producer Jenni Konner on a documentary about Eloise  illustrator Hilary Knight. An american illustrator, Knight became a household name in the literary world when he began ... Read More
Attention everyone: the girls are back in town (did they ever leave?). The Brooklyn Academy of Music will be hosting a film series entitled "Vengeance is Hers" from February 7-18. Get ready for this tribute to some of the greatest roles written for women in film history: "From screwball proto-feminism to witchy gothic horror to cerebral auteurist classics, this series gathers some of cinema’s most unforgettable heroines and anti-heroines as they seize ... Read More
  “Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men,” wrote the Disney company in 1938 in response to a female animator. It’s hard today not to treat Walt Disney worshipfully, as the Disney film “Saving Mr. Banks” might have done, but remembering the Disney legacy must include honest reflection on his mistakes, mainly his sexism and ... Read More
It seems all this talk of movies with lead female characters making more money has finally caught on to the head media honchos in Hollywood, and I think it's about time. IndieWire created a list of some of the most anticipated movies of 2014 and I was happily surprised to find so many female driven plots as well as strong female influence behind the scenes. You can expect everything from a fierce Angelina Jolie in "Maleficent," the long awaited Veronica Mars movie ... Read More
Take a glance back in time, just for a second, and think about what you were doing when you were 14. Maybe checking out TRL after school? Eating junk food and talking about young love at sleepovers with your best buds? Cutting your own bangs? Well before she was old enough to drive a car, Laura Dekker sailed around the world.  Maidentrip chronicles the journey of 14-year-old Laura Dekker’s record-breaking sail in an inspiring film, screening on January ... Read More
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