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Reel Women: ‘You’re Next’ Takes an Axe to the “Final Girl”

You're Next
Lionsgate

'You're Next,' which hits theaters today, is an inventive, fresh, clever and incredibly engaging new horror film from Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard. While it has so much going for it to make it one of the most original horror films in recent memory, there's one crucial element that sets it apart (and above) its horror forebears: the reinvention of the "final girl" trope. Goodbye, final girl. Hello, final woman.

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Reel Women: ‘The Bling Ring’ Is All Sparkle, No Substance

The Bling Ring
A24

Sofia Coppola ('Marie Antoinette,' 'Lost in Translation') returns with a new movie about a real-life group of privileged LA teens who invaded the homes of celebrities to steal their clothing and jewelry. Unfortunately, 'The Bling Ring' is as vacant as the homes these kids pillage.

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Reel Women: We Are All ‘Frances Ha’

Frances Ha
IFC Films

Directed by Noah Baumbach and co-written by and starring Greta Gerwig, 'Frances Ha' gives us a character study about a messy 27-year-old woman, meandering through life in New York and grappling with potentially losing her best friend to a boyfriend. Sound familiar? Thought so.

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Reel Women: ‘Before Midnight’ Is the Beautifully Honest Relationship Film You Need to See

Before Midnight
Warner Bros.

Richard Linklater brings his 'Before' trilogy to close this week with 'Before Midnight,' in which we pick up with Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) 10 years after the second film. 'Before Sunrise' found our characters making an unlikely, serendipitous connection; 'Before Sunset' examined how they evolved 10 years later, and whether that initial connection could stand the test of time; and 'Before Midnight' gives us an incredibly honest portrait of relationships.

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Reel Women: About That Rosario Dawson Nude Scene…

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In Danny Boyle's 'Trance,' Rosario Dawson goes full-frontal much to the delight of many viewers, but the nudity is troublesome and lingers with you long after the film -- and not in a good way.

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Reel Women: On Inappropriate Reactions from the Audience and Where Responsibility Lies

Audience Reactions
Sony Pictures/Lionsgate/A24/Open Road Films

When are we to be held accountable for the way we react to what's on screen, and how much of our reaction is to be blamed on the director's failure to communicate clearly? For this we look to the new 'Evil Dead,' 'Tyler Perry's Temptation,' 'The Host' and 'Spring Breakers' -- four very different movies, but all with something in common.

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Reel Women: On ‘Spring Breakers’ and the Fantasy of Female Agency

Spring Breakers Review
A24

Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers' is the outlaw fantasy of four college girls (or maybe just two of them) behaving very, very badly with guns and bikinis and one delightfully trashy white rapper. But the most crucial takeaway from the film isn't satire of primitive American debauchery -- instead it's how we want to perceive these women and why the agency they have over their lives and bodies feels too fantastical to believe.

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Reel Women: Women in Film at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival

Spring Breakers
A24

This week we take a look at some of the women in film and the way they're being utilized and presented at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival in movies like 'Evil Dead,' 'Spring Breakers,' and many more.

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Reel Women: The Women of ‘Oz’ Are the Great and Powerful Ones

Oz the Great and Powerful
Walt Disney Pictures

'Oz, The Great and Powerful' is in theaters this weekend, and while the film serves as an origin story for the Wizard of Oz, it's the women who are truly great and powerful.

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Reel Women: Why Do People Hate Anne Hathaway?

Anne Hathaway 2013 Golden Globes
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

We can all agree that Anne Hathaway is a gifted actress and a delight to watch on screen, but apparently many of you hate her off-screen persona -- an issue that calls to mind similar, recent complaints about Beyonce in her HBO documentary. And an issue that I don't agree with.

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