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Reel Women: About That Rosario Dawson Nude Scene…


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

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

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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Reel Women: Why Jennifer Lawrence Is the Best Choice for Young Han Solo

Jennifer Lawrence Han Solo
20th Century Fox/Vogue

With Lucasfilm and Disney making a standalone 'Star Wars' film focusing on the adventures of young Han Solo, we started thinking about the young actors that could possibly fill those shoes, and only one name made sense: Jennifer Lawrence. Too bad she's a woman.

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Reel Women: ‘Girls Against Boys’ Has Nothing New (or Interesting) to Say

Girls Against Boys
Anchor Bay

Austin Chick's 'Girls Against Boys' is yet another in a long line of rape/revenge thrillers, this time dressed down for listless millennials, but rather than turn in a thoughtful essay, it looks like Chick just copied from his classmates in Feminism 101.

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Reel Women: Are Romantic Comedies and Porn That Different?

Don Jon's Addiction Scarlett Johansson Joseph Gordon Levitt

'Don Jon's Addiction,' the directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, explores the ways in which rom-coms and porn might both be creating unreasonable expectations for women and men alike -- but neither form of media is mutually gender exclusive and both can be damaging, if we allow it.

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Reel Women: Lena Dunham, Beauty Standards, and When Critics Go Too Far

Girls Season 2 Photos

This week journalist Linda Stasi of The New York Post wrote a review (?) of the second season of Lena Dunham's 'Girls,' but wound up passive-aggressively -- and sometimes aggressively -- critiquing Dunham's body instead. Why are we still talking about this?

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