Reel Women

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

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by Britt Hayes June 21, 2013 03:00 PM
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.

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

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by Britt Hayes May 24, 2013 11:00 AM
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.

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

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by Britt Hayes April 05, 2013 12:15 PM
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.

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

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by Britt Hayes March 28, 2013 04:00 PM
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.

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

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by Britt Hayes February 07, 2013 03:39 PM
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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