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Reel Women: ‘Smashed’

Sony Pictures Classics

In the new indie drama 'Smashed,' Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays an alcoholic school teacher trying to get sober while struggling with marriage to her similarly booze-ridden husband. The film, out now in limited release, is a heart-wrenching portrait of addiction and salvation.

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Reel Women: Beautiful Actresses Can Be Funny Too

Female Comedians

Clearly, Deadline reporter Nikki Finke never received the memo that both humor and beauty are subjective, as she blogged this week that pretty actresses are incapable of being funny because they have no experience with "emotional pain and humiliation." We, um, politely disagree.

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Reel Women: ‘Nobody Walks’

Trailer For Sundance Hit 'Nobody Walks'

Impulse and senses collide in a tale of emotional propriety and nebulous boundaries in 'Nobody Walks,' the new film from director Ry Russo-Young. Co-written by Lena Dunham, the film follows Martine (Olivia Thirlby), a young artist who comes to stay with a liberal family and casually shakes their microcosm listlessly as if it were a snowglobe placed there for her amusement.

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Reel Women: ‘Bachelorette’

The Weinstein Company

Based on the play of the same name, writer and director Leslye Headland's film 'Bachelorette' tells the story of three messy-headed bridesmaids on the day leading up to the wedding of a friend from high school they used to call "Pigface."

But beneath all the superficial cattiness, drugs, and booze there lies a harsh reality for each of these women.

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Reel Women: On Skylar White of ‘Breaking Bad,’ Perspective and Power


It was easy to hate Skylar White, the wife of cancer-addled meth-cooker Walter on AMC's 'Breaking Bad.' In the beginning she felt like a nagging, controlling wife who emasculated her husband, but Skylar evolved as the series went on, giving us one of the most complex female characters on television.

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Reel Women: ‘Ruby Sparks’ and the Deconstruction of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Ruby Sparks
Fox Searchlight

Writer Calvin Weir-Fields (Paul Dano) has a severe case of writer's block until he dreams of his perfect girl and literally writes her into existence in 'Ruby Sparks,' the new film from 'Little Miss Sunshine' team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Feris.

Ruby, played by Zoe Kazan -- who also wrote the script -- is the epitome of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but in this meta tale of romantic expectations, she also examines the ways in which the archetype is flawed.

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Reel Women: ‘The Queen of Versailles’

Queen of Versailles
Magnolia Pictures

Jackie and David Siegel were worth $400 million before the stock market dropped in 2008. David had built the world's largest time share empire, which he was using with his wife Jackie to build the largest house in America, modeled after the palace of Versailles in France -- a project which the couple must now face abandoning in the wake of their mounting financial crisis. Deep in debt and with several of his properties in foreclosure, David struggles to find the money to maintain the luxurious lifestyle to which his wife and eight children have become accustomed.

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Reel Women: The Divorce of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and Media Opportunism

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

This week it was announced that Katie Holmes is divorcing Tom Cruise. The usual tabloid suspects jumped on it so quickly you'd wonder if there's some sort of press room offering free brunch and mimosas aboard that train wreck. But there was something a little too opportunistic happening -- posts about Cruise's career and the possible effects of this divorce on box office sales of 'The Master,' and even a magazine spread re-worked to appear as though it foretold the divorce. To all of which we say, seriously?

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Reel Women: ‘Lola Versus’ the Film Critics

Lola Versus
Fox Searchlight

What do you do when your female-centric indie film tanks at the box office? Blame "older male critics," of course, and the filmmakers of 'Lola Versus' did just that. In this week's Reel Women we take a look at how this perceived misogyny is just as dangerous as the real thing.

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Reel Women: Who’s the Fairest of Them All?

Snow White and the Huntsman
Universal Pictures

'Snow White and the Huntsman' hit theaters last weekend, and with it a barrage of jokes from people wondering how anyone could consider Kristen Stewart more attractive than Charlize Theron.

We need to have a little talk because this is a problem.

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