Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire follows Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a painter, who is tasked with painting a portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a soon-to-be bride, but must do so in secret. Unexpectedly though, both women find themselves falling for each other.

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Birds of Prey (2020)

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Birds of Prey takes place after Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) and the Joker have broken up. With a hit now on her head, she is wanted by Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), but ends up working with Black Canary (Jurnee Smollet-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez) to protect a little girl named Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) from this rising villain.

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Late Night (2019)

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Late Night is a film written from Mindy Kaling partly inspired by the time Kaling was a writer and diversity hire on The Office. It centers on late night talk show host, Katherine Newberry (Emma Thompson) who is on the cusp of losing her show. She has to hire a new female writer named Molly (Kaling) to ward off backlash but she ends up giving the show new life.

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On the Basis of Sex (2018)

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On the Basis of Sex revolves around Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) as she struggles to be taken seriously as a lawyer until a case concerning gender discrimination against a man is discovered by her husband, Marty (Armie Hammer), that could allow her to challenge gender discrimination on a broader scale.

I am a huge fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and if you have seen the documentary about her, RBG, then you know a bit about that the case that they’re tackling in this film. And this film made me realize that women in the United States would not be where they are today without Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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GLOW Season 2 (Netflix)

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The ladies are back in GLOW season 2. Now that the wrestling show has been officially picked up, the director, Sam (Marc Maron), stressed out about the show and being a father to his daughter, Justine, leaving Ruth (Alison Brie) to try to amp up the girls and finds herself having a newfound admirer. Ruth and Debbie (Betty Gilpin) are still on the outs, and Debbie is spiraling with her divorce.

If you haven’t seen GLOW already I highly recommend it, the first seasons surrounds a group of ladies auditioning for a wrestling TV show having no clue how to wrestle and end up being a dysfunctional but fun female family. The main characters – Ruth, Sam, and Debbie – continue to shine in season 2. And it’s nice to see what challenges this group of women continue to face with their cult level of fame.

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Never Goin’ Back (2018)

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If you thought Lady Bird was irresponsible then get ready for this.

Never Goin’ Back is a film about two teenage girls, Jessie and Angela, who are high school dropouts and work as waitresses. They dream about vacationing at the beach and book a trip not too far to Galveston, TX. But now they’re short on their rent money, everything keeps going wrong, and they must figure out how to get some fast cash.

This film was actually really entertaining and super wild. The two actresses, Camila Morrone and Maia Mitchell,  who play Jessie and Angela respectively, are total up and coming stars. Their friendship is the core of this film and what makes this film work. Without these actresses’ chemistry, the film would fail.

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Ocean’s 8 (2018)

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Ocean’s 8 surrounds Debbie Ocean, played by Sandra Bullock, getting out of prison and planning what may be the biggest jewelry heist ever at the Met Gala – a diamond necklace valued at 150 million dollars. For this heist she needs 7 other women and they just happen to be played by total superstars like Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, and more.

Ocean’s 8 is a fun movie. The cast works great together and you can just relax, sit, and escape the real world for a little bit. Sandra Bullock plays the role of master manipulator very well, simply oozing confidence with every step. Anne Hathaway and Rihanna, I think are the other two standouts, though everyone is good in their role. Some women get more screen time than others, but they all serve their purpose in the film. And since the film takes place at the Met Gala, except tons of cameos by popular celebrities.

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Jessica Jones Season 2 (Netflix)

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The newest season of Jessica Jones dropped yesterday and I, personally, couldn’t wait for it. Jessica Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, is my favorite of the Marvel Netflix superheroes because she is such a deeply flawed, damaged human and rightfully so given all that has happened to her.

Season 2 is definitely not as good as season 1. Season 2 revolves more about Jessica’s past and her origin, all of which is interesting, but I think this season definitely lacks a center focus. With season 1 the focus was on Kilgrave, a villain played by David Tennant, and Jessica. But with Kilgrave gone, there wasn’t a main antagonist presented until about episode 5 which definitely made the first part of the season drag along. But the latter half of the season definitely picks up.

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