Girlhood is the third feature film from director Céline Sciamma, known for her other works such as Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Tomboy. Girlhood follows Marieme (Karidja Touré), a young girl who begins the process of discovering herself after meeting a new group of girls that she befriends. Marieme lives with her two younger sisters and her older brother, who often abuses and mistreats them. Her mother works all the time, so Marieme has had to take the motherly role for her sisters. As she begins to gain a deeper sense of independence, Marieme moves further away from…


The Miseducation of Cameron Post is the second feature film from director Desiree Akhavan and stars Chloe Grace Moretz in the titular role. In 1993, Cameron’s boyfriend catches her sharing an intimate moment called God’s Promise. While there, Cameron meets residents Jane (Sasha Lane) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck), who alter her perceptions on the camp and make her question the practices being used. …


Bound, directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski, follows Corky (Gina Gershon), an ex-con turned mechanic, and Violet (Jennifer Tilly), the wife of a mobster, as they plot a scheme to steal money from the mob and run away together. Over the course of their scheme, Corky and Violet fall for one another; what follows is a thrilling, entertaining, and fun ride of deception and lies.

Bound is most notable for how fun and entertaining it is. Sure, the movie is done well technically, though nothing stands out as particularly flashy (nor does it need to) — but the core of…


Spoilers for Kajillionaire ahead.

The third feature film from Miranda July, Kajillionaire follows an L.A. family full of small-time scam artists as they try to find a way to make enough money to pay their long overdue rent. While trying — and typically failing — to do so, they meet a new, vibrant girl named Melanie (Gina Rodriguez) who turns their plans upside down, specifically those of the daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood). …


I Care A Lot, directed by J Blakeson, follows Marla (Rosamund Pike), a legal guardian for the elderly who manipulates her clients as a means of draining them of their money in a plot to become rich. Marla works with her partner Fran (Eiza González) to steal the savings of her new client Jennifer (Dianne Wiest), but is unaware of Jennifer’s ties to the mafia. After finding out his mother is being taken advantage of, Roman (Peter Dinklage) vows to go to any lengths necessary to get Jennifer back. …


Little Woods stars Tessa Thompson as Oleander (or Ollie as she is called), a woman living in North Dakota who’s on probation for selling medication to people in town in an effort to provide them access to healthcare. Ollie has left this part of her life behind her after getting caught, but this changes when her sister Deb (Lily James) comes to her in a desperate plea for help — she needs to find a way to afford an abortion, and fast. In an effort to help her sister, Ollie returns to her crusade, only to suffer through various obstacles…


Malcolm & Marie follows the titular couple who, after coming home from the former’s movie premiere, get into a heated argument that lasts throughout the night. Their relationship is tested as they await the reviews for Malcolm’s movie, and secret resentments reveal themselves as the couple reaches a boiling point.

The best part of Malcolm & Marie- and the only thing that is really noteworthy- are the performances. Led by John David Washington and Zendaya, the film keeps the audience interested because of the talent of the leads. It is worth watching for them alone, and they deserve credit for…


Pariah follows Alike (Adepero Oduye), a young, butch lesbian living in a predominately black community in Brooklyn as she undergoes a journey of coming to terms with her identity and finding her place in the world.

Alike lives with her parents and her younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse), who knows Alike is a lesbian but keeps it a secret. She has a close relationship with her father Arthur (Charles Parnell) but still fears him finding out about her sexuality. …


Promotional Poster for “Madeline’s Madeline”

Madeline’s Madeline, a 2018 film directed by Josephine Decker and starring Helena Howard in the titular role, follows a young girl who is part of a professional acting troupe. As Madeline’s dedication to her work grows, and as her relationship with her mother (Miranda July) grows more and more fractured, the lines between Madeline’s real life and her stage life begin to blur. What follows is an emotional, frightening, and dreamlike story looking at the way in which actresses are exploited because of their vulnerabilities, and how often this exploitation is overlooked.


A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, directed by Iranian filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour, follows a lonesome vampire, known only by the name of The Girl (Sheila Vand), as she stalks and preys upon men who exploit and take advantage of women in the fictional town of Bad City, Iran.

Promotional Poster for “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”

The town, riddled with drugs and prostitution, is full of men who abuse their power over women. Throughout the film, The Girl seeks out these men and kills them as a means of protecting the women of Bad City, namely Atti (Mozhan Marnò), a prostitute who is repeatedly taken advantage…

Marisa Jones

They/She. Screenwriter, Creative Writer, and Incluvie Critic.

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