Women-Centric Films Opening Friday, June 8

It’s that time again! Time to see which women-centric films will premiere in theatres this week. 
I’m uber excited to see Lola Versus. Starring Greta Gerwig — the only redeemable part of the annoying and insipid Greenberg (oh and the abortion plotline…seriously, I’m a big fan of abortion on-screen) — it’s a film about a woman turning 30, dumped right before her wedding, trying to find her “way in the world.” The hilarious trailer echoes themes found in Bridesmaids, Young Adult, 30 Rock and Girls of messy, complicated women struggling to figure out who they are, what they want and where they belong in life.

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding, just had a sneak preview premiere in NYC last night hosted by Women’s Media Center. Sidebar, feminists swarmed Chace Crawford’s table. Starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener and Elisabeth Olsen, this looks great as it explores the relationship between 3 generations of women. And Jane Fonda plays a hippie. As a secret (or maybe not so secret) hippie myself, I’m curious to see if she will be a complex character or just a caricature. But I’m most interested to see how the gender and age dynamics between mother/daughter and grandmother/granddaughter will play out.

I’m not sure about 1 Out of 7 as it looks incredibly depressing but it’s great to see the underutilized Vivica A. Fox on-screen.

I also cannot wait to see Prometheus, which at first might not seem like a female-centric film (and who knows, maybe it’s really not). But with the astounding Noomi Rapace in the lead role, chameleonesque Charlize Theron in a supporting role, and directed by Ridley Scott — who continually professes his love for strong, intelligent female characters, has showcased “warrior women” throughout his entire career with Ripley, Thelma and Louise, G.I. Jane, and announced that the upcoming Blade Runner sequel will boast a female protagonist — I’m buoyantly optimistic

Well, that’s my two cents. Which films are you excited to see??

Corpo Celeste

Having recently returned to her native Italy after living in Switzerland for 10 years, quiet but curious 13-year-old Marta is left to her own devices while her loving but worn-out mother toils away at an industrial bakery. Marta’s only source of socialization is the local church, where she is told to attend preparatory classes for her confirmation. But the doctrines of Roman Catholicism offer little in terms of life lessons or consolation, and she quickly sees through the hypocrisy of the priest, who cares more about status than about his constituents. Eventually, Marta forges her very own way of the cross, which turns out to have much less to do with God than with her own climb towards adulthood. — (C) Film Movement

Greta Gerwig plays Lola, a 29-year-old woman dumped by her longtime boyfriend Luke (Kinnaman) just three weeks before their wedding. With the help of her close friends Henry (Linklater) and Alice (Lister-Jones), Lola embarks on a series of desperate encounters in an attempt to find her place in the world as a single woman approaching 30. — (C) Fox Searchlight

Lexi, seeking to escape her overbearing mother runs away to the streets of Portland, Oregon. Lexi searches for belonging, but her underground life crumbles when she finds herself alone and pregnant. Lexi turns to Devon, a woman with her own demons, and an emotional bond builds between them as Devon attempts to make up for past mistakes by nursing Lexi toward her impending delivery… — (C) Official Site

Directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Bruce Beresford, Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding stars Academy Award winning Jane Fonda, two-time Academy Award nominated Catherine Keener, international heartthrob Chace Crawford, and Sundance’s “breakout star” Elizabeth Olsen. A comedy about an uptight New York City lawyer who takes her two spirited teenagers to her hippie mother’s farmhouse in the countryside for a family vacation. What was meant to be a weekend getaway quickly turns into a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets, and self‐discovery. — (C) IFC

Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. — (C) Official Site

All film descriptions taken from Rotten Tomatoes.

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